We see two main reasons why a 2022 Mazda CX-5 is better than any of the compact SUV rivals. You like the idea that you can sit high and have more utility, but would gladly trade maximum family-friendly utility in favor of a better-quality interior, sleek styling, and a more enjoyable driving experience. Singles, DINKs, and empty nesters are all eligible. You are looking for a family-friendly car but your current vehicle is too small and slow. We feel your pain.
The CX-5 is an excellent choice if you are interested in either one of these options. It’s also one of our top-recommended compact SUVs. The CX-5 is a great SUV to drive and look at. It also comes in the top trim levels which makes it a viable option to luxury SUVs. It is unlike any other SUV. It is still smaller and less functional that the CR-Vs and RAV4s around the world. It is also less efficient and does not offer a hybrid engine. It may not be perfect, but it will work for the right buyers.
What’s new in 2022?
All CX-5s now come standard with all-wheel drive. This joins the Subaru Forester, which is the only vehicle in the segment. For 2022, the styling has been subtly revised, with new LED headlight and taillight elements and a new three-dimensional grille insert. This is surrounded by new chrome trim, bumper designs, and larger dual tailpipes. Signature, the range-topping model, gets body-colored lower body trim, and fender flares. These pieces are black on all trims. The visual differences between 2022 and 2021 can be seen above.
To reduce vibration and noise, the suspension and frame were modified to improve ride comfort and reduce vibration. The available turbo engine, which produces more power with 93 octane, also has a better transmission response. Redesigned front seats were also included. There are also new trim levels available for 2022.
What is the interior and technology of the CX-5?
The CX-5 has a stylish, sophisticated design and materials that match. It exudes a premium feel that no other direct competitor can match. The top trims have heated and ventilated seats, as well as high-quality leather with French contrast stitching. This Signature comes with Catarra Brown Nappa leather. The Signature’s dash, doors, and center console have a padded and stitched pleather. Also, the alloy trim is a nice touch, especially the air vents that appear to protrude from the dash. Although the Signature’s wood-look trim is not available on lower trim levels of the vehicle, the interior atmosphere remains premium and stylish. This is especially true for vehicles like the Toyota RAV4 or Subaru Forester, which have a more rugged and utilitarian feel.
Mazda’s tech interface uses a knob controller in the center of the console, rather than a touchscreen. It’s not a deliberate effort to reduce driver distraction. It’s large and easy-to-see, while offering a simple and fast user interface. It is large and ergonomically located on the center console. The knob controls it. Like BMW’s iDrive controllers, it can move left/right, up/down among icons, or rotate through menus. This is the key feature for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These connectivity features are designed for touchscreens. Selecting their icons by rotating the knob and clicking on it is slower and more distracting than it should be. However, it is easier to navigate through playlists and contacts with a knob. And unlike other manufacturers Mazda doesn’t lock these functions out while the vehicle is moving (which is good news for passengers).
What is the CX-5’s size?
The CX-5 is a compact SUV at the small end. The CX-5 has enough space for four people to comfortably ride in relative comfort. However, families might appreciate the extra space offered by the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson, as well as the Toyota RAV4. Children are more likely than adults to kick the seats in front of their child seats. Those up front will need to lift their seats to make space for rear-facing child seat.
The CX-5 offers 30.9 cubic feet of space behind the back seat. This is significantly less than other competitors. The Hyundai Tucson is the most spacious with 38.7 cubic-feet. The Honda CR-V (39.5) and Toyota RAV4 (37.5), are almost identical, while the Subaru Forester (33 to 35, depending on the options). The CX-5 has more storage than the Chevy Equinox or Ford Escape. It can also hold five suitcases and three dufflebags, according to our luggage test. This is a significant upgrade to mid-compact SUVs such as Mazda’s CX-30.
What are the performance and fuel economy specs for the CX-5?
Mazda CX-5 trims with 2.5 S in their names feature a 2.5-liter Inline-four that generates 187 horsepower and 186 pounds-feet torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. This AWD system monitors vehicle weight and other factors such as throttle position and currenttraction to improve handling and response. The fuel economy estimates range from 24 mpg in the city to 30 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg when combined. These figures are lower than those of the CR-V and Forester, which average between 28-29 mpg each. The CR-V, RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson offer hybrid powertrains that are more efficient and highly recommended.
The trim levels that have 2.5 Turbo in their names feature a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 227 horsepower and 310 lb.ft torque. If you live in an area that offers it, you can get 256 horsepower on 93 octane. This engine can produce the kind of acceleration that no other engines in this segment can match, even the ones mentioned above. The engine is also paired with an all-wheel drive and a six speed automatic. The fuel economy drops further to 22 mpg in the city, 27 highway mpg and 24 combined mpg.
How does the CX-5 drive?
The Mazda compact crossover is ideal for those whose lives have changed and require a more agile vehicle. The CX-5’s precise steering and responsive throttle response recall Porsche. It has a six-speed automatic transmission that favors performance over fuel efficiency while still getting good mileage. The CX-5 should feel “just right” to those who prefer sportier, less family-oriented transport. Its ride quality is firmer than expected. Even with large wheels, it’s not harsh but you definitely feel the road more than most.
G-Vectoring Control Plus technology, which Mazda is the only company to use, shifts weight onto the front wheels using engine torque. This provides greater grip on the turning wheels and, while it is most evident in poor road conditions it also instills calm assurance in the driver on curviest roads, even when the surface is dry. It can also apply brakes to the outside wheels, which gives the vehicle smooth control normally reserved for sports sedans.