• 2022 Mazda CX-5

Mazda’s best-selling mid-size SUV just got a few design tweaks and updates

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Mazda North American has announced that the 2022 CX-5, it’s best-selling SUV – is finally getting some much-needed updates. The most important change is the addition of AWD as standard equipment across the lineup. However, it should also be noted that there are a few exterior design tweaks as well. But can it stand firm against the slightly lower-priced Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson?

Overview.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Exterior
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The new 2022 CX-5 is not all new but Mazda has confirmed a few important changes over the outgoing model. The first and foremost would be the new i-ACTIV AWD standard across all trims, along with re-tweaked chassis and suspension for better stability. Speaking of trims, the Grand Touring Reserve will get replaced with a new Turbo trim and will feature the 2.5-liter turbocharged mill. The exterior gets new sleeker headlamps and a newly designed intake grille. However, the base trim is still powered by the same 187-horsepower engine. Pricing has yet to be revealed, but the 2022 CX-5 is expected to start under $30,000.

Trims and Features.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Exterior
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Unlike the outgoing model, the new 2022 CX-5 will be offered in five different trim levels: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Turbo, and Turbo Signature. The Turbo trim replaces the Grand Touring Reserve and Mazda stated that the Turbo trims will feature special exterior and interior design elements that would distinguish them from the lower trims. The entry-level CX-5 will be priced around $28,000 and will sport features such as:

  • 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 engine with AWD.
  • Six-speed automatic transmission.
  • 17-inch alloy wheels.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
  • 10.25-inch central display.
  • Four-speaker audio unit.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
  • Manual air conditioning.
2022 Mazda CX-5 Exterior
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As for the driver assistance features, these are included as standard:

  • Lane-departure warning.
  • Forward collision mitigation.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Blindspot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
2022 Mazda CX-5 Trims And Features
Trims Expected Price Features
Sport $28,000 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine with all-wheel-drive, six-speed automatic transmission, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and shift knob, 17-inch alloy wheels, four-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, manual air conditioning.
Touring $30,000 Keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-way power-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, faux-leather upholstery, six-speaker audio unit.
Grand Touring $32,000 Sunroof, a power liftgate, driver-seat memory settings, leather upholstery, 10-speaker Bose premium audio, power-adjustable passenger seat, 19-inch wheels, upgraded driver information display, satellite radio, paddle shifters. 
Turbo $37,000 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, heads-up display, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, interior red stitching and accents, heated rear seats, power-folding mirrors
Turbo Signature $39,000 Silver-finished wheels, Nappa leather and genuine woodgrain interior trim, ambient interior lighting, navigation system, 360-degree camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror, parking sensors. 

Exterior Upgrades.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Exterior
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The new 2022 CX-5 gets mild updates, and it looks even better now with the rectangular-shaped horizontal LEDs at the front and rear. The intake grille now ditches the mesh design and a three-dimensional texture takes its place. The taillights get similarly shaped LEDs like that of the front and are pretty much the same as the outgoing model year with dual-exhaust pipes. While the looks are eye-catchy, it gets an attractive set of aluminum alloy wheels that influences the modern touch and the urban vehicle feel. In terms of dimensions, the new CX-5 will be measuring similar length, width, height, wheelbase, and ground clearance as that of the outgoing model. The curb weight might go up a little but nothing worth noticing.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Exterior Dimensions
Model 2022 Mazda CX-5 (as of 2021 model year)
Curb Weight (lb) 3,809
Length (inches) 179.1
Width (inches) 72.5
Height (inches) 65.3
Ground Clearance (inches) 7.5
Wheelbase (inches) 106.2

Interior: Features and Practicality.

2017 Mazda CX-5 High Resolution Interior
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Similar to the previous year, the cabin feels airy in the front and, for the 2022 model year, Mazda has updated the seats for added comfort with extra bolstering. The driving position is upright as usual and offers a good view of the road. The dashboard remains similar to the outgoing model with nice soft-touch materials available with the higher trims. There’s a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob fitted as standard which has integrated buttons for summoning the adaptive cruise control and other infotainment features. The cloth-covered standard seats offer decent comfort but opting for the higher trims with leather seats will enhance the comfort with a level of opulence.

2017 Mazda CX-5 High Resolution Interior
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The cabin is decently spacious to fit up to 5 people but unlike the front row, the rear is not the best in terms of legroom. Taller individuals will find the back seats to be a bit cramped but it is not the worst. With 39.7 and 39.0 inches of headroom, passengers will be able to sit comfortably without banging their heads on the roof. Now that we know about the cabin feels, let’s talk about the practicality. Behind the rear seats, 30.9 cubic feet of boot space is available which is enough for your weekend getaways or cross-country tours. However, it is surely not the best compared to the likes of the Hyundai Tucson which sports 38.7 cubic feet for cargo capacity. A few interior highlights include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel.
  • Keyless ignition.
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver seat with memory functions and multi-level heating options.
  • 6-way power-adjustable passenger seat with multi-level heating options.
  • Nappa leather seats and wooden interior trims.
  • Heated rear seats.
  • Upgraded driver information display.
2022 Mazda CX-5 Interior Dimensions
Model 2022 Mazda CX-5
Seating Capacity 5
Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 39.7/57.1/41.0
Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches) 39.0/54.8/39.6
Cargo Capacity (lb) 30.9
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The infotainment system features the same display from the outgoing model which is a 10.25-inch non-touchscreen display. The screen can be controlled via a knob or buttons on the center console but it lacks intuitiveness as you could get distracted while operating the system. Mazda Connected Service helps with seamless Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. A four-speaker audio system comes standard. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay make things easier but Mazda should add a touch-sensitive screen for better usability. A few of the available infotainment features are as follows:

  • 10.25-inch center-mounted display.
  • Mazda Connected Services.
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
  • Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
  • Satellite radio.
  • Navigation system.
  • 10-speaker Bose premium audio system.

Powertrain, Performance and, Braking

2016 Mazda CX-5 Drivetrain
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Powering the 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a 2.5-liter engine which for the lower trims, is a naturally aspirated inline-4 engine. The Turbo and the Turbo Signature get a turbocharged version of the same engine. While the naturally aspirated engine produces 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged version puts out an impressive 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of maximum torque. Both engine variants come with a six-speed automatic transmission and the all-wheel-drive as standard.

As the engine power remains the same the acceleration results should be similar but the addition of the AWD might manipulate the base engine accelerations. The turbocharged engine, on the other hand, did come with AWD as standard for a few years and does a knot to 60 in 6.1 seconds and completes a quarter-mile from standstill in 14.7 seconds. All models have a top speed of 130 mph.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Exterior
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Easy handling and maneuverability were always the CX-5’s game but for the 2022 model year, it got even better. The re-worked chassis with an improved dampening control system has helped reduce the subtle vibrations felt from the road. The steering capabilities have been improved to offer good feedback. Also, the i-ACTIV system which comes as standard with the 2022 CX-5 comes with s a center limited-slip differential that can distribute torque as needed. It takes about 167 feet to stop from an emergency braking at 70 mph.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Performance Stats
Model 2022 Mazda CX-5 (Base) 2022 Mazda CX-5 (Turbo)
Engine 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4
Drivetrain AWD AWD
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Power  187 HP @ 6,000 RPM 227 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Torque  186 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM 310 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM
0-60 MPH (seconds) TBD 6.1
Quarter-Mile (seconds) TBD 14.7
Top Speed (MPH) 130 130
Front Brake Rotor Size (inches) 11.7 11.7
Rear Brake Rotor Size (inches) 11.9 11.9
70-0 (feet) 167 167

Fuel Economy.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Exterior
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The base naturally aspirated mill inside the CX-5 is quite a good performer in terms of fuel economy. According to the EPA, it is rated at 24/30/26 for city/highway/combined. The turbo engine, on the other hand, produces higher engine power but sips slightly more gas than the former. It gets 22/27/24 for city/highway/combined ratings. The tank size remains the same at 15.3 gallons and the base engine can return up to 397.8 miles while the turbo offers a slightly lower 367.2 miles.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Fuel Economy
Model  2022 Mazda CX-5 (Base) 2022 Mazda CX-5 (Turbo)
City (MPG) 24 22
Highway (MPG) 30 27
Combined (MPG) 26 24
Tank Capacity (Gallons) 15.3 15.3
Tank Range (City/Highway/Combined) 367.2/459.0/397.8 336.7/413.1/367.2

Safety Features.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Exterior
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The CX-5 is one of the safest vehicles you can buy right now and, for the past few years, the safety ratings have been pretty good on its side. The NHTSA and IIHS have rated the 2021 model year of the same with a full 5-star and “Good” with “Top Safety Pick+”. The 2022 model year will continue to sport advanced driver assistance features as standard which will include:

  • Lane-departure warning.
  • Blindspot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
  • Forward collision mitigation.
  • Pre-collision safety system.
  • Post-collision safety system.
  • Emergency braking assist.

Conclusion.

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The upcoming 2022 Mazda CX-5 will be better than the model it will replace in a lot of ways like updated handling, comfort, exterior styling, and a few added features. A few other downsides that cannot be avoided are the non-touchscreen infotainment display and the cramped rear seats with a slightly smaller cargo capacity. If you want an all-round performer in the segment then the Hyundai Tucson will bring a lot of practicality and better features for a slightly lower starting price.

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Mazda North American Operations announces major updates to the brand’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S., Mazda CX-5. The compelling crossover will continue to allure a wide range of customers with a greater sense of quality, both in sophisticated styling and refined driving dynamics. In addition to improvements to the 2022 CX-5, Mazda will make i-Activ all-wheel drive (AWD) standard across the entire CX lineup in the U.S. market, starting with the 2022 model year.

Mazda CX-5 has been adored by many since it debuted nearly a decade ago. It quickly earned recognition for combining outstanding design and quality craftsmanship with excellent performance and fuel efficiency. The award-winning CX-5 has continuously proven itself by earning many industry accolades over the years, such as being recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as a TOP SAFETY PICK award winner since the crossover first debuted. The vehicle introduced a more sophisticated level of Mazda’s Kodo design, featuring a “less is more” approach to beautiful styling. The 2022 CX-5 continues the car’s evolution with considerable improvements to the design and dynamic performance. These updates will help the established crossover continue to standout in its class, while also expressing a look and feel that is unified with Mazda’s latest generation vehicles.

The most recognizable change on all 2022 CX-5 models will be the refreshed exterior styling. Mazda designers focused on refining the front and rear ends, opting to minimize character lines in favor of reflective body surfaces that create a distinguished and elegant appearance. The front fascia adopts a new signature wing that extends outward from the front grille, which is also updated with a three-dimensional texture that replaces the outgoing mesh surface. The headlights and taillights receive significant design changes with each lamp featuring a pair of horizontally spaced, rectangular LED lights that create a sleek, eye-catching expression. All-new aluminum alloy wheels complete the transformation to help further the crossover’s urban and elegant appeal.

The 2022 CX-5 turbo models will receive additional styling enhancements that help further distinguish it from non-turbo models. The new 2.5 Turbo model, formerly Grand Touring Reserve, offers contemporary styling appealing for sport-minded enthusiasts. The exterior features gloss black finishes throughout to support an athletic look, while the interior is complemented with red accents and stitching. Altogether, creating an expressive vibe that encourages the CX-5 to be driven and enjoyed. Elevating to the 2.5 Turbo Signature model, thoughtful design changes were made to help make the CX-5 feel more elegant. The cladding on the exterior of this model adopts the same unified color scheme as the rest of the body and will be contrasted by bright silver finished wheels. The interior is appointed with premium quality materials such as Nappa leather and genuine woodgrain.

Complementing the new, elegant design, the driving dynamics and ride quality of the 2022 CX-5 have evolved with updates to the drive modes, seats, body, and suspension that were introduced in Mazda’s latest generation vehicles. The 2022 CX-5 introduces Mazda intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive), which enables the driver to select the most appropriate drive mode to optimize driving capability with one touch of a switch. Furthering Mazda’s human-centric philosophy, the seats are redesigned to help provide the driver and the vehicle’s occupants with greater stability to help create a natural and comfortable experience. The driver will appreciate smooth accelerations with a more responsive six-speed automatic transmission. Updates to the suspension include improvements to the dampening control structure and increased frame rigidity, which will help suppress unpleasant vibrations, reduce road noise, and help to provide a quieter cabin and higher quality of ride comfort. Overall, these enhancements will help the driver feel more connected to the enjoyable driving experience.

STANDARD i-ACTIV AWD ACROSS ALL CX MODELS

Mazda’s i-Activ AWD system is engineered to enhance performance and confidence, enabling the driver to enjoy the experience in various driving conditions. Providing i-Activ AWD as standard for all Mazda CX models, starting with the 2022 model year, supports the brand’s dedication to deliver unparalleled driving pleasure for all owners. While making i-Activ AWD newly standard emphasizes the enhanced driving dynamics Mazda customers value, it is part of the Mazda brand’s expansion into the premium space.

Engaging driving dynamics are engineered into every aspect of vehicle development to help create a connection between car and driver. Mazda’s unique i-Activ AWD system continuously monitors weight transfer, based on acceleration and cornering forces, and shifts power to the appropriate wheels, providing drivers a near instant response to inputs. By sharpening turn-in response and control based on vehicle speed, the i-Activ AWD system can help enhance the vehicle’s performance, while also providing additional safety in various road conditions.

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