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The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a sleek and sporty compact SUV – The Oakland Press

When it comes to sporty compact SUVs, Mazda has no shortage of offerings for potential customers – all offering the rare SUV combination of driving pleasure and vehicle utility.

In addition to its long-running CX-5, Mazda recently introduced the CX-50, a more off-road-inspired offering with higher ground clearance.

For the 2022 CX-5, Mazda has made all-wheel drive standard, improved engine options, made minor exterior design changes, and also upgraded the suspension.

I recently tested the 2022 CX-5, and I’m back with a full report on how it compares to its competitors, both outside and inside the Mazda lineup.


  • Vehicle: Mazda CX-5 2022
  • Price as tested: $38,650 (starts at $27,000)
  • Best Feature: Upscale interior, Mazda ride quality
  • Evaluation: 4 stars out of five
  • Who wants this vehicle?: Compact SUV buyers looking for an engaging, fun and safe drive
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The 2022 CX-5 features a bold yet elegant exterior design, with an expressive nose consistent with Mazda’s design architecture. Mazda also made some minor design tweaks to the CX-5’s bumpers and headlights for 2022.

The CX-5 is also a bit higher than the CX-50, providing a better view of the road. Length-wise, it’s a bit shorter than the CX-50, making it a better choice for city dwellers who need to pull into tight parking spaces.

The CX-5 comes with wheels between 17 and 19 inches, depending on the trim level. My vehicle had 19 inch alloy wheels.

Other features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated power mirrors with turn signals, auto-folding outside mirrors, power sunroof, power rear liftgate, and LED headlights and taillights.

Moving on to the CX-5’s interior, this is where the Mazda lineup shines. Among non-luxury vehicles, they arguably offer the most upscale and comfortable experience in the industry. If you showed someone the interior without naming the brand, they would most likely think it was a luxury vehicle.

All the materials are premium, plush, and nothing feels cheap. The leather seats are particularly welcoming for the five passengers, and there are sharp wooden trimmings as well as ambient interior lighting offered.

The CX-5’s cargo space is segment average, reaching 30.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 59.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. As with all compact SUVs, rear passengers are likely to be a bit cramped unless they are adults or smaller children. But if you often carry passengers, choosing the CX-5 is a better option than the CX-50.

Other equipment includes a power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, driver’s seat memory, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and a leather steering wheel with audio controls and cruise control.


The thrill of driving is something I rarely talk about compared to an SUV, but Mazda is the rare brand that brings that thrill to everyone with all of its vehicles.

Two engines are offered. I tested the top-of-the-line option, a 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that develops 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Mazda says if you use 93-octane fuel, those numbers go up to 256 horsepower and 320 pound-feet.

The base engine is a non-turbo 2.5-liter four-cylinder that develops 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft.

Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and all CX-5 models feature all-wheel drive, another advantage over much of the competition.

The zero-to-60 time in the CX-5 is just over 6 seconds, which isn’t bad for an SUV.

The CX-5’s towing capacity is only 2,000 pounds, so don’t plan on towing much. (Upgrading to the CX-50 will give you 3,500 lb capacity)

I would highly recommend going for a CX-5 with the upgraded turbo engine. My test vehicle drove very well, whether on the main streets or on more twisty roads. Mazda goes against the grain and delivers a high-quality driving experience unmatched among its SUV competitors in the non-luxury realm.

Handling is great, braking is immediate and it handles corners better than the competition. Drive modes include Sport, Normal and Off-Road, though I wouldn’t recommend serious off-road driving with the CX-5 (the CX-50’s increased ground clearance makes it the better choice in this area).

And for 2022, suspension upgrades help reduce road noise intrusion.


If we talk about technology, the Mazda had implemented an impressive system for driver entertainment.

In the center is a 10.25-inch color display, which is easy to use via the central command dial for most commands. Voice commands also worked very well for navigation, music, and phone calls.

The navigation system worked very well, always getting me where I needed to go without a hitch, and directions can even be projected onto the head-up display to keep my eyes on the road. The navigation system also incorporates traffic sign recognition technology.

Other tech features included a wireless phone charger, booming 10-speaker Bose sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, multiple USB ports, three free months of satellite radio, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

For those looking for one of the safest vehicles for their family, the CX-5 delivers with its five-star government safety rating. This is due to a large amount of included safety features, some standard and some only on higher trim levels.

Features included on every CX-5 model include: Forward Collision Mitigation, which warns the driver and can apply the brakes if it detects an impending collision; Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which assists in lane change and parking situations; and lane departure mitigation, which can steer the vehicle back into your lane.

Some people might find these systems a bit too sensitive, but in my opinion it’s better than the alternative.

Adaptive cruise control, which keeps you a certain distance behind other drivers, is also useful.

Other safety-enhancing features of the CX-5 are dynamic stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitoring and a host of airbags.

On higher trim levels, you can get features like the 360-degree camera system, which is extremely useful in parking situations, and automatic rear braking, which can bring the CX-5 to a halt if you’re in the way. point of backing into another object or vehicle.

Overall, the CX-5 is a fully provisioned SUV when it comes to safety.


Official fuel economy figures on the 2022 Mazda CX-5 with the turbo engine are 22 city/27 highway24 combined. On the non-turbo base engine, the official numbers are 24 city and 30 highway.

In my real-world testing, I averaged 21 mpg in the CX-5. Those numbers are a little behind many of the best compact SUV competitors, but that’s somewhat expected as it offers a sportier drive than most rivals. On this point, it will depend on what you find more important: fuel economy or ride quality.


The 2022 Mazda CX-5 I tested was priced at $38,650; and its base price starts at around $27,000. Trim levels include S, Select, Preferred, Carbon Edition, Premium, Premium Plus, Turbo, and Turbo Signature.

It’s a decent price considering the quality of the drive, although some other models have slightly lower price ranges. Ultimately, however, the difference isn’t enough to be a deal breaker for most people.

In terms of warranties, the CX-5 comes with a 60-month/60,000 km powertrain warranty and a 36-month/36,000 km bumper-to-bumper warranty.


The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a solid vehicle option for families who love Mazda’s sharp design style and driving style in a compact SUV, but don’t need the CX’s more off-road-friendly nature. -50.

With its almost luxurious styling and enough room to comfortably accommodate your family and your cargo, the 2022 CX-5 is definitely worth a test drive for buyers in the compact SUV class.

Matt Myftiu can be contacted by email at [email protected] Its past reviews can all be viewed online at Follow AutoTechReviews on Instagram at @Autotechreviews.