Other compact crossovers may be more spacious, but the 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a top pick for drivers who prioritize performance. Updates for the new model year, including a revised suspension and transmission, should make it even more fun to drive. The CX-5 is positioned above the CX-30 and below the three-row CX-9 in Mazda's crossover lineup.
The Mazda CX-5 is expected to continue with two engine options, both displacing 2.5 liters. For 2021, the non-turbo unit made 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. The upgraded turbo delivered 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, or 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque when running on 93 octane fuel.
Mazda has revised the standard six-speed automatic transmission to make it more responsive. Moving forward, all CX-5s come standard with AWD.
The NHTSA gave the 2022 Mazda CX-5 a five-star overall safety rating. This score includes four stars in the front and side crash tests, and five stars in the rollover test. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 was named a 2021 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, earning Good scores in all crash categories. Standard safety features on the 2022 CX-5 should continue to include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
We expect the 2022 Mazda CX-5 will continue to feature a standard 10.3-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 10-speaker Bose sound system should be standard on certain trims.
Buyers looking for premium touches may want to check out the 2.5 Turbo Signature trim. Equipped with the upgraded turbocharged engine, this model also features body-color exterior cladding and bright silver finished wheels. Inside, you'll find Nappa leather upholstery and genuine wood trim.