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2022 Mazda Cx-5
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  • Nimble handling
  • Potent turbocharged engine
  • Impressive safety


  • Less cargo space than rivals
  • FWD no longer available

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.

What's New

  • AWD is standard across the lineup
  • Revised six-speed automatic transmission
  • Updated suspension promises reduced noise, vibration, and harshness
  • Refreshed exterior design with updated grille, headlights, taillights, and wheels
  • The 2.5 Turbo model, formerly Grand Touring Reserve, receives black exterior and red interior accents
  • Redesigned seats
  • Mazda Intelligent Drive Select for changing drive modes at the press of a switch


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.

Safety Ratings and Features

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.

What Is the CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature?

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.

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