It’s hard to go wrong with the 2022 Mazda CX-5. We admit the current second-gen CX-5 is getting long in the tooth, but it still excels among its peers in driving enjoyment and stylish looks. You can’t expect the CX-5 to tow more than 2,000 lbs., and it doesn’t have a ton of cargo room for a family of five. But if you’ll be doing most of the driving, the CX-5 is a better place to be.
2022 Mazda CX-5: What’s New?
Mazda is shaking things up for the CX-5 for the 2022 model year. Rumors persist of an all-new third-gen CX-5 debuting in early 2023, but Mazda remains mum on the issue. However, Mazda has given the 2022 CX-5 new trim variants, updated equipment, and standard all-wheel drive to make up for it. It now has smoother front and rear ends, a new three-dimensional mesh front grille, and new headlights.
Mazda also tinkered with the suspension and transmission, promising more comfort and sharper handling as a result. In addition, the new CX-5 has revised seats that offer better support, new drive mode settings, and more power from its turbo engine.
Engine & Transmission Options
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 has a standard 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder with 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft. torque, sending power to all four wheels via a standard i-Activ all-wheel drivetrain. This powertrain configuration is standard fare in the CX-5 S, Select, Preferred, Carbon Edition, Premium, and Premium Plus trims.
The “Turbo” versions have a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder generating 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque. But if you fill it up with 93 octane fuel, you have 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft. of torque at your disposal. Both engines get a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Standard Safety Features
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is standard with i-Activesense advanced safety features. The package includes radar cruise control, smart braking support, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and more.
Mazda CX-5 Pricing & Trim Variants
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is available in eight trim models: S, Select, Preferred, Carbon Edition, Premium, Premium Plus, Turbo, and Turbo Signature. Below is a quick look at each trim level, along with the starting MSRP (which includes the $1,225 destination fee).
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CX-5 2.5 S
The Mazda CX-5 2.5 S starts at $27,125. It has 17-inch gray metallic wheels, automatic on/off headlights, a roof spoiler, automatic rain-sensing windshield wipers, push-button start, a 10.25-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, and LED headlights. Also standard are two USB ports and a leather-wrapped tiller.
CX-5 2.5 Select
The Mazda CX-5 Select starts at $29,125 and has all the standard goodies of the base S trim. However, it gets more features like auto-leveling headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear privacy glass, black or beige leatherette seats, a power-operated/heated driver’s seat, a six-speaker audio system, rear aircon vents, four USB ports, and keyless entry.
CX-5 2.5 Preferred
The Mazda CX-5 Preferred trim has a $30,825 base price and includes all the standard features from the CX-5 Select. It also gets a sunroof, a power liftgate, black or silk cowhide upholstery, memory settings for the driver’s seat, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, and a power front passenger seat.
CX-5 2.5 Carbon Edition
Starting at about $32,00, the Mazda CX-5 Carbon Edition has a black or red leather interior, black metallic 19-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob with red stitching, and gloss black exterior accents.
CX-5 2.5 Premium
The Mazda CX-5 Premium starts at $33,535. For the price, it has Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) driving modes with Normal, Sport, and Off-Road settings. It has a generous array of standard luxury and convenience features like paddle shifters, a Bose 10-speaker audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Also standard are adaptive headlights, LED daytime running lights, and a seven-inch LCD multi-information display, to name a few.
CX-5 2.5 S Premium Plus
The Mazda CX-5 Premium Plus gets all the niceties from the CX-5 Premium. However, it also has a heads-up display, a heated tiller, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, auto-folding side mirrors, and a windshield de-icer, all for a $35,175 base price.
CX-5 2.5 Turbo
The Mazda CX-5 Turbo gets you the potent turbocharged engine. Starting at about $37,625, the CX-5 Turbo has a bespoke gloss black exterior trim, black metallic 19-inch wheels, black or parchment leather seats with red accents, wireless smartphone charging, and more.
CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature
The range-topping Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature starts at $39,875. It has all the luxury goodies you expect like body-color claddings, 19-inch silver wheels, Nappa leather upholstery, genuine wood trim, LED interior ambient lighting, a black headliner, and a navigation system. It also has upgraded safety features like traffic jam assist, rear smart city brake support, driver attention alert, and a 360-degree camera with front and rear parking sensors.
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 leaves the factory with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, a five-year/unlimited miles anti-perforation warranty, and three-years/36,000-miles worth of roadside assistance.
An extended warranty could prove beneficial if you drive more miles than the average person. This comprehensive guide will help you discern whether a Mazda extended warranty is worth considering.
Alvin Reyes is an Automoblog feature columnist and an expert in sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics, and accountancy in his younger years and is still very much smitten to his former Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music, and herbal medicine.
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