The compact CX-5 crossover is the core of Mazda’s utility vehicle lineup, a mainstream model designed to look and feel like it belongs in an upscale segment. Mazda introduced the CX-5 in 2013, when it replaced both the Tribute and CX-7 models. A second-generation CX-5 arrived in 2017.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2022, Mazda has freshened the CX-5’s styling, redesigned the front seats to be more comfortable, and made structural changes to improve ride quality and reduce noise and vibration. All-wheel drive is now standard across the line; last year, it was an option in GX and GS trims. Also new this year is a Sport Design trim level, and a new drive mode selector for certain trims with an off-road setting.
Mazda offers the CX-5 in GX, GS, Kuro Edition, GT, Sport Design, and Signature trims. The two engines available are both 2.5L four-cylinders, one turbocharged and one naturally aspirated. All CX-5 models come with a six-speed automatic transmission and AWD.
GX trim comes with 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, push-button start, four-speaker audio, heated front seats, A/C, and an electric parking brake.
Also included is a suite of driver assists comprising radar cruise, forward collision mitigation, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.
GS adds auto-levelling headlights, a power tailgate, front wiper de-icer, passive keyless entry, leatherette/suede upholstery, power driver’s seat, heated/leather steering wheel, auto-dimming mirror, and six-speaker audio. A GS comfort package brings dual-zone A/C, 19-inch wheels, sunroof, and rear-seat A/C vents.
Kuro gains specials wheels and other exterior styling cues, red stitching, the new three-mode drive setting, a digital gauge display, upgraded power driver’s seat, and a power front passenger seat.
GT trim builds on the GS comfort pack with exterior signature lighting, adaptive headlights, power-folding mirrors, 10-speaker audio, head-up display, navigation, ventilated front/heated rear seats, and wireless phone charging.
From there, Sport Design trim gets red grille accents, unique wheels, and black leather with red trim. Optional here is the turbocharged engine.
Finally, Signature trim is standard with the turbo engine, and adds Nappa leather, wood trim, and bright silver interior treatments. It also gets 360-degree cameras, front and rear parking sensors, rear collision mitigation, traffic jam assist, and driver attention alert.
Mazda’s fuel consumption estimates are 9.9/7.9 L/100 km (city/highway) with the non-turbo engine when fitted with a stop-start system, or 10.2/8.2 L/100 km without it. The turbo motor is rated for 10.8/8.7 L/100 km.
The CX-5 faces a wide field of competitors, including the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, Ford Escape, Nissan Rogue, Mitsubishi Outlander, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Subaru Forester.