Buyers looking for a compact crossover that offers luxurious features not typically found in a mainstream SUV should take a look at the 2022 Mazda CX-5. Riverside area Mazda drivers appreciate the CX-5’s economical price. Step inside the CX-5’s well-appointed cabin, and you’ll think you’re in a luxury model that costs a lot more. On the outside, the CX-5’s beautiful styling will turn more than a few heads, whether driving on the freeway or while parked. Looks will only get you so far in life, so you’ll be glad to know the CX-5 is one of the segment’s most engaging vehicles to drive. You won’t find many SUVs in this class that are truly fun to drive.
“This SUV boasts sleek styling and impressive handling abilities to match. It also has a top-notch interior and a strong optional turbocharged engine that wouldn’t seem out of place in a BMW. These traits have helped the CX-5 earn a place near the top of our rankings of the best small SUVs.”
The Mazda CX-5 seats five and is offered in five trims, listed as Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Turbo and Turbo Signature. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit developing 187 horses and 186 lb-ft. The Turbo and Turbo Signature trims are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine generating 227 hp and 210 lb-ft. Both engines send power to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2022 CX-5 gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.*
Even at the base trim level, the Mazda CX-5 provides a wealth of standard features. It includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, rain-sensing wipers and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Also standard is a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity.
Standard driver assistance equipment includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance and pedestrian detection
As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to test the 2022 Mazda CX-5. We’re confident it will receive the same scores as the outgoing model, which was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the organization.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.