2022 Mazda CX-5 Review: Compact. Crossover. Fun!

Mazda delivers superior driving satisfaction in this ultra competitive segment

Most every manufacturer competes in this popular segment of the automotive market. And yet, the Mazda CX-5 stands out with its engaging driving experience. You still get all the cupholders and charge ports and space and comfy features like the others, but you also get to crack a smile when you happen upon a stretch of twisty roads with no traffic.

Here’s my full video review of the 2022 Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5 Overview:

Mazda offers eight trims of the CX-5, from the 2.5 S, whose base price retails under $28,000. From there you have the 2.5 S Select, 2.5 S Preferred, 2.5 S Carbon Edition, 2.5 S Premium, 2.5 S Premium Plus, 2.5 Turbo, and 2.5 Turbo Signature, which requires at least $41,5000 to leave your bank account.

My test car was a 2.5 Turbo, the second most expensive trim, but the cheapest way to swap out the 186 horsepower naturally aspirated engine for a turbocharged 2.5-liter monster that pumps out 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. But no matter which engine you choose, you get a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive.

The two-row, five seat, compact crossover SUV provides good space for both rows of passengers and plenty of cargo space, nearly 30 cubic feet, behind that. Moreover, plenty of cupholders and charge ports keep everyone satisfied, even on longer trips.

While I’d prefer the engine to rev a bit more and manage a touch more fuel economy on the highway, overall, it’s extremely pleasant to drive the CX-5 as you manage all of your daily tasks. What’s more, this is one of the very few cars in the category that provides joy while driving, engaging with you and offering helpful feedback through the steering wheel and seat. If you’re an enthusiast, that makes it a rare gem.

Please check out my video above to see more and hear my full opinion. I strive to provide a detailed understanding of what the Mazda CX-5 is really like.

What’s Good:
Engaged driving experience. Smart and clean styling. Spacious seating in both rows.
What Could be better: The engine spinning to higher revs.My conclusion: Good car for what you need. Great car for your inner enthusiast

Another new crossover SUV to keep your eye on: 2023 Honda HR-V



2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo

  • Base price: $37,625
  • Price as tested: $38,670         
  • Options: Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint, $595; Mazda navigation system, $450
  • Powertrain:
    • Engine: Turbocharged 2.5-liter I-4
      • Power: 256 horsepower at 5,000 rpm (premium fuel)
      • Torque: 320 lb-ft of torque at 2500 rpm (premium fuel)
    • Transmission: six-speed automatic transmission
    • Drive: all-wheel-drive
  • Fuel Economy
    • City 22 mpg
    • Highway 27 mpg
    • Combined 24 mpg
  • Dimensions
    • Length: 180.1 inches
    • Width: 72.6 inches
    • Height: 65.6 inches
    • Wheelbase: 106.2 inches
  • Weights and Capacities
    • Curb weight: 3856 lbs.
    • Interior volume: 104 cu ft
    • Cargo volume (seats up/down): 29/58 cu ft
  • Calculated weight to power: 15.1 pounds per horsepower
  • Mfr’s claimed 0-60 mph: na seconds
  • Mfr’s claimed Top Speed: na mph
  • Government classified size: small sport utility vehicle, 4WD