2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo

Elegant enhancements: the latest in Mazda's Kodo design
By Durhl Caussey
Durhl Caussey
Durhl Caussey
December 3, 2022Updated: December 3, 2022

This new Mazda CX-5 is powered by an NA or a turbocharged engine, depending on the model. The SKYACTIV-G 2.5 Turbo engine delivers 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque on premium 93 0ctane fuel. Using regular 87 octane drops the maximum output down to 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The power is distributed by a standard i-ACTIV AWD system, and stopping power is provided by ventilated disc brakes. I loved the paddle shifters!

The CX-5 Turbo fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, for a combined average of 25 mpg. I especially liked the Sport and Off-Road driving modes.

Mazda designers aimed for a fresh and attractive exterior for the new CX-5, and it starts with the front and rear ends. Minimizing character lines resulted in more reflective body surfaces, creating a more refined and elegant appearance.

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New grille with signature wings and LED headlights. (Courtesy of Mazda)

The front fascia incorporates a new signature wings that extends outward from the front grille. The grille itself has replaced mesh surface with a three-dimensional texture.

The rear of the CX-5 also features a new bumper and tailgate complemented by the dual tailpipe. Headlights and taillights have received significant design changes. Each lamp features a pair of horizontally spaced, rectangular LED lights that create a sleek, eye catching expression.

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A vehicle for urban lifestyle. (Courtesy of Mazda)

My CX-5 was wearing Soul Red Crystal Metallic paint on the outside, which is a premium option costing an extra $595. Updates to the drive modes, seats, body, and suspension were also in the inventory list of the 2022 model year. These elements help make a more natural and comfortable drive experience. The CX-5 provides better stability and smoothness in acceleration and quicker responsiveness for the six speed automatic.

Improvement in controlling structure with dampening and increased frame rigidity helps suppress unpleasant vibration. Reduced road noise keeps the cabin quieter for a better quality driving experience.

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The 5-passenger SUV is ready for cargo. (Courtesy of Mazda)

Mazda CX-5 is a five-passenger SUV. The 2.5 Turbo comes with black or parchment leather seats with 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and 2-position memory. The passenger seat and rear seats are all heated. The 40/20/40-split fold-down rear seat provides excellent passenger room and storage space arrangement.

Leather, heated, telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise control complement the rear privacy glass and moonroof.

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Controls surrounding the driver. (Courtesy of Mazda)

A 10.25-inch center display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, together with the multi-function commander dial provide easy access to the 10-speaker Bose audio system with AM/FM/HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The system is further expanded through Bluetooth hands-free phone and USB inputs.

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10.25-inch center display. (Courtesy of Mazda)

Your safety and security are important to Mazda. Listed below are a few of the standard features offer in the CX-5:

  • Mazda RADAR Cruise Control with Stop and Go
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
  • Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning

Mazda CX-5 sits tall with an excellent view front and rear. The steering wheel is strong and firm. Knobs are easily accessed and buttons make for convenience in controlling air, music, communications, and other technology.

The list price for the 2022 Mazda CX-5 starts at $26,250 for the base 2.5 S model, and goes all the way up to $39,000 for the 2.5 Turbo Signature model.

36 months/36,000 miles New-Vehicle Limited Warranty
60 months/60,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty
36 months/36,000 miles 24/7 Roadside Assistance

Durhl Caussey writes a car column around the world. He may be reached at this newspaper or [email protected].