The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is priced from $32,565 including shipping and handling.
Attractive design, refined interior, good all-wheel drive.
Not a roomy passenger compartment, good cargo space, large front pillars obstruct visibility.
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is positioned in one of the most popular car categories in Canada and Quebec, competing against conventional utility vehicles, enjoying a good reputation, and offering the largest choice of engines and variants.
We only need to imagine the Toyota RAV4, the country’s best-selling utility vehicle, is available in hybrid and plug-in versions, even if the wait is long to get one. RAV4 also offers affordable or luxury versions, and among these, versions with certain off-road capabilities, such as Trail and TRD Off Road, and sports versions, SE and XSE. In short, the perfect range to appeal to the widest possible audience.
On the other hand, all versions of the 2022 Mazda CX-5 are similar, apart from the design and size of the wheels, as well as a few additional stylistic touches. There is no off-road version, be it in appearance or not. There is no hybrid version. There’s no separate sports version either, although at this stage it wouldn’t matter, as the CX-5 is sporty by nature. Still, the Mazda service is selling well, and dealers are reportedly out of stock at the time of this writing.
The CX-5’s popularity is easily explained. It’s affordable, sports attractive bodywork – despite its age – approaching the style of expensive luxury brands, and versatility, although limited in some ways, is undeniable.
We must also mention the local competition, as the Mazda CX-30, a large subcompact, and the all-new Mazda CX-50, a small medium, are jostling on the sales floor. The number names of the brand’s new models clearly indicate that the place of the CX-5 within the range must be redefined. Or maybe it will soon be out of place, even if the sales figures say otherwise.
Let’s take a look at the 2022 version. It benefits from cosmetic revisions, with more modern-looking headlight units and taillights, a more refined grille and redesigned bumpers. New alloy wheels are also part of the changes which are subtle, but welcome.
As always, the GX and GS versions are the most affordable, with the latter offering the most impressive equipment list for the asking price. The Kuro version is black with blacked-out wheels and grille, while the GT sports more accessories and a sportier look. The top-of-the-line Signature trim aims to appeal to luxury service buyers with its unique finish and interior trimmed in luxurious leather and real wood trim.
A Sport Model version, based on the GT, is also offered for 2022, adding gloss black accents, a grille surrounded by a dark chrome strip, black wheels and black mirror caps. This is also the version we ran this time.
Under the hood, two engines with a displacement of 2.5 liters are available. The first, a naturally aspirated four-cylinder, makes 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque while mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. In addition, all-wheel drive – very efficient by the way – is now common in Canada. Combined city/wheel drive/fuel economy ratings are 9.9/7.9/9.0 L/100km, although the GX version, the only one not to include an automatic stop/start system, has a combined rating of 9.3 L/100 km.
If the performance of the 2022 Mazda CX-5 with the base engine is the same, other rivals do better, such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue.
Optional on the Sport Model version, and standard on the Signature, is a turbo four-cylinder, developing 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. If you use premium 93-octane gasoline instead of regular gasoline, you get 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft. Acceleration is more noticeable, but the six-speed automatic transmission is still optimized for fuel economy. In short, the turbo engine does not make the CX-5 a performance utility, and in normal driving, the difference is thin between the two engines.
At least the turbo engine’s fuel consumption isn’t much higher than that of the naturally aspirated, posting city/highway/hybrid ratings of 10.8/8.7/9.8 L/100 km. During our test, we saw a very respectable average of 9.3 L / 100 km.
As always, the interior of the 2022 Mazda CX-5 is luxurious without overdoing the details. The more expensive versions offer a trimmed-down dash, a few chrome accents, an open instrument panel and climate controls that are easy to use while driving. But also other shiny black surfaces, which attract dust and generally scratch easily.
We like the multifunction knob placed on the center console, surrounded by buttons that lead to the main menu of the multimedia system, but also the volume button. The navigation map is very clear, but the screen is not a touchscreen, so those who swear by Android Auto or Apple CarPlay will find the experience less ergonomic. At Mazda, we say that the touch screen is distracting while driving, since reaching out to touch it, we take our shoulder off the seat, which can make us leave our trajectory. In addition, on the head-up display, only driving-related information is displayed.
The 2022 model year brings changes such as increased platform stiffness, improved suspension damping and redesigned seats, which help reduce vibration and noise as well as improve comfort in the cabin. .
Alas, the CX-5’s Achilles heel is the lack of legroom for rear passengers. Rivals such as the Volkswagen Tiguan and Mitsubishi Outlander are better suited, both for occupants and cargo space. In fact, with its volume of 875 liters behind the rear seats, and 1,687 liters once said rear seats are folded down, the Mazda range is among the smallest in the segment in this regard. We should also mention the wide front pillars that prevent visibility at road corners and when entering intersections.
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is priced from $32,565 including shipping and handling. A GS version with the comfort package, adding a sunroof, 19-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control and smart key, costs $38,365. The Sporty Design Edition, as tested, comes in at $42,965, while the top-of-the-line Signature Edition costs up to $46,165.
The CX-5 benefits from a design that doesn’t seem to want to go out of style over time, a refined ride and excellent handling, as with all Mazda models. On the other hand, its versatility is limited with its small passenger room, no hybrid engine to reduce fuel consumption, while consumers looking for a car with a more attractive appearance will have to go back to the CX-30 or even better. of the CX-50.