The current generation of this compact crossover has been around for nearly five years and knowing Mazda’s usually production cycles, there is no doubt that the redesign is on the way. Therefore, it’s no wonder that many reports suggest the 2022 Mazda CX-5 will be the last model year of the current generation. At this point, the current CX-5 is still among the best models in the class but the Japanese manufacturer wants to keep or even improve its reputation. Therefore, the rumored redesign seems like a certain thing and this will most likely be the last model of CX-5 in this form.
Therefore, it’s hard to believe in any bigger changes. We count on a familiar layout, which still has a lot of amazing things to offer. This crossover is very stylish, and as fun to drive. Also, it offers impressive interior quality, peppy engines and loads of standard features, especially in terms of advanced safety systems. We expect to see the 2022 Mazda CX-5 sometime in the last quarter of 2021.
2022 Mazda CX-5 Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, this will most likely be the last production year of the current generation. Therefore, no bigger changes are expected to come. Therefore, you may count on the same overall layout, based on the company’s well-known SkyActive platform. As a result, you may count on typical Mazda driving characteristics, which is mostly about engaging handling, without sacrificing overall comfort.
The same thing goes for styling. Despite that there are several rivals that are notably younger, this is still one of the prettiest models in the class. It follows the brand’s contemporary design language and there is really no need for any notable changes. We don’t expect any kinds of updates, even in terms of new color options.
Once again, we don’t expect bigger changes to come. The 2022 Mazda CX-5 will carry on with the same cabin, which looks really amazing. We are talking about one of the fanciest cabins in the class, which can easily compete with models with premium badges. Aesthetics are great, as well as the materials. All of them are packed really nice and the overall build quality continues to impress us after several years from the launch. Additionally, last year’s update has brought a new, 10.25 infotainment screen, which makes everything look even more impressive.
However, this doesn’t mean that the CX-5 is without flaws. Despite the typical wheelbase for the segment, it isn’t as spacious as most rivals. This particularly refers to the cargo area, which features below-average numbers for the segment. You may count on about 31 cubic feet behind the second row and 61 cubics of the overall cargo space. On the other side, the passenger room in the second row seems pretty decent of the segment.
We don’t expect bigger changes in this aspect either. Therefore, base models should carry on with the recently-added 10.25-inch infotainment screen, as well as with tech goodies like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Mazda Connected Services, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a four-speaker stereo, and HD Radio. In higher trim levels, you may also count on goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, a universal garage door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, two rear USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio and many more.
Things are even more impressive in terms of safety features. All models will come standard with goodies like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and many more. Additionally, you can also get goodies like adaptive headlights, a head-up display, surround-view camera, traffic sign recognition etc.
2022 Mazda CX-5 Engines
Things under the hood will certainly remain the same. The diesel option has been discontinued recently, so the 2022 Mazda CX-5 will come with two gasoline units in the offer. The base one is a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which puts out around 187 horsepower. It’s not particularly fast but gets the job done in most cases. If you need something peppier, the optional turbo-four is a perfect choice. It delivers 227 horsepower but the max output can go all-away up to 250 horses with premium fuel. Both engines come in pair with a well-working 6-speed automatic transmission.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The optional turbo-four is good for about 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Those are quite typical ratings for the class.
2022 Mazda CX-5 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Mazda CX-5 sometime late in the year. base models should go around 26.000 dollars, while some of the key competitors will be models like Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V etc.