The Mazda CX-5 Big Things Come in Small Packages
Mazda CX-5 Review
The Mazda CX-5's Interior
A White Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5's Trunk
The 2022 Mazda CX-5
  1. The Mazda CX-5 Big Things Come in Small Packages
  2. Mazda CX-5 Review
  3. The Mazda CX-5's Interior
  4. A White Mazda CX-5
  5. The Mazda CX-5's Trunk
  6. The 2022 Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5: Big Things Come in Small Packages 

  • Engine Capacity
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Handling
  • Safety
3.6/5Overall Score

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a beautifully redesigned Crossover SUV that packs just enough to be the ultimate city/town car. It has all one needs for that everyday commute with a reasonable fuel economy and cargo capacity. It also has a more premium feel as compared to other SUVs in its class. Picture Source: Car Buyer.

  • Two Engine Options: 2.5 liter and Turbocharged
  • Numerous Trims: Base Version to Turbo Signature
  • Infotainment: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Good Fuel Economy
  • Comfortable Interior
  • Turbocharged Engine Version
  • Reasonably Priced
  • Aesthetically Beautiful
  • Agile Handling
  • 2.5L Lacks Oomph to Go that Extra Mile
  • Limited Manufacturer Maintenance
  • Tow Capacity of Only up to 2000 pounds
  • Cargo Capacity is Wanting

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a best-of-its-class mid-range SUV that is just kitted enough to handle an almost thorough beating. It has just enough oomph to serve you as a city/town car with an occasional visit to the farm. It comes with numerous options and trims, allowing you to get the best it can offer but with options if you are constrained by a budget.


The base for the Mazda CX-5 starts at just above $27,000 with the Turbo signature trim going for just over $39,000 for the 2022 model. Depending on your country, a 2021 Mazda CX-5 could serve you just as well and come at a cheaper and more affordable price. Experts recommend that you go for the Turbo trim that is priced at just over $37,000 for the 2022 Mazda CX-5.

Mazda CX-5 Review
The Mazda CX-5 is reasonably priced and can be kitted out in several trims. Source: Mazda.

Engine and Performance

The Mazda CX-5 comes with a standard 187 horsepower (hp) engine that has four cylinders. You can also get other engine options including a 250 horsepower turbo-charged engine version that accelerates faster. These engines all come with a six-speed automatic transmission that is snappy and quick to react. The Mazda CX-5 boasts only two engine versions; one is a 2.5-liter engine with the other being a more powerful turbocharged one. For braking, in the signature version, the brake-pedal is assuring and responds without having to push it excessively. All the models have minimal road noise and do satisfactorily well on poorly paved roads.

The 2022 Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 comes with two engine options; a 2.5-liter engine and a turbocharged one.

Mileage and Fuel Economy

The base 2.5 engine version is rated at 30 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway and 27mpg on normal roads. The turbocharged engine version is rated 27mpg on the highway and 22mpg on city roads or what we call ‘normal’ well-trafficked roads. In tests by experts on a 75mpg road, the base engine version did 32mpg while the turbocharged version did 30mpg.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo Capacity

The interior of the Mazda CX-5 is impressive and boasts a sleek design that gives that above-average cockpit feeling. The car’s interior beauty is compounded by its floor-hinged accelerator pedal that tops off that premium feel. The Mazda CX-5 cargo capacity is 30.8 cubic feet with all seats in place but the back seats can be folded.

The Mazda CX-5's Interior
The Mazda CX-5’s interior has a premium feel that is uncharacteristic of crossover SUVs at its price.


Its lines and curves on the dash are impeccable with a 10.3-inch infotainment screen in the middle. The Mazda CX-5 comes pre-kitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto entertainment systems. There’s an option, however, to connect the vehicle to Mazda Connected Services. With this option, you experience a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot and remote control for several functions with their smartphone app. To top all that off, the center console comes with a deep tray and a bin with a removable shelf.


For the boot or trunk, the Mazda CX-5 has a capacity of up to nine suitcases and is helped by having a completely flat load floor. The trunk also comes with several thoughtful nooks to keep small items such as a smartphone and so on. The car has a tow bar but can only tow up to 2000 pounds.

The Mazda CX-5's Trunk
The Mazda CX-5’s trunk has a capacity of 30.8 cubic feet but the rear seats can be folded for more space.

Warranty, Maintenance, and Safety

The manufacturer warranty for the Mazda CX-5 is capped at three years or 36,000 miles while the powertrain warranty is capped at 5 years or 60,000 miles. Unfortunately, the Mazda CX-5 does not come with complimentary scheduled maintenance. 

A White Mazda CX-5
The Mazda CX-5 comes with all standard safety measures in place.

In terms of safety, the Mazda CX-5 comes with standard driver-assistance tech with numerous optional assists. The package entails standard lane-keeping assistance with lane-departure warning. There’s also standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and standard adaptive cruise control.

Our Verdict

The Mazda CX-5 is a worthy buy for a city/town car. It’s perfect for short-distance travel and the best in its class even as it may lack the oomph to push that extra mile. It has a decent fuel economy and is very affordable. It’s a vehicle that won’t disappoint and we give it an honest 6/10.


What Problems do Mazda Cx-5 Have?

The biggest issues reported thus far with the Mazda CX-5 are drivetrain and engine issues. Others include issues with brakes, LED lights, and the car’s electrical systems. However, these issues were mostly seen in the 2016 version of the Mazda CX-5 and the 2022 version has solved most of these issues.

Is Mazda CX-5 a Good Buy?

Definitely. If you’re looking for a premium crossover SUV at an affordable price, then the Mazda CX-5 is the perfect choice for you. The car’s agile handling is the best reason to buy it.

Is Mazda CX-5 Discontinued?

No. The Mazda CX-5 is not discontinued and it is not likely to be anytime soon. The car has sold well and customers have been looking forward to newer and improved versions. The beauty of this is that spares and repair garages and experts will continue supporting the vehicle. You can buy custom accessories on Jumia.

Is Mazda Making a 2022 CX-5?

Yes. It is already here and is beautifully redesigned. It’s the latest and greatest of the CX-5 line and we are impressed by it and its premium feel.