When compared to other major compact crossover vehicles, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 does a better job of making its driver feel different.

With a price closer to a Honda CR-than V's a Porsche Macan's, the Mazda is accessible to the same demographic as the former, but it may also wow those in the latter's tax bracket.

The Mazda CX-5's base four-cylinder engine isn't as sporty as the optional turbocharged four, but all variants offer unmatched ride-and-handling balance.

What's New for 2022?

Mazda massages the CX-5's already beautiful exterior for 2022 by adding smoother front and back surfaces.

Its grille has a new three-dimensional mesh structure and wings that extend toward redesigned LED headlamps. Inside, more supportive seats were added.

All-wheel drive is now a standard feature on all models, and new drive-mode choices give the SUV's behaviour greater control.

The CX-5, in our opinion, is best embodied by the new Turbo trim. The 256-hp turbocharged engine upgrade improves the speed and athletic handling of the vehicle.

With gloss-black elements that are exclusive to the trim, its exterior is elegantly athletic. With red accents and stitching, its interior reflects its sporty exterior.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

When leaving stoplights or rushing through town, the CX-5's base 187-hp four-cylinder engine has excellent throttle response, making it feel faster than it is.

The 250-hp turbocharged variant, gave significantly quicker acceleration. Each engine is paired with a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The CX-5 offers two engine choices and two fuel-economy ratings. The standard 2.5-liter engine has mpg ratings of 24 city and 30 highway.

The turbocharged engine gets 22/27 mpg city/highway. The regular engine earned 32 mpg on our 75-mph interstate route, while the turbo four returned 30 mpg.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Top-tier CX-5 models may make you think you were abducted by Audi or Mercedes captors.

The floor-hinged accelerator pedal feels better than the standard version. The steering wheel is well-made and not crooked.

The cabin has nooks and crannies for smartphones and other small objects. The central console contains a retractable shelf and a deep tray.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Every model has a 10.3-inch infotainment display controlled by a rotary controller and volume knob.

Mazda Connected Services, which include a smartphone app and a Wi-Fi hotspot with a monthly fee, are included with the Mazda CX-5.