2022 Mazda CX-5 Preview: Changes, Release Date, Facelift, Redesign

Considering that the latest reports suggest a replacement for this compact crossover already in 2022, it is pretty much a certain thing that the 2022 Mazda CX-5 will be the last production year of the current generation. The dynamic crossover has been around for a while and despite that it is still one of the best models in the segment, the Japanese manufacturer is working on the new model, which will come as CX-50, reports say. Meanwhile, we don’t expect more significant changes to the current model.

This is still one of the most stylish models in the class, which offers an impressive driving experience, thanks to excellent handling and potent optional turbo engine. Also, it features one of the most luxurious cabins in the class, which has been recently updated with a bigger touchscreen and a new infotainment system. The new model should hit the market sometime late in the next year.

2022 Mazda CX-5

2022 Mazda CX-5 Redesign

As we’ve just mentioned, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 will be the last model year of the current generation. Therefore, it’s hard to expect any bigger change. The overall design will certainly remain the same, based on the well-known SkyActive platform. One of the main characteristics of this chassis is sporty setup, which ensures direct handling, minimal body roll and acts great in corners. Proportions are quite typical for the segment. This crossover measures around 106.2 inches in wheelbase, while the overall length is nearly 180 inches long.

Visual changes aren’t expected either. The current model already looks pretty impressive, which is no wonder considering that it has been around for just four years and that it follows the brand’s contemporary design language.


Changes on the inside aren’t expected either. The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is about to carry on with a familiar layout, with the dashboard and rest of the cabin that looks very stylish and luxurious, pretty much on par with premium rivals. The overall interior quality is pretty impressive, while the long list of standard equipment makes everything look even more upscale.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Interior

This model definitely stands out in terms of quality but on the other side, it isn’t as practical as most rivals. While the front seats are comfortable and offer excellent ergonomics, the rear seats aren’t that great, though adults can accommodate relatively comfortably.

The cargo area is probably the weakest point of this crossover. You may count on about 31 cubic feet behind the second row, and folding down the back seats opens up about 60 cubic feet. Rivals like Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester offer way more cargo room.


Yearly updates are mostly about new features, so we presume some of the novelties will come for the 2022 Mazda CX-5 as well. Still, we presume that most of the things are about the same. The current model comes standard with goodies like a 10.25-inch touch-screen, 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 can get 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, ambient interior lighting, navigation, satellite radio, premium audio system etc.

When it comes to safety features, this is one of the most impressive models in the class. All models come standard with goodies like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beams etc. Additionally, you can get head-up display, traffic sign recognition, surround-view camera, reverse automatic emergency braking.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Engines

This aspect definitely won’t bring any changes. Therefore, you may count on two familiar engine options. Base models will carry on with a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated unit, which delivers around 187 horsepower. This engine seems okay for most drivers but if you’re looking for something peppier, there is also a well-known turbocharged version of the engine. This one puts out around 227 horsepower, which the max output goes up to 250 horsepower with regular fuel.

Both engines come in pair with a well-working 6-speed automatic transmission, which provides precise and smooth shifts. Fuel economy is pretty good for the class with both engines. The base unit returns around 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while the turbo-four returns around 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2021 Mazda CX-5 rear

2022 Mazda CX-5 Release Date and Price

We expect that the 2022 Mazda CX-5 will hit the market in the last quarter of 2021. Base models should go around 26.000 dollars.

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