2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo, AWD assessment | WUWM 89.7 FM

Mazda has a winner with its CX-5 compact crossover, so it’s no shock it hasn’t modified drastically within the three years since I’d examined it.

Properly Mazda added its turbocharged model of the already peppy 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G I4 engine alongside the best way and now makes AWD normal on all CX-5 fashions. Plus it smoothed out the nostril and tail a bit and retuned the suspension a tad whereas additionally including extra supportive seats. All good issues, though I appreciated the extra beak-like nostril of the earlier mannequin simply nice.

Nonetheless, the CX-5 stands out in a market of lookalikes, plus the check crossover got here in Mazda’s gorgeous Soul Pink Crystal Metallic. That’s a brilliant metallic pink that just about has no peer for a superb pink, and is nicely well worth the $595 up-charge.

All that’s to say the CX-5 Turbo is an distinctive trying and driving automobile for the worth. It leans closely towards luxurious with a quiet and tender leathery inside, it packs a great deal of consolation and security gear and it drives like a sports activities sedan, practically.

For me the appears to be like are sufficient to make me desire a CX-5, however for most folk it possible comes down to cost, energy and normal gear. The Mazda wins there too.

A base mannequin begins at $27,125 together with supply, and bear in mind, that’s with AWD. So for the entry worth you get the appears to be like and AWD. Customary engine is the non-turbo 2.5-liter with 187 horsepower, and connected with a nice six-speed computerized with a Sport mode. It’ll scoot, however the CX-5 Turbo will scamper.

The boosted engine creates 227 horses on common gasoline and should you can afford premium petrol, nicely, it’ll pound out 256 horses, up six ponies from the earlier mannequin. Torque score is 310 lb.-ft. and there’s zero lag because it kicks in if you tromp the accelerator, coming into a freeway at 70+ mph. Sure, it’ll push you again within the seat. The wild ones at Automobile and Driver journal say it will do 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds and high out at 130 mph. That’s loads fast!

However gasoline mileage stays cheap with a 22 mpg metropolis and 27 mpg freeway score from the EPA. I obtained 24.1 mpg in about 60% metropolis driving and a extra aggressive proper foot than might be mandatory.

Dealing with is exact and sporty with this crossover is straightforward to push into tight turns and really feel as secure as a decrease middle of gravity sedan. The AWD helps in fact, however the steadiness on this Mazda is superb.

Engineers labored to additional easy the trip, and it might be marginally higher than earlier fashions, however the sporty really feel continues to be there, that means it’s agency. On the freeway or cheap street surfaces that’s nice. On moon-crater Midwest streets there’s some bump and thump to passengers, but at all times remaining nicely managed, not abusive.

Braking is powerful with vented entrance discs and strong rear discs. Plus Mazda’s MI-Drive permits the driving force to toggle Regular, Sport or Off-Highway settings to extend low-end energy and agency the steering in Sport. Off-Highway helps distribute energy to essentially the most acceptable wheels, though I’d contemplate this a light off-roader, reminiscent of gravel and filth paths in a park.

Loads of security gear normal right here too, together with sensible cruise management, blind-spot monitor, lane holding help and warning, together with the 360-degree digital camera and cross-traffic alert. And a serious plus, the lane departure might be turned off through a button on the decrease left sprint, that means you don’t must combat the system when in building zones or dodging pot holes that require you to straddle a lane marker.

In addition to the colour the tester added solely a navigation system for $450, together with a shade display screen that’s 10.3-inches broad, and normal on the CX-5. I like this information display screen as a result of it’s broad, however skinny so it doesn’t stick up too removed from the sprint’s middle and by no means appeared too reflective, an issue with some big screens mounted on the middle stack. I’m you, Subaru.

Mazda continues to do an incredible job of constructing its interiors each quiet and splendid feeling with a tender cloth on the sprint and doorways. No, it’s not leather-based, however feels high-end tender, which additionally should quiet the inside a bit. This one used black leather-based with pink stitching on the seats to snazzy it up. There’s additionally chrome trim on the air vents and alongside the doorways and sprint beside pretend carbon fiber trim. The console is trimmed in gloss black and the decrease steering wheel hub is chrome.

The Turbo line additionally comes with a sunroof, heated steering wheel together with heated and cooled seats, plus twin local weather controls, and a Bose stereo with 10 audio system. A wi-fi telephone charger underneath the middle stack can also be normal.

Seats are improved too with elevated decrease again and hip help. Entrance seats are roomy, however the rear is cramped within the center place so I’d name this a four-passenger crossover.


In again, the hatch is powered and there’s cheap cupboard space, simply not as a lot as some on this class.

In again, the hatch is powered and there’s cheap cupboard space, simply not as a lot as some on this class. However these rear seats do fold down flat to create a bigger carrying floor.

Whereas I’m studying to make use of the Mazda radio and information display screen system, which is managed through a console management knob, I’m no fan. Give me a touchscreen or actual radio knobs and buttons for straightforward use whereas driving. To suit the sporty nature of the CX-5 it wants a flat-bottom steering wheel too.

Pricing runs from that roughly $27,000 beginning worth as much as $39,875 for the top-level Turbo Signature mannequin, naturally that includes this turbo engine. There are six trims between the 2, this Turbo mannequin itemizing at $37,625, together with supply, and $38,670 because it was outfitted. So it’s simple to decide on a trim degree with the facility and options you’d need, and nonetheless sneak in beneath a $40,000 price ticket, practically the common price of a brand new automotive/crossover nowadays.

This can be a crowded automobile phase with many robust rivals, however for appears to be like and efficiency for the worth the CX-5 leads the pack.

Overview: 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo, AWD

Hits: Fashionable traces, wonderful turbo energy, responsive dealing with, plus AWD normal. Attractive shade, inside feels luxurious, broad display screen, sunroof, heated steering wheel, heated/cooled entrance seats, twin local weather controls, 360-camera, sensible cruise and security methods, Bose stereo, comfortable supportive seats, energy hatch, and wi-fi charger. Excessive-value, but enjoyable drive.

Misses: Nonetheless not a fan of the console-controlled information display screen, and trip is agency, however well-controlled. Might use flat-bottom steering wheel.

Made in: Hiroshima, Japan

Engine: 2.5-liter SkyActiv-G I4, turbo, 227 hp (256 hp, w/premium gasoline/310 torque)

Transmission: SkyActiv-drive 6-speed, computerized w/Sport mode

Weight: 3,809 lbs.

Wheelbase: 106.2 in.

Size: 179.1 in.

Cargo: 31-59.3 cu.ft.

MPG: 22/27

MPG: 24.1 (examined)

Base Worth: $37,625 (consists of supply)

Bill: $36,207


Soul Pink Crystal paint, $595

Navigation system, $450

Check automobile: $38,670

Sources: Mazda, Kelly Blue E book