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2022 Mazda CX-5: Choosing the Right Trim


The 2022 Mazda CX-5 is a more refined and fun-to-drive option in the competitive compact SUV class. It has a premium look without a premium price tag, and it delivers a more engaging driving experience than you might expect, especially with the optional turbocharged engine.

The popular CX-5 gets a few tweaks for the 2022 model year. The most significant change is standard all-wheel drive (AWD) on every trim. It also received a subtle facelift, plus the turbocharged models now come with a sportier appearance package to differentiate them from the lower trims.

A diverse model range means there’s a Mazda CX-5 for just about everyone in the market for a compact SUV. Let’s take a closer look at the CX-5 lineup and find the one that fits your tastes and budget.

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S (starting at $25,900)

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S front left in red
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S starts at $25,900.

The base S trim of the CX-5 is a great value. The standard powertrain is a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. AWD also comes standard.

Standard features on the S model include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights with automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, dual front USB powers, a leather-wrapped shifter and steering wheel, push-button start, and a backup camera.

The standard infotainment system is a big 10.25-inch screen controlled with a multi-function knob. It comes loaded with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and complimentary Mazda Connected Services for three years.

The standard i-Activsense safety tech suite in the CX-5 includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keep assist.

When you add the $1,225 destination fee ($1,270 in Alaska), the starting price of the CX-5 comes to $27,125. Assuming a 60-month loan with 3% interest and no money down, the CX-5 2.5 S would have a monthly payment of $487. See 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S models for sale

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S includes:

  • All-wheel drive — Standard AWD adds confidence-inspiring traction to every drive.
  • i-Activsense safety features — This safety tech suite bundles adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and more.
  • 10.25-inch infotainment system — This big, vibrant screen is loaded with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity features.

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Select (starting at $27,900)

Upgrading to the Select trim adds some excellent creature comforts to the CX-5 while keeping the pricing reasonable. Added features include dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette seats, auto-leveling headlights, advanced keyless entry, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and 6-speaker audio.

There are a few upgrades that the rear passengers will appreciate, like rear air vents, a rear center armrest, and two rear USB ports.

With the same set of assumptions we’ve laid out above, the Select trim would be $523/month. See 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Select models for sale

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Select includes:

  • Leatherette seats — These imitation leather seats are heated in front.
  • Automatic climate control — Dual-zone automatic climate control makes sure the driver and the passenger stay comfortable.
  • Rear USB ports — Two USB ports in the back ensure everyone’s devices stay charged.

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Preferred (starting at $29,160)

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Preferred front right
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Preferred starts at $29,160.

The Preferred trim is where leather seats become standard in the CX-5. You also get added luxuries like a power moonroof, a power rear liftgate, a power front passenger seat, a memory driver’s seat, and an auto-dimming mirror with a universal garage door opener.

If you get a 60-month loan on the Preferred model with 3% interest and no money down, it would cost $546/month. See 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Preferred models for sale

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Preferred includes:

  • Leather seats — Leather seating adds an extra layer of luxury to the already upscale CX-5.
  • Power moonroof — A power moonroof makes the interior feel more open and airy.
  • Power rear liftgate — Open and close the liftgate with a touch of a button on the key fob.

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Premium (starting at $32,310)

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Premium front right in white
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Premium starts at $32,310.

The Premium model adds more tech features and the Mazda Intelligent Drive Select (Mi-Drive) system. This system allows the driver to choose between Normal, Off-Road, and Sport modes to suit your driving conditions.

Extra tech features include a Bose 10-speaker audio system, SiriusXM, paddle shifters, a 7-inch driver information screen, an adaptive front lighting system, and heated mirrors.

For even more luxury, consider the Premium Plus model (starting at $33,950). Premium Plus builds on Premium by adding a head-up display, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and folding mirrors. Navigation is optional, which also adds traffic sign recognition to the head-up display.

A CX-5 2.5 S Premium with a 60-month loan with 3% interest would cost $603/month. See 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Premium models for sale

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 S Premium includes:

  • Mi-Drive — The Mazda Intelligent Drive Select system adds Sport and Off-Road drive modes to the CX-5.
  • Bose premium audio — This 10-speaker audio system lets you hear your music how it was meant to be heard.
  • SiriusXM — SiriusXM satellite radio comes standard along with a free 3-month trial.

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo (starting at $36,400)

As its name suggests, the 2.5 Turbo model adds a turbocharged engine under the hood, significantly boosting performance. This engine makes 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque when you use premium gas.

The Turbo model also adds a distinct appearance package setting it apart from the non-turbo CX-5. It includes a gloss black front grille, 19-inch alloy wheels, and “Turbo” badging. On the inside, you get leather seats with red accents, red accent stitching throughout the interior, plus a wireless charging pad.

The turbocharged CX-5 starts at $676/month if you get a 60-month loan at 3% interest with no money down. See 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo models for sale

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo includes:

  • 256-horsepower turbocharged engine — Few rivals can match the lively performance of the CX-5 2.5 Turbo.
  • Sporty appearance package — Some tweaks to the look of the turbocharged CX-5 set it apart from its non-turbo counterparts.
  • Wireless charging — A convenient wireless charging pad keeps your device topped off without fussing with wires.

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature (starting at $38,650)

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature front left
The 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature starts at $38,650.

The Turbo Signature trim sits at the top of the Mazda CX-5 model range. On top of the exciting turbocharged engine, it adds a more premium appearance package, Caturra Brown Nappa leather upholstery, wood trim, LED interior lighting, a black headliner, and navigation with traffic sign recognition.

This model also features more safety features like a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, reverse automatic emergency braking, traffic jam assist, and driver attention alert.

The range-topping Turbo Signature trim would come with a monthly payment of $717 if you get a 60-month loan at 3% interest. See 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature models for sale

2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature includes:

  • Nappa leather seats — These luxurious Caturra Brown Nappa leather seats make the CX-5 feel like an authentic luxury SUV.
  • Navigation — Satellite navigation in the CX-5 also adds traffic sign recognition to the head-up display.
  • 360-degree camera — This feature makes parking safer and easier.

FAQ

What is the best 2022 Mazda CX-5 trim?

The S Select trim is an excellent value with many desirable features and a reasonable price tag.

How many mpg does the 2022 Mazda CX-5 get?

The Mazda CX-5 gets 24 city/30 highway mpg with the base engine. The available turbocharged engine gets 22 city/27 highway mpg.

Which 2022 Mazda CX-5 trim level offers the most safety?

The Mazda CX-5 gets a slightly better safety score when equipped with auto-leveling headlights on all but the base trim. The CX-5 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and gets a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA.

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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