Take a look inside the 2022 Mazda CX-5


A little less than six months ago, Mazda launched the new and improved version of its flagship compact crossover SUV: the Mazda CX-5. Join the 2022 SUV segment, this is part of the second generation fleet of the CX-5, which debuted in 2017 for the same model year. At the time, it stood out with its flashy design and neatly organized interior, robust performance and fine technology, with which it reached Wardsauto’s 10 best UX for user experience satisfaction and won was named Best Crossover SUV by Digital Trends. Over the years, the brand has revolutionized its crossover by adding an engine option, standard smartphone connectivity and multiple safety features.

Realizing that everyone has a different style, performance and driving preference, the Mazda CX-5 is the brand’s way of addressing the needs of the masses by offering more features to ensure every customer’s satisfaction. It’s the kind of context in which the 2022 Mazda CX-5 is now born, or rather, refreshed. The 2022 Mazda CX-5 received significant refreshes, like now-standard all-wheel-drive, suspension tweaks, redesigned front seats, revamped trim, and a more powerful turbocharged powertrain that’s now gained 6 horsepower. It also has a redesigned exterior, which gains new headlights, taillights and stunning alloy wheels while losing some body lines for a cleaner, more expressive appeal. It is currently offered in approximately 8 trim levels: base S, Select, Preferred, Carbon Edition, Premium, Premium Plus, 2.5 Turbo and the 2.5 Turbo Signature model.

The Mazda CX-5 is already on the horizon for the 2023 model year, with sales expected to begin in the fall of 2022. That said, we can’t help but feel that the hype for the new version has somewhat overlapped the current model, or, stole the show, if you will. Nevertheless, the 2022 version remains a compelling choice, and a compact crossover that we absolutely recommend to buyers.

Here’s a look at what the interior of the Mazda CX-5 has to offer.

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The interior of the 2022 Mazda CX-5: technology and features

Probably the most prominent feature inside the Mazda CX-5 is the dashboard, which comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen as standard across the range. The infotainment comes with the standard features you want, such as subscription Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and two front USB ports. For added convenience, the system has a voice recognition feature.

While the Mazda CX-5 has plenty of family members, the brand has done a good job of doling out the features in a way that wouldn’t stop fans from avoiding the low-end trims. Take the base S trim, for example, which received features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, cloth seats and automatic high-brightness headlights. Not to mention the keyless entry. Like the entire range, the base model also gets safety features such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning system.

The next model in the lineup, the Select trim, adds automatic climate control, heated front seats, upholstered leatherette seats, rear air conditioning vents, dual rear USB outlets and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. And the coolest thing is that the Select model is only about $2,000 more than the base sibling.

The Preferred model adds a six-way power passenger seat and an eight-way power driver’s seat with memory settings, and rounds it out with a few exterior updates, but is otherwise similar to the Select trim inside, and l The Carbon Edition adds a 10-speaker Bose stereo system and a 7-inch digital gauge cluster. Rolling up the family tree gives you features like wireless device charging and a power tailgate, among many others.

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The interior of the Mazda CX-5 2022: overall design and comfort

The Mazda CX-5 has always flaunted some cool interior designs which, if we were to hide Mazda journals and signature design cues, might trick you into thinking you’re looking for a more luxurious cabin. And that is precisely what makes it unique in the compact SUV segment.

Like most of its competitors, the interior of the Mazda CX-5 takes a more driver-focused approach that strategically places all major controls within easy reach. This creates a smooth and clean dashboard design.

Overall, the CX-5’s interior is stylish, with exclusive materials, high-quality plastics, soft-touch details, gloss black finishes and chrome accents. Updated leather seats and wood trim from the top Turbo Signature model take the CX-5 to a more luxurious level.

The seats themselves offer exceptional comfort, even on the longest journeys. In addition, the top-of-the-range versions get heating functions for all front and rear occupants, as well as power settings for the driver and front passenger.

The interior of the 2022 Mazda CX-5: cabin and cargo area

Although the Mazda CX-5 has a spacious cabin, it lags behind a few rivals. With its 106.2-inch wheelbase and 104 cubic feet of passenger space, front and rear passengers have enough legroom and headroom to sit comfortably. But the rear occupants have a lot less headroom, making it quite kid-friendly.

But, with cargo space growing from 29.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats to 58.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, the CX-5 doesn’t have the cargo space that most of its competitors , like the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson, offer plenty – 39.2 cubic feet and 38.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat respectively. However, the CX-5 is still spacious enough to carry a few suitcases. Plus, you get additional front storage compartments for small items and gadgets.


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