Mazda’s are known for their sporty traits, and such has been instilled in the CX-5 compact crossover from the brand. The unique style and attitude of the Mazda CX-5 has won many owners over, and the new 2022 model year brings a few updates starting with all trims now having all-wheel-drive as standard, the front and rear exterior gets minor styling updates, and the suspension system is slightly revised for a sportier feeling that I experienced during my week with the sporty crossover.

In its second generation, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 remains a respected contender in a crossover space that has become quite competitive over the past few years. Receiving a more powerful engine for the upper-level trims during the 2020 model year elevated the CX-5’s standing among the competition. The more powerful engine in the revised two top trims, the 2.5 Turbo and 2.5 Turbo Signature, is a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 256 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque using premium fuel. If you ever use regular fuel the engine output is decreased to about 227 horsepower. The power is slightly up from previous years of using the top-trim engine adding about 6 horsepower and 10 lb-ft of torque, which does well for the sporty character of the CX-5.

2022 mazda cx-5 2.5 turbo signature side

See Also: 2020 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD Review & Test Drive

The engine is still mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission but does well with the gearing due to the engine having plentiful power throughout the RPM band. The ample torque of the engine is what I enjoy where there isn’t any noticeable turbo lag out of the hole and the engine carries through each gear with a substantial initial grunt to get the vehicle up to speed. Where the new 2022 Mazda CX-5 may turn some people off is through its latest suspension tuning where it resides more on the sporty size and the dampers and springs are a bit too stiff for my liking even though I enjoy a sporty-riding vehicle. Here, the suspension could have been a bit softer as there is some unwanted body bounciness from the stiff setup that may do well for Mazda brand loyalists but doesn’t move the needle for attracting buyers who want the decent power but not sacrifice

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Mazda CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature AWD Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2022 12:53:56 +0000

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