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SALT LAKE CITY - Of all the car segments on the market today, none is as crowded and competitive as the five-seat compact SUVs segment. This makes for a precarious situation if you’re a manufacturer; you’ve gotta make something great or risk slipping into obscurity. Mazda has done more than just make something great, they’ve made one of the best five-seat SUVs on the market. The Mazda CX-5 Turbo is fast, fun to drive, luxurious, stylish and solidly built — all for a very competitive price. 

If you’re wanting an SUV that checks all the boxes — and is a hoot to drive — you need to check out the Mazda CX-5 Turbo. 

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a 2022 CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature parked on the side of the road

Photo Credit: Mazda Media

Price and Value 

The Mazda CX-5 is a great value for the luxury, features and build quality you’re getting — the MSRP range for the 2022 Mazda CX-5 is $26,250 - $39,000. It’s available in eight trim levels, with a suite of standard features that includes i-ACTIV all-wheel drive, Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Some of the major differences in trim levels are noted below. 

2.5 S: $26,250 

  • i-ACTIV all-wheel drive 
  • Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration 

2.5 S Select: $28,250 

  • Heated front seats 
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control 
  • 6-way power-adjusted driver’s seat

2.5 S Preferred: $29,510 

  • Leather-trimmed seats 
  • Power sliding-glass moonroof with interior sunshade 
  • Rear power liftgate with programmable height adjustment

2.5 S Carbon Edition: $30,630

  • Exclusive Polymetal Gray Metallic paint 
  • 19-inch alloy wheels with Black Metal Finish 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching 

2.5 S Premium: $32,660  

  • Bose 10-speaker audio sound system 
  • 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with a black metallic finish
  • Paddle shifters 

2.5 S Premium Plus: $34,300 

  • Active Driving Display 
  • Automatic power-folding side mirrors 
  • Heated rear seats 

2.5 Turbo: $36,750 

  • SKYACTIV-G 2.5 Dynamic Pressure Turbo engine 
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Gloss Black grille 

2.5 Turbo Signature: $39,000 (our tester)

  • Nappa leather-trimmed seats 
  • 360-Degree View Monitor
  • Genuine layered wood trim

The Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature is an excellent value, especially given the average price of a new car in 2022 is $47,000 and its lowest entry point is just over $26,000. In its Signature trim it’s luxurious, powerful, sporty, and well equipped, making it one of the best values for a luxury crossover on the market.

The CX-5 comes with a fairly standard Limited warranty, which is good for three years or 36,000 miles. The Powertrain warranty is good for five years or 60,000 miles, but given the CX-5’s excellent build quality, you hopefully won’t be experiencing too many unexpected issues.

Performance 

Thanks to the Mazda CX-5’s turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, it’s a true delight to drive. There’s always more than enough power (especially torque!) right under your right foot when you need it, and it’s just as happy on a commute as it is a run up the canyons. The Signature trim boasts Nappa leather and extra luxury features to emphasize the fact that this is an SUV with more on its mind than just transportation.

a white 2022 CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature driving down a road

Photo Credit: Mazda Media

Engine 

The 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is a joy, and surprisingly fast. Whether enjoying a Sunday drive around town or charging up come curvy roads, the engine is sublime to interact with. It feels quicker than it is, and can be appreciated at any speed, doing any task. The 256-horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque are perfectly suited to the CX-5’s composed, fun and athletic personality. Together with the rest of the CX-5’s dynamics, the engine makes for a driving experience that’s rare to find in this price segment and above.

Fuel Efficiency 

Adding to the brilliance of the 2.5-liter turbo engine is its impressive fuel economy. And when you consider the CX-5’s power output, size and all-wheel drive, it becomes even more noteworthy. The EPA rated our tester at 22 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg for combined driving. We achieved slightly above those numbers, mostly averaging around 25-26 mpg in our week of driving. 

Drivetrain 

The Mazda is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to its all-wheel-drive system. The transmission is snappy, if not lightning quick, and the all-wheel-drive system provides lots of grip  even around tight corners. Meanwhile, the suspension is Goldilocks just-right. It soaks up bumps without a quibble and provides a ride quality unmatched in the segment.

Acceleration and Handling 

The steering and handling dynamics of the CX-5 Turbo are also standout characteristics. The steering is precise and makes for a wonderful grocery-getter, Sunday cruiser and adrenaline pumper all in one. If driving engagement is important to you, then you’re going to love the CX-5 Turbo.

Accelerating in the CX-5 Turbo is brisk and punchy. 320 pound-feet of torque is nothing to turn your nose up at, and wrapped in this package, it’s brilliantly fun. It’ll throw you back in your seat and make easy work of the steepest hills. 

Braking 

Joining the other superb driving dynamics of the CX-5 Turbo, the brakes provide a very reassuring feel. They’re progressive in their modulation and were able to stop with plenty of confidence. Our tester was equipped with some extra braking goodies like Hill Start Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. 

Interior Comfort and Convenience

Overall, the Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature’s interior is a comfortable and luxurious place to find yourself in. First-rate materials are used throughout and the driving position is near perfect. There are a few minor interior quibbles, and rear-seat occupants might feel a bit cheated on space, but at the end of the day, the CX-5 Turbo Signature’s luxury value can’t be beaten. 

the front seats of a 2022 CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature

Photo Credit: Mazda Media

Seats 

The front seats of the CX-5 Turbo are wonderful, if a bit on the smaller side. The Signature’s Nappa leather upholstery feels smooth and supple, but we do wish the color was more of a contrast with the rest of the otherwise black interior. The heated and ventilated features of the front seats are some of the best we’ve tested, getting our buns warmed quickly on cold mornings and comfortably cool on hot days. 

The rear seats, while supportive, were tighter than expected. The CX-5 is probably best when considered as a four-seater, with shorter folks and children likely to find the most comfort in the back. 

Climate Control 

If there’s anywhere the CX-5 is starting to show its age, it’s in the center stack of climate control and infotainment buttons. They look fine — great even — but the ergonomics can get a bit awkward when reaching for certain dials or climate control buttons. Regardless, the HVAC system works very well heating and cooling the cabin quickly, even after sitting out in the heat of a Utah day.

the wheel and dashboard of a 2022 CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature

Photo Credit: Mazda Media

Cargo Space and Cabin Storage 

The CX-5 has a genuinely surprising among of cargo and cabin storage. In fact, they probably could have moved the rear seat bench back an inch or two to provide a bit more room, as the roomy 31 cubic feet of cargo space is more than enough for daily driving. There are several nooks and cubbies to hold small items throughout the interior, and the center armrest console is especially deep.

Infotainment System 

Mazda is one of the few manufacturers holding back on offering touch screens in some of their vehicles, citing safety concerns as the reason for the lack of a touchscreen. We found the rotary dial’s location to be a bit distracting — almost directly below the center armrest — but the screen looks sharp and boasts 10.3-inches of high-resolution display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and worked without a glitch. The Bose stereo — a Mazda staple — sounded great, with deep, well-rounded basses and nicely toned high notes. 

The only issue we had was with the wireless charger — it’s oddly angled and didn’t always hold the phone in place. 

apple connect inside a 2022 CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature

Photo Credit: Mazda Media

Exterior Appearance and Functionality 

For 2022, Mazda stepped up the CX-5 Turbo Signature’s look to be more elegant, mainly by reshaping the LED headlights, inserting a glossy, mesh patterned grille in the fascia and painting the wheel arch pieces the same color as the rest of the body. The CX-5 Turbo Signature is well balanced in its design and looks attractive to the eye, with well drawn lines giving the onlooker a feeling of resolution. Mazda has provided several beautiful paint colors for the CX-5, including the jaw-dropping Soul Red Crystal Metallic, Eternal Blue Mica and Deep Crystal Blue Mica.

a 2022 CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature driving in the rain

Photo Credit: Mazda Media

Towing Capacity & Payload 

The CX-5 Turbo isn’t intended to be your go-to towing vehicle, but should the need arise, the CX-5 can tow up to 2,000 pounds. 

Wheels 

The Signature trim comes with exclusive bright silver finish 19-inch wheels. Road noise was about normal coming from the Toyo A36 225/55R-19 wheels. Traction felt grippy around corners and under hard acceleration.

Lights and Turn Signals 

The reshaped LED headlights are just right. They look good and are plenty bright during dark nights. The headlights were equipped with auto on/off and LED daytime running lights. The LED combination tail lights also looked and performed well, as did the side mirrors and their integrated turn lamps.

Cameras and Side Mirrors 

The CX-5 Turbo Signature is full of excellent technology, including a crystal clear 360-degree view monitor. The power operated side mirrors provide a nice view down the side of the CX-5 and auto-fold when the vehicle is locked. 

Front and Rear Windshield 

Visibility in the CX-5 is great through the front, rear and side windows, thanks in large part to the high seating position. The front windshield wipers were equipped with rain-sensing technology, and the windshield had integrated wiper de-icer heating elements. It wasn’t cold enough during our drive to test the defrost functionality, but if it’s anything like the rest of the car, it’s more than equipped for the task at hand. 

Safety 

Between its safety features and driver assistance technology, the CX-5 is one of the safest five-seat crossovers on the market. You should feel confident toting your family around in this SUV in any driving circumstances.

Features 

Mazda’s loaded up the CX-5 with all the safety technology you could want, including: 

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Dynamic Stability Control

Click here for a full list of safety features on the CX-5. 

Awards and Ratings 

Mazda really went for it with the CX-5, and the awards speak for themselves. The CX-5 has been awarded the distinguished “10 Best'' award from Car and Driver for four consecutive years. It’s also received the Car Guru’s Editors Choice award, and has universal acclaim from many other online publications. 

As if that wasn’t enough, the CX-5 has also been awarded the Top Safety Pick + by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and was given an overall five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

a man loading the trunk of a 2022 CX-5 2.5 Turbo Signature

Photo Credit: Mazda Media

Final Impression 

The Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature is one of the best five-seat crossover SUVs on the market at any price. We would recommend at least the 2.5 Turbo trim if you’re considering the CX-5. The turbo engine is well worth the extra cash, and should you want the top-of-the-line 2.5 Turbo Signature trim like ours had, you would find your money well spent — as long as rear-seat space isn’t a priority. 

The CX-5 is well constructed and affordable, but more than that, it does something many other five-seat crossovers don’t — it keeps the driver and the joy of driving in mind. Everything from the driving dynamics to the economy and the quality of the paint is exceptional. It’s a great value and should not be ignored. 

FAQs 

Is the Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature Fast? 

Yes! While there is no high-performance variant of the CX-5 most will find the 256 horsepower and 320-pound feet of torque plenty to have fun with. Car and Driver clocked the Turbo Signature CX-5 from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds. 

Is the Mazda CX-5 Turbo Signature a Good Family Car? 

As long as your children are few in number and small in size, then the CX-5 will do fine if it’s your primary family car. Keep in mind the backseat is smaller than expected, and should you have larger children, or a rear-facing car seat, you might find yourself scrunched in the front. 

Will There Be a 2022 Mazda CX-5 Carbon Edition? 

Yes, and it is currently available. However, as of this writing, it is not available with the Turbo engine. 

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