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2022 Mazda CX-5

2022 Mazda CX-5
Mazda
8.1
Price$32,190 - $53,680
Fuel Efficiency6 - 8.2 / 100km
ANCAP Rating5-star
Warranty5 years
Price$32,190 - $53,680
Fuel Efficiency6 - 8.2 / 100km
ANCAP Rating5-star
Warranty5 years

About the CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a mid-sized SUV stalwart. It's consistently a top seller in its segment, and goes head-to-head with strong competition such as the Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sportage.

Four engines are offered, along with a choice between front- and all-wheel drive.

Summary

Our expert's shortest summary
Hit

Fun to drive

Comfortable ride

Attractive, well-made interior

Miss

Some rivals have more space

Rivals have more technology

Infotainment options are compromised

Video Review

CX-5 Video Review

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Intro
Exterior
Interior
Infotainment
Features
Practicality
On the Road
Verdict

2021 Mazda CX-5 turbo review

Now with bigger infotainment!
Date
Apr 16, 2021
Views
173,554

The Mazda CX-5 has been updated with a new infotainment system. The old MZD Connect system is gone and Mazda has replaced it with a big new infotainment system for the 2021 Mazda CX-5. Is it any good? Paul Maric tests out the 2021 Mazda CX-5 Akera to find out.

CX-5 Price

What is the price of a Mazda CX-5?
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 Maxx 2.0L FWD manual: $32,190
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 Maxx 2.0L FWD: $34,190
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.5L FWD: $37,990
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2.5L AWD: $40,490
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 Touring 2.5L AWD: $42,380
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 Touring Active 2.5L AWD: $42,680
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 Touring Active 2.2d AWD: $45,680
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5 AWD: $48,790
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 GT SP 2.5 turbo AWD: $51,290
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.5 AWD: $50,680
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.5T AWD: $53,180
  • 2022 Mazda CX-5 Akera 2.2d AWD: $53,680

All prices exclude on-road costs.

Reviews

Our expert's reviews of the Mazda CX-5

News

All the latest CX-5 news

Range Guide

Which variant of the Mazda CX-5 range is best for you?

Standard equipment on the CX-5 Maxx includes:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/65 tyres
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Rear seats with reclining function and 40/20/40 split-fold backrest
  • Black cloth seat trim
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen (MZD Connect)
  • 7.0-inch digital instrument binnacle
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • AM/FM radio, DAB+
  • Electric parking brake with Auto Hold
  • Leather-wrapped gear shift knob and steering wheel
  • Push-button start

Moving to the Maxx Sport brings:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Rear-view mirror with auto-dimming
  • Rear seats with centre armrest storage and USB charging ports
  • Satellite navigation
  • Traffic sign recognition

Moving to the Touring brings:

  • Body-coloured, heated mirrors with auto-fold
  • Black Maztex/Black Grand Luxe synthetic suede seat trim
  • Keyless entry
  • Front parking sensors
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Reversible cargo floorboard

Moving to the Touring Active brings:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels (grey metallic)
  • Green accented seat trim
  • Side mirror caps in piano black

The GT SP gains:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels (black metallic) with
  • 10.25-inch widescreen infotainment display (Mazda Connect)
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Black headliner
  • Power sliding and tilt-glass sunroof
  • Hands-free kick-operated power tailgate
  • Heated, powered front seats with driver memory
  • Black leather seat trim with contrast red stitching
  • Premium Bose 249-watt amplifier and 10 speakers (including subwoofer)

The range-topping Akera has:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels (brilliant dark)
  • Surround-view camera
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated outer rear seats
  • Dark russet Nappa leather seat trim
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Ambient lighting
  • Frameless rear-view mirror
  • Real wood door and dashboard trim inserts
  • Unique overhead console

Variants

What are the variants of the Mazda CX-5?
MAXX (FWD)
FROM
$32,190
MAXX SPORT (FWD)
FROM
$37,990
MAXX SPORT (AWD)
FROM
$40,490
TOURING (AWD)
FROM
$42,380
TOURING ACTIVE (AWD)
FROM
$42,680
GT SP (AWD)
FROM
$48,790
AKERA (AWD)
FROM
$50,680
GT SP TURBO (AWD)
FROM
$51,290
AKERA TURBO (AWD)
FROM
$53,180
6-speed Manual
6-speed Automatic
Variant Name
MAXX (FWD)
Price From
$32,190
Series
CX5L
Style
4D WAGON
Transmission
6-speed Manual
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Economy
6.9L / 100km
Seating Capacity
5
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
four-cylinder
FULL SPECS

Interior

Photos and Images of the Mazda CX-5 Interior

An update to the CX-5 at the start of 2022 brought about new interior options designed to better differentiate the models throughout the range. The cabin technology, however, remains the same.

The CX-5’s interior is refreshingly simple in layout and finished with attractive, tactile materials.

There are lovely knurled dials, elegant stitching details on the dash, doors and console, and soft-touch plastics on the top half of the dash and doors.

It’s almost European in execution, especially the rotary dial for the infotainment system – shades of BMW – and the smaller dial next to it for volume, reminiscent of an Audi. Subtle metal-look highlights, including around the air vents, shifter, and switchgear, help to break up the black-on-black trim.

The sides of the centre console are finished in padded leatherette, which is a thoughtful touch. Red stitching details can also be found here. If you want a breezier interior, the GT offers white upholstery.

The new 10.25-inch Mazda Connect system is a big improvement over the 8.0-inch MZD Connect system found in lesser CX-5 models. The only downside is the lack of touchscreen functionality which means using smartphone mirroring can be a bit clunky, for example if you’re using Google Maps.

The seats are comfortable, though they could stand to be a touch wider. While the CX-5 isn’t quite as commodious as a Toyota RAV4 in the back, there’s still ample headroom and legroom. The front seatbacks are soft, and there are map pockets and air vents for rear passengers.

Those rear seats split and fold 40:20:40, which is handy when carrying long items but multiple passengers. If you’re carrying babies instead of bean poles, there are three top-tether anchor points for child seats plus ISOFIX anchor points for the two outboard seats.

Like the back seat, the boot is a touch smaller than some rivals. Cargo space measures 442L up to the cargo cover, expanding to 1342L (measured to the roof) with the second row folded flat.

Exterior

Photos and Images of the Mazda CX-5 Exterior

Base models ride on 17-inch alloy wheels, and feature automatic LED headlights. Moving through the range brings bigger wheels, and the option of models such as the Touring with its body-colour mirrors, or the Touring Active and its more off-road focused look.

The GT SP is designed to look sporty with 19-inch black alloy wheels, while the range-topping Akera features a more luxurious design.

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CX-5 Colours

What colours are available for the Mazda CX-5?

Mazda offers the following colours on the CX-5:

  • Polymetal Grey Metallic
  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
  • Eternal Blue Mica
  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Zircon Sand Metallic
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Machine Grey Metallic
  • Sonic Silver Metallic
  • Snowflake White Pearl Metallic

Cost of Ownership

What is the running, servicing and ownership costs of buying a Mazda CX-5?

Mazda backs its range with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and five years of roadside assist.

Service intervals and prices for the updated CX-5 haven’t been revealed, but they’re unlikely to have changed from those of the pre-update model which required maintenance every 12 months or 10,000km.

Five years of capped-price servicing in the pre-update model cost a combined $1805.

How it Drives

Our expert take on Mazda CX-5 drivability?

The CX-5 remains arguably one of the dynamic benchmark in the mid-sized SUV segment, and it shines brightest with the turbo-petrol engine.

This mid-sized SUV fun to drive on a twisty road, something that can’t be said for a vast number of its rivals. Steering is precise, well-weighted and communicative, and there's plenty of grip.

The six-speed automatic might be down a gear or two on some rivals but it shifts smoothly and quickly, even in spirited driving. There’s really little point in flicking it to Sport mode or using the paddle shifters.

Ah, but how does it fare in your daily commute? Quite well. The ride is a touch firm but it’s never uncomfortable, and bumps are dispatched with a well-damped poise even riding on the bigger wheel options.

Out on a country road, the LED headlights provide excellent illumination and the Adaptive Front Lighting System is a splendid companion on a winding mountain road.

The automatic stop/start system isn’t as intrusive as Volkswagen’s, and you have to depress the brake pedal quite firmly to activate it. Likewise, the lane-keep assist isn’t constantly making its presence felt, though that also means its overall performance is average.

You can switch it off via a button on the dash, though it defaults to on.

Safety Rating

ANCAP Safety Rating Australia

All versions of the Mazda CX-5 wear a five-star ANCAP safety ratingbased on testing carried out in 2017.

The CX-5 scored 95 per cent for adult occupant protection, 80 per cent for child occupant protection, 78 per cent for pedestrian protection, and 59 per cent for safety assist.

Dual frontal, side chest and side head (curtain) airbags are standard across the range, as are:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (Forward/Reverse) with pedestrian detection (Forward)
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Driver attention alert
  • Auto high-beam
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop/go (stop/go auto only)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring

5
overall
95%
passenger
80%
infant
-%
pedestrian
59%
detection

CX-5 Lifecycle

How old is the current generation and when will there be a new or updated Mazda CX-5?

The Mazda CX-5 was revealed in 2017, and updated in 2019 with more interior technology. Since then, it's been subject to a range of rolling tweaks bringing a new infotainment system, a bigger turbocharged engine, and more luxurious options.

A mid-life facelift has brought about a model range with greater differentiation between trim levels launched early in 2022.

Come late 2022, the CX-5 will sit below a rear-drive and all-wheel drive CX-60 SUV designed to go head-to-head with the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

CX-5 Options

Options list for the Mazda CX-5

The CX-5 range doesn't have a long options list, what you see on each model is what you get.

CX-5 Warranty

What is the warranty period and kilometre limit for the Mazda CX-5?

Mazda backs its range with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and five years of roadside assist.

Service intervals and prices for the updated CX-5 haven’t been revealed, but they’re unlikely to have changed from those of the pre-update model which required maintenance every 12 months or 10,000km.

Five years of capped-price servicing in the pre-update model cost a combined $1805.

CX-5 Stock Availability

Is the Mazda CX-5 available to buy now and what are stock levels and how long are wait times?

The 2022 CX-5 is expected to arrive towards the end of the first quarter.

The current model is in runout, meaning what's at dealers is likely what's left.

CX-5 Boot Space

How much luggage or cargo capacity and boot space is there in the Mazda CX-5?

Boot space is a claimed 438 litres with the rear seats in place, and 1340L with the 40/20/20 folding rear bench sitting flat.

CX-5 Fuel Economy

How much fuel does the Mazda CX-5 use and what are its emissions?

Combined fuel economy in the CX-5 with a 2.0-litre petrol engine is 6.9 litres per 100km. Moving to the 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol ups that figure to 7.4 litres per 100km with all-wheel drive.

Opting for the turbo petrol ups fuel use to 8.2L/100km, while the diesel uses as little as 5.7L/100km on the combined cycle.

All versions are fitted with idle stop/start technology, and all petrol versions are designed to run on 91 RON regular unleaded.

Depending on the variant, view the 2022 MAZDA CX-5 fuel usage below.

All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km

VariantSeriesStyleFuel TypeHighwayCityCombinedE10?
MAXX (FWD)CX5L4D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--6.9-
MAXX (FWD)CX5L4D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--6.9-
MAXX SPORT (FWD)CX5L4D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--7.5-
MAXX SPORT (AWD)CX5L4D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--7.5-
TOURING (AWD)CX5L4D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--7.5-
TOURING ACTIVE (AWD)CX5L4D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--7.5-
TOURING ACTIVE (AWD)CX5L4D WAGONDIESEL--6.0-
GT SP (AWD)CX5L4D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--7.5-
AKERA (AWD)CX5L4D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--7.5-
GT SP TURBO (AWD)CX5L4D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--8.2-
AKERA TURBO (AWD)CX5L4D WAGONUNLEADED PETROL--8.2-
AKERA (AWD)CX5L4D WAGONDIESEL--6.0-

CX-5 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda CX-5

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 measures 4575mm long, 1845mm wide and 1675mm tall, with a 2700mm wheelbase.

The 2022 MAZDA CX-5 measures 4550mm long, 1840mm wide and 1675mm tall, with a 2700mm tall wheelbase.

The 2022 MAZDA CX-5 has a braked towing capacity of 1800kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.

CX-5 Market Fit

Where does it fit in the competitor segment?

The CX-5 fits into one of Australia's most popular new car segments, going head-to-head with mid-sized SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and Nissan X-Trail.

CX-5 Sales Data

How well has the Mazda CX-5 been selling?

Mazda sold 24,968 examples of the CX-5 in 2021, putting it behind just the Toyota RAV4 (35,751) in the mid-sized SUV class.

The CX-5 outsold the Mitsubishi Outlander (14,572), Hyundai Tucson (14,194), and Nissan X-Trail (13,860).

Should you buy the CX-5

Is this the right car for you? Our experts buy or not guide.

We’ve all heard it before. A person wants something a little sporty to drive, but their partner wants a practical SUV. Or perhaps they’re a couple on the same page about needing an SUV but both want something with a little more poke.

Unfortunately, many vehicles in this segment are merely poky. That’s where the Mazda CX-5 stands tall, with one of the most powerful engines in the mainstream mid-sized SUV segment, and sharp handling.

While the interior isn’t the roomiest in the segment, it’s a comfortable place to sit and has a high-quality look and feel.

Competitor Analysis

What other cars should you look at?

The CX-5 is one of the more style-oriented mid-sized SUVs on the market. It's fun to drive, and still offers enough space for the average family inside, but it's a bit tighter in the rear than a RAV4 or Subaru Forester.

The RAV4 is unique in offering a hybrid option, although it can't match the luxurious feel of the CX-5 at the top end of the range.

New to the class are the 2022 Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, which can't match the Mazda when it comes to driving fun but counter with spacious cabins and thoroughly modern infotainment screens.

Mazda CX-5 Interesting Facts

Did you know?

Before it set about developing the CX-5, Mazda sold a version of the Ford Escape called the Mazda Tribute. It also offered a mid-sized SUV called the CX-7 until 2012.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Mazda CX-5 range kicks off from $32,190 (plus on-road costs) for the "CX-5 MAXX (FWD)" variant and finishes at $53,680 (plus on-road costs) for the "CX-5 AKERA (AWD)" variant.

The Mazda CX-5 is built in Japan and is then shipped to Australia.

The Mazda CX-5 has a braked towing capacity of 1800kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 750kg.

Mazda suggested that owners service their Mazda CX-5 every 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first.

The Mazda CX-5 has a five star ANCAP safety rating out of five.

The variants of the Mazda CX-5 use Unleaded Petrol or Diesel.

The Mazda CX-5 has 4 doors.

In our latest review the Mazda CX-5 scored 8.2 out of 10. Read the full Mazda CX-5 review here.

The Mazda CX-5 had a 5 year, unlimited km warranty.