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2022 Mazda CX-5 Review


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A Compact SUV with Good Looks and Good Value

Mark Fulmer
Executive Producer, Editor
The Auto Channel

Lots of goodies are now standard on the 2022 edition of the CX-5: all-wheel drive, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability.


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Powered by a SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine puts out 186 lb-ft torque @ 4,000 rpm and I was able to get 26 miles to the gallon in mixed driving. The handling and steering are both light and precise and the engine and road noise quite subdued except under hard acceleration which doesn't happen often these days in city traffic.


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The interior is a strong point with impressive fit and finish. The Signature trim uses a 10.3-inch screen, with a large control knob and a small both in the console. Passengers appreciated the dual-zone automatic climate control with pollen filter as Sacramento is a city with many many tree types and varieties of pollen. These days you can add wildfire smoke to that list.
Front seat specs:
SHOULDER ROOM - 57.1"
HIP ROOM - 55.2"
LEG ROOM - 41.0"


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The rear row of seats got praise from passengers, young and old.
REAR SHOULDER ROOM - 54.8"
REAR HIP ROOM - 55.3"
REAR LEG ROOM - 39.6"


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The cargo space behind the second row - 30 cubic feet.


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The cargo space with 2nd row flat - 60 cubic feet.


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Safety systems are plentiful and include:
Anti-lock Brake System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution &
Brake Assist Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control System
Hill Launch Assist
Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go
Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection
Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning
Lane Departure Warning System with Lane-keep Assist
Engine-immobilizer
Anti-theft system
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)


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The CX-5 with a sticker starting at 26K given the current state of the economy becomes recommended test drive.