The 2022 Mazda CX-5, more than any other major small crossover, makes its driver feel special. With a price tag that is considerably closer to that of a Honda CR-V than it is to that of a Porsche Macan, the Mazda appeals to the same demographic as the former while also impressing those who fall into the latter’s tax bracket.
While the CX-5’s base four-cylinder engine lacks the aggressive driving characteristics of the optional turbocharged four, all variants offer an unmatched ride-and-handling balance in this segment. While there are more practical alternatives, particularly in terms of cargo space, none equal the Mazda’s attractively styled and luxuriously fitted inside. The transcending characteristics of the 2022 CX-5 simply outperform those of its competitors.