Some midsize crossover SUVs concentrate on practicality, some concentrate on style, and some automakers pay a lot of attention to producing an SUV that’s enjoyable to drive. Some do try to be all things to all people, but often the results are underwhelming across the board as compromise has been made in every area. When you find yourself behind the wheel of a 2022 Mazda CX-5 in Mississauga, Streetsville, Erin Mills, or anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area, you’ll struggle to find an area where compromises have been made as the CX-5 is as practical and enjoyable to drive as it is stunning to behold.
There are six different trim levels to choose from in the 2022 Mazda CX-5 lineup here in Canada that cover a wide range of specifications and will appeal to a good spread of budgets. The 2022 lineup starts with the entry-level GX that looks and feels anything but “entry-level” when you see it and look further into its standard specification. The next model in the range is the GS, and then we have the Kuro, GT, Sport Design, and the top-of-the-range Signature, which does a more than passable impression of a full-blown luxury SUV that would cost considerably more.
Mazda also offers a choice of engines for the CX-5 while plenty of rivals choose to adopt a more take-it-or-leave-it approach with a single unit for a whole range. The standard engine for the whole lineup, apart from the range-topping Signature, is a 2.5-litre inline-four that puts out 187 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque that goes exclusively to all four of the Mazda’s wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sport Design and Signature versions of the CX-5 are where you need to be if you want a more powerful version of the CX-5, but only the Signature gets the more powerful engine as part of its standard equipment. The engine in question is a turbocharged 2.5-litre unit that ups the power ante to as much as 227 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.
A Sport mode is available with the standard six-speed automatic transmission that is designed to allow the driver to delay shifts for a more spirited and more responsive driving experience, but driver engagement and enjoyment are pretty much baked in as part of the DNA of the CX-5.
Automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors are part of an impressive list of standard features throughout the 2022 CX-5 lineup, and these features have contributed significantly towards the Mazda SUV getting a full five-star rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. Even the entry-level CX-5 GX gets standard rain-sensing wipers; LED auto on/off headlights; 17-inch alloys; remote keyless entry; air conditioning; a 10.25-inch color display; and an infotainment system with full Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, Mazda Connected Services, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The top-of-the-line Signature model is seriously impressive with its standard 19-inch alloy wheels, a head-up display, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, nappa leather upholstery, wood and chrome trim, ambient lighting, navigation, a surround-view camera system, parking sensors, and distinctive exterior styling cues that are exclusive to this top model. In between the GX and Signature models, there are four other great specifications that allow you to get the CX-5 that’s exactly right for you.
It’s easy to get seduced by the exterior styling of the gorgeous 2022 Mazda CX-5, but some attractive vehicles can then disappoint when you start to familiarise yourself with them a little more. We’re confident won’t happen when you come for a CX-5 test drive with Erin Mills Mazda here at 2400 Motorway Blvd, Mississauga, ON, so give us a call today at (905)-828-0070 for more information about pricing and availability and to book a test drive for a time that’s suitable for you.