2022 Mazda CX-5 Interior and Cargo

Mazda CX-5 Interior & Cargo Rating

2022 CX-5 Interior

If you want a premium look and feel in this corner of the market, no one is more capable of delivering than Mazda. The CX-5 boasts an interior swathed with more premium materials than you'd expect from an affordable SUV, but it also pairs this with ample space and a classy design. It may fall short on practicality compared to the segment's best offerings, but space for five is ample, the seats are comfortable, and the overall feel is one of luxury. The larger infotainment screen made standard last year also goes a long way toward making the CX-5 feel modern, especially when some rivals insist on selling base models with infotainment from the dark ages. The inside of the CX-5 is a great place to be, even on lower trim levels. Not many rivals can say the same.

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Seating and Interior Space

There's a reason that sedans are on the road to extinction and that's because crossovers like the CX-5 offer all the extra space you need without the added bulkiness that comes with a bona fide body-on-frame SUV. The Mazda has plenty of space to offer and has seating for up to five occupants. Front passengers will enjoy more legroom than those in the rear, but even taller adults will manage in the back seats with 39.6 inches of legroom and 39 inches of headspace. The seating is comfortable and supportive enough for daily trips to school and work, and comfort has been further improved for 2022 with the more supple suspension and redesigned, more comfortable seats.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Interior Dimensions:

Mazda CX-5 Trims2.5 S2.5 S Select2.5 S Preferred2.5 S Carbon Edition2.5 S Premium2.5 S Premium Plus2.5 Turbo2.5 Turbo Signature
Headroom Front Seat39.7 in.39.7 in.39.3 in.39.3 in.39.3 in.39.3 in.39.3 in.39.3 in.
Headroom Back Seat39 in.39 in.39 in.39 in.39 in.39 in.39 in.39 in.
Legroom Front Seat41 in.41 in.41 in.41 in.41 in.41 in.41 in.41 in.
Legroom Back Seat39.6 in.39.6 in.39.6 in.39.6 in.39.6 in.39.6 in.39.6 in.39.6 in.
Shoulder Room Front57.1 in.57.1 in.57.1 in.57.1 in.57.1 in.57.1 in.57.1 in.57.1 in.
Shoulder Room Rear54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.54.8 in.
Hip Room, Front55.2 in.55.2 in.55.2 in.55.2 in.55.2 in.55.2 in.55.2 in.55.2 in.
Hip Room, Rear55.3 in.55.3 in.55.3 in.55.3 in.55.3 in.55.3 in.55.3 in.55.3 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

An attestation to our earlier statement about premium materials, the base CX-5 2.5 S is the only trim to come with black cloth upholstery. The 2.5 S Select model offers the choice between Silk Beige or Black leatherette while the 2.5 S Preferred model gets genuine black leather upholstery - or Silk Beige leatherette. The 2.5 S Premium and S Premium Plus trims get leather - available in either Parchment or Black, while the 2.5 Turbo gets the black leather only. The Turbo Signature spec ups the ante significantly, however, with Caturra Brown Nappa leather and genuine layered wood trim inserts on the dash and doors. Reserved for the Carbon Edition are red leather seats and red stitching throughout the interior - although you can opt for black leather instead.

2022 CX-5 Trunk and Cargo Space

If an automaker wants their crossover to sit at the top of shortlists, it'll need to offer a decent amount of practicality. Generous trunk space is a box that needs to be ticked, and while the CX-5's trunk isn't the most cavernous of its kind, it's certainly manageable. Behind the second row lies 30.9 cubic feet that will gladly swallow up school bags and luggage. But it falls miles behind the CR-V's cavernous 39.2 cubes and the RAV4's 37.6 cubes. Dropping the rear seats unlocks more space, but at 59.3 cubes, this is still more than 16 cubes shy of what you'll find in the Honda.

In-cabin storage is accommodating thanks to a large storage bin in the center console and deep door pockets. The glove compartment is also big enough to store a few small items and a small tray in front of the gearshift is perfectly sized for smartphones.

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2022 Mazda CX-5 Bed Size:

Mazda CX-5 Trims2.5 S2.5 S Select2.5 S Preferred2.5 S Carbon Edition2.5 S Premium2.5 S Premium Plus2.5 Turbo2.5 Turbo Signature
Box Width (Wheelhousings)41.3 in.41.3 in.41.3 in.41.3 in.41.3 in.41.3 in.41.3 in.41.3 in.
Box Height (Area)32.4 in.32.4 in.32.4 in.32.4 in.32.4 in.32.4 in.32.4 in.32.4 in.

2022 CX-5 Infotainment and Features


Mazda has ensured that the CX-5 is well-laden with comfort and convenience features regardless of trim level. The entry-level S model gets remote keyless entry, push-button start, an electronic handbrake, a multifunction, manually tilting/telescoping steering wheel, and air conditioning. The driver's seat is six-way manually-adjustable and a leather-clad steering wheel and gear selector are standard. The S Select model welcomes keyless start, dual-zone climate control, a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, and rear air-conditioning vents. S Preferred trim adds a power sunroof, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Carbon Edition shares the S Preferred's specifications. S Premium gains paddle shifters and more infotainment features. Ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a head-up display are added to the S Premium Plus, while the Turbo is essentially an S Premium Plus with the turbocharged engine. The 2.5 Turbo Signature gets a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror, traffic-sign recognition, wood trim, and a black cloth headliner.

In terms of driver-assists, the base model boasts traction control, hill launch assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control with stop and go is also included with smart city braking, pedestrian monitoring, and collision warning. Lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist round off the list. Exclusive to the Signature are a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, traffic-jam assist, and reverse Smart City Brake.


For 2021, Mazda went all out on the CX-5's infotainment suite, equipping even the base model with a 10.25-inch display replete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. Mazda falters by only supplying four speakers in the S variant, but upgrades to six for the S Select, S Preferred, and S Carbon Edition, while every other trim gets a 10-speaker Bose system. As is to be expected, Bluetooth and dual front USB ports are standard, while from the S Select, dual rear USB charging ports are added and from the S Premium, SiriusXM satellite radio. The top-spec Turbo Signature also includes three year's worth of SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link for a fully connected experience, as well as navigation. The system looks classy and responds well to inputs via the rotary dial on the center console. The Bose sound system we tested wasn't stellar, however, but this small fault aside, the infotainment suite is one of the best in the segment.

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