2022 Mazda CX-5 Updated With Standard AWD, Subtle Styling

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The crossover gets a better driving experience, too.

Recently, we heard about Mazda's plans for its lineup that included the new Mazda CX-5. We already knew the crossover would be coming with a new platform and new engines. Earlier this month, we got a sneak preview of the new CX-5 thanks to leaked images coming out of China.

Now the 2022 CX-5 has been officially revealed for America, and it's got quite a bit for us to talk about. Let's get started.

Mazda says this CX-5 drives better than ever. Thanks to the standard inclusion of all-wheel drive across the lineup, as well as styling updates, the new CX-5 will surely appeal to more buyers than ever before. The updated vehicle offers "considerable improvements to the design and dynamic performance".

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Designers focused mainly on updating the front and rear fascias, with the former featuring a new signature wing extending outwards from the front grille. That grille has been updated too, now boasting a "three-dimensional texture" instead of mesh. The headlights and taillights have been redesigned with rectangular LED lighting accents while new aluminum alloy wheels also help set the 2022 model apart from its predecessor.

On turbocharged models, additional design changes are implemented. On the new 2.5 Turbo (formerly the Grand Touring Reserve), gloss black accents adorn the exterior while the cabin gets red accents and stitching. Body-color exterior cladding and bright silver wheels, as well as Nappa leather and genuine woodgrain further elevate this model's appeal.

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The new CX-5 gets changes under the skin too, with intelligent Drive Select, or Mi-Drive offering various drive modes. Redesigned seats have been fitted too, bolstering comfort while a redesigned six-speed automatic transmission is said to be smoother and more responsive. The suspension gets reworked too, promising a reduction in vibrations, road noise, and discomfort thanks to an improved dampening control structure and increased frame rigidity.

Finally, i-Active AWD is now standard for all Mazda CX models from the 2022 model year. With the ability to continually monitor weight transfer and shift power to the appropriate wheels, Mazda is promising enhanced turn-in response and control along with improved safety. Pricing and time of availability haven't been announced just yet.

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