‘Masterclass’ 2022 Mazda CX-5 Earns Perfect Score From Car and Driver for 6th Year in a Row

The Mazda CX-5 been proven as one of the most reliable subcompact SUVs in the market. It has received praise for its roomy seating, excellent driving dynamics, high-level safety, and advanced technologies. It has even earned a perfect score from Car and Driver for the sixth year in a row.

A red 2022 Mazda CX-5 driving in a lightly lit tunnel.
2022 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda North American Operations

Car and Driver’s 2022 Editor’s Choice list is not surprising at all

Car and Driver recently released its annual Editor’s Choice list, featuring cars that C/D’s editors believe are worth buying. Out of the 400 models of vehicles on the market, the publication listed 116 cars that are reliable and offer great returns.

Ford Bronco Sport came in seventh place in the compact SUV category, with the site gushing about its three-cylinder engine’s fuel efficiency. Car and Driver commended the Bronco Sport for its versatile compact use. 

The Honda CR-V came in sixth with Car and Driver being impressed by its spacious interior and storage space. However, its noisy base engine at wide-open throttle made the CR-V lose out on the top spot.

In fifth place was the Hyundai Tucson, which Car and Driver loved for its equipped cabin and daring exterior design. However, its lack of a volume knob and goody push-button shifter didn’t sit well with the team. 

The Mazda CX-5 ranked in fourth place, but Car and Driver noted the vehicle’s non-turbo engine could use more oomph, with the team finding the CX-5’s cargo capacity unremarkable. The Toyota RAV4 took third place due to its comfortable ride and great standard driver assistance features. However, its unrefined engine sounds and handling denied the impressive car the top spot.

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid came second due to its tech features and spacious interior. Its high starting price and bland driving character made the hybrid lose out on the coveted top spot. The Volkswagen Tiguan edged out all the models due to its sporty handling, an additional row of seating, and spacious cabin.

The Mazda CX-5 has earned a perfect score from Car and Driver for 6 years

Mazda began production on the CX-5 models in 2012, with the first model arriving in 2013. The vehicle has received praise over the years for its safety features, elegant design, and spacious interior.

The Mazda CX-5 has earned a perfect 10 out of 10 rating score since 2017, with its recent addition to the list marking the sixth time in a row the CX-5 has appeared on the site. The publication commended the model for its beautifully sculpted bodywork and athleticism that beat its competitors.

Car and Driver’s verdict on the car was that it is “a masterclass in making a mainstream SUV feel like it belongs in high society.”

Differences between the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2022 Mazda CX-5


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One of the most notable differences between the two models is the Mazda gaveMazda’s sleek exterior design the 2022 Mazda CX-5. The company minimized the character lines in their 2021 model giving the 2022 vehicle an elegant look.

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 got a new face with reshaped headlights featuring two sleek rectangular LED lights and a 3D mesh grille. The vehicle also underwent transmission tweaks, with the company enhancing its suspension to give drivers a smoother and quieter ride.

With a supply of premium fuel, you should be able to get six extra ponies in the turbo engine. The company also announced that they had made their seats more comfortable for a stable and natural feel.

Additionally, the company gave the 2022 model a new drive-mode feature that enables drivers to select the most suitable drive modes to take advantage of the car’s driving capabilities. You also get excellent traction when driving on slippery roads and rugged terrains.