It may not seem like it, but the current-generation Mazda CX-5 turned five this 2021. While it still looks good for a 5-year old vehicle, the automaker decided to give the crossover a slight nip and tuck for the 2022 model year. The changes are quite subtle, so you'll have to take a closer look to see the differences.
For 2022, Mazda cleaned up the design of the already stylish CX-5, making it look more elegant instead of rugged. The most obvious updates are the headlights which now come with new distinct rectangular LED lights. Then there's the grille; Mazda designers tweaked it by using a fancier 3D-like texture to replace the mesh unit on the outgoing model. Though a bit harder to tell, the bumper is also new, featuring a smaller center intake. Rounding up the exterior changes are the new wheels and LED taillights.
The biggest exterior change, however, would be the way the crossover is painted. If you notice, some of the photos provided by Mazda show the crossover without black body cladding, while others are. Depending on the trim, higher-end variants are now offered with body-color accents giving it a more upmarket design. However, the black cladding is still available for those that want a more rugged crossover look.
To complement the revised exterior, Mazda also updated the cabin. Rather than changing the design or layout, the automaker changed the materials used. There's now real woodgrain paired with Nappa leather all around, giving the interior a more luxurious feel. Mazda's new drive select mode is called Mi-Drive. Though not seen, the suspension was re-tuned to improve ride comfort.
In other markets, the engines from the outgoing model were carried over into the 2022 CX-5. Expect Mazda Philippines to do the same for the crossover locally once it arrives. For reference, the local CX-5 is available with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated mill, a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-4, and a 2.2-liter diesel. Only the 2.5-liter turbo and 2.2-liter diesel engines are available with AWD.
What's your opinion on the 2022 CX-5? Should Mazda have done more, or does the subtle update work?