Over the last several years, Mazda has truly come into its own as an automotive maker that is capable of producing well-made cars that not only perform well, but are also reliable. One of their most popular models is the CX-5. It's relatively easy to understand why so many people are interested in this car. It performs as well, it has a tendency to hold up well over the course of several years and it's large enough to haul the entire family around. As a result, it has become something of a foundation within Mazda's line up. However, they decided to make it even better and as a result, there are some important changes for the 2022 Mazda CX-5.
There are quite a few things about this particular automobile that are new when compared to the previous model. Perhaps the most important change is the incorporation of an all-wheel drive system that Mazda will be putting in every single car that it manufacturers, beginning with the 2022 model year. This is probably enough to convince a lot of people to consider purchasing the CX-5, as all-wheel drive has become one of the more important points to consider when purchasing an automobile. It seems Mazda is taking note of some of its competition, namely Subaru, and incorporating all-wheel drive as a standard feature on all of its cars (as opposed to offering it as an option on only a few models). It's also important to realize that this is not just a standard all-wheel drive system, but rather a computer-based all-wheel drive system that makes steering almost effortless. Mazda calls it the iACTIV all-wheel drive system.
It amounts to an onboard computer that helps you maintain contact with the road while simultaneously getting the best performance out of the vehicle in question. In short, you might notice that the vehicle drives better, especially when coming out of corners or when rapidly changing speed. While the CX-5 is certainly not a sports car, improved handling is always a good thing. You're most likely to notice that its handling is superior to previous CX-5 models when you have to steer abruptly to avoid a car that has pulled out in front of you or you're forced to slam on the brakes in order to avoid much the same. The onboard computer helps guard against things like oversteering, effectively making the vehicle easier to control and safer to drive. In addition to this very important safety feature, there are a few other changes that Mazda has made for the upcoming model year as well.
More Power And A Sleeker Design
Mazda also changed the overall exterior of the vehicle, albeit not a lot. They wanted to make small changes that would make the vehicle appear sleeker and more streamlined. As such, it got a redesigned grille and headlights, along with a few finishing touches here and there that makes it look more fluid overall. In addition to those changes, there are two trim models that will be available. The base trim will continue to offer the same engine that has been offered in the CX-5 for a number of years, but the upgraded trim will have a 2.5 liter turbocharged engine and upgraded interior trim to give the vehicle an important boost in torque while simultaneously making it feel more luxurious to drive.
Driver Assist System
While it isn't at all uncommon for most vehicles produced today to offer driver-assist systems, the one offered on the Mazda CX-5 is by far one of the more unique examples out there. Most driver-assist systems will help you parallel park, and that's about as far as it goes. Unless you have the money to shell out for a Tesla or something similar, you will typically be responsible for doing the lion's share of the driving if you're doing anything beyond parking. However, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 will offer a system that can steer the car on your behalf when you are stuck in traffic at speeds as high as 40 miles per hour. When you consider the fact that most accidents happen during traffic jams, the use of such a system takes on a whole new level of importance. It's easy to become distracted when you're moving slowly through traffic.
People have a tendency to feel like it's less likely for an accident to happen when they're not traveling at a high rate of speed. The next thing you know, you glance down for just a fraction of a second and look up to realize that all of the traffic in front of you has come to a dead stop and you don't have time to make any adjustments before you hit someone. Having this type of driver-assist system onboard can avoid those types of issues entirely. Furthermore, the system frees you up to devote your attention to the most important things that are going on around you as opposed to worrying about trying to avoid the driver that is directly in front of you. At the end of the day, it makes this particular car safer and less stressful to drive, even in some of the most inherently stressful types of situations.
The Real Deal
These days, drivers are looking for something that will give them what they need without costing them a fortune in the process. Considering the price of vehicles these days, it's getting harder and harder to find such an example of quality. The Mazda CX-5 has always been an exception to that rule. More importantly, the 2022 version continues to improve on that level of quality with a 250 horsepower engine and an ability to do many things very well. It doesn't matter if you're taking the kids to school, pulling a boat, or hauling an entire week's worth of groceries around in the cargo area, this is a vehicle that's capable of getting it all done without making it feel like a chore.
It's easy to see why the CX-5 has long been Mazda's best-selling automobile. The changes to the 2022 version will most likely only draw more people to the vehicle, thereby further increasing its popularity. By all accounts, it also looks like it will become one of the safer and more reliable vehicles to choose from, thereby allowing Mazda to compete with other automakers more effectively.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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