2022 Mazda CX-5 Vs. 2022 GMC Terrain; Which Of These Compact Suvs Should I Lease In 2022

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The entry-level compact crossover SUV segment is hotly contested, with the likes of Honda, KIA, Hyundai, Toyota, Ford, and Volkswagen trying to dominate. Choosing a car from this pool of sensational options is usually overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a particular brand in mind.

Here, in a bid to help you make the right choice, we will compare two brilliant and popular options you’d come across while browsing through this segment.

The Mazda CX-5 and GMC Terrain are two compact crossovers with a unique exterior styling and an extensive list of amazing high-tech features. Let’s see which one of them would offer greater value if leased in 2022.

What’s New

For the 2022 model year, the sleek CX-5, Mazda’s best-selling SUV, gets a mild exterior refresh. The SUV’s front and rear end now look a bit more cutting-edge. It also gets new rectangle-shaped LED headlights, restyled grille, and new bumpers. The CX-5 also received new seats that offer even more comfort, and a more responsive transmission. All-wheel drive is now standard across the 2022 CX-5’s lineup.

The GMC Terrain also gets its fair share of styling refresh for the new model year. The headlights, taillights, front bumpers, wheels, and grilles have all been upgraded to look more aggressive. Inside, the SUV’s upholstery has been upgraded, and the automaker will no longer offer the previously optional 2.0Liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine beneath the Terrain’s hood. Finally, GMC has added a new AT4 trim, having removed the base SL trim.

Engine And Transmission

Far from performance SUVs, the CX-5 and Terrain are entry-level compact crossovers with moderate engines that wouldn’t have any issues going about daily hauling duties.

Mazda offers two powertrain options for the 2022 CX-5. The base powertrain consists of a 2.5Liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, making 187-hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. The other is an optional 2.5Liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 256-hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission to deliver power to all four wheels.

Having discontinued the previously optional 255-hp four-cylinder engine, GMC only has one engine option for the 2022 Terrain; a 1.5Liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 170-hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available.

Handling And Performance

The CX-5 is the king in its segment when it comes to handling. Typical of a very agile crossover, the CX-5’s steering response is perfect, brakes are very impressive, and the chassis is just playful. You can’t help but love the CX-5 for its brilliance, composure, and ride quality. The base CX-5 accelerates from 0-60mph in 7.1seconds, while the 256-hp powered model runs from 0-60mph in 6.1seconds. You can opt to lease the 2022 Mazda CX-5 for its power and best-in-class driving dynamics.

The 2022 GMC Terrain, on the other hand, does not deliver as much satisfactory driving dynamics as do the CX-5. The steering is not as responsive as you’d appreciate. But the brakes’ feedback is great, and even at sharp corners and high speeds, the Terrain remains stable and composed. In terms of acceleration, the Terrain’s 170-hp engine sees the compact SUV slide down the rankings, as it is now one of the slowest in its class. It crosses 0-60mph in just under 9seconds.

Fuel Economy

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 has an EPA rating of 24-mpg in the city and 30-mpg on the highway for the base engine models. Switching to models with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine, this rating falls to 22-mpg in the city and 27-mpg on the highway. Still pretty good for a handsome compact crossover of its caliber.

Owing to the Terrain’s smaller and less powerful engine, its EPA numbers are quite impressive. The front-wheel drive model is rated 25-mpg in the city and 30-mpg on the highway. The all-wheel. drive model gets an EPA rating of 25-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway.


Coming inside an entry-level compact SUV, we don’t expect to see so much luxury detailing or eye-popping tech features. A comfortable and well-styled Interior with good quality materials would excite any buyer any day. While the CX-5 looks the business, we can’t say the same about the Terrain.

The CX-5 boasts an elegant cabin outfitted with quality soft-touch materials, useful cubby storage spaces, and essential comfort features. However, climbing up the trim levels, you’ll agree that the CX-5 has one of the most quiet, upscale, and elegant interiors in its segment, but not the roomiest. The rear seats and cargo are not so spacious, but that’s something we can overlook. Some of the cool features offered in the 2022 CX-5 include a standard intuitive 10.3-inch infotainment display with Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control system, heated front seats, etc.

The interior of the 2022 GMC Terrain is more spacious and also has an impressive layout, but its build quality is off-putting with conspicuous signs of cost-cutting. There’s an intuitive 8-inch infotainment display with wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility. In-dash navigation, wireless charging, a power liftgate, and a head-up display are among the optional features. In terms of space, the Terrain is more spacious than the CX-5 and also offers a larger cargo. You can consider leasing the 2022 GMC Terrain for its roomy interior and cargo.

The Mazda CX-5 and GMC Terrain are two great options for car lovers looking to enjoy a compact crossover in 2022. While the CX-5 looks to have earned a higher rating, the Terrain is no write-off at all.

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