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Mazda CX-8 2022

The 2022 Mazda CX-8 range of configurations is currently priced from $39,990. Our most recent review of the 2022 Mazda CX-8 resulted in a score of 9 out of 10 for that particular example.

Carsguide Contributing Journalist Byron Mathioudakis had this to say at the time: We admit that the thought of a week in a CX-8 seemed like it was going to be a dull affair, but in fact proved to be one of the more enjoyable seven days in an SUV for a while now.

You can read the full review here.

This is what Byron Mathioudakis liked most about this particular version of the Mazda CX-8: Great to drive in and away from town, Surprisingly high value, Comfy and refined cabin presentation

The Mazda CX-8 SUV competes with similar models like the Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage and Subaru Forester in the Under $40k category category.

The 2022 Mazda CX-8 carries a braked towing capacity of up to 2000 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.

Mazda CX-8 2022 Price and Specs

The Mazda CX-8 2022 is currently available from $39,990 for the CX-8 Sport (fwd) up to $69,390 for the CX-8 Asaki LE (awd).

Pricing guides

Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
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Mazda CX-8 Model Body Type Specs Price
Asaki (awd) SUV 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO $66,890
Asaki (fwd) SUV 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO $62,890
Asaki (fwd) SUV 2.5L ULP 6 SP AUTO $59,790
Asaki LE (awd) SUV 2.2L Diesel 6 SP AUTO $69,390
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Mazda CX-8 2022 Dimensions

Dimensions for the 2022 Mazda CX-8 are dependent on which body type is chosen. The maximum width and height is 1840mm x 1725mm and can vary on the basis of model.

Dimensions for the Mazda CX-8 2022 Dimensions  include 1725mm height, 1840mm width, 4900mm length.
Mazda CX-8 Model Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
Sport (fwd) SUV 1720x1840x4900 mm 200 mm
Touring (fwd) SUV 1720x1840x4900 mm 200 mm
Sport (awd) SUV 1720x1840x4900 mm 200 mm
Touring SP (fwd) SUV 1720x1840x4900 mm 200 mm
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Mazda CX-8 2022 Interior

Wide doors allow easy entry to the front seat, where it’s clear that most switchgear and controls are focused on the driver.

The multi-adjustable steering wheel is precisely centred for unencumbered view of the analogue dials within the chunky rim and standard-fitment digital head-up display above. Finding the ideal position is no hardship.

Most functionality boxes are ticked: superbly crisp dials, excellent ventilation, plenty of storage (including large door pockets for bottles and such) and fine forward vision. The excellent climate control system also features independent middle-row controls. Useful.

However, the multimedia set-up in this Mazda throws up both good and bad points: the former include thoughtful placement of a BMW iDrive-style controller that is meant to mitigate eyes-off-road distraction; users can alternatively use the touchscreen access if the vehicle is stationary; and ­– once familiarised – the menu layout is simple to fathom.

But, a decade old now, the system is certainly ageing, with tardy responses, dated graphics and a low-rent map rendering that seems aftermarket.

Driver front/side vision is also hampered by massive door mirrors, thick A-pillar bases and a narrow rear window, so you’re left to rely on that smallish camera screen as well as the (thankfully effective) RTCA/driver-assist safety systems. And the climate-control buttons are too easily activated/deactivated by the placement of phones in the storage slot below.

The second row is where the CX-8 really starts to diverge from its shorter sibling.

Longer doors which very helpfully open to almost 90 degrees provide ample entry/egress, to a classy environment thanks to the SP’s smart, monochromatic (black) presentation, that lush seat trim and broad attention to detail. These include large centre air vents with full climate control (including heating for outboard occupants), one-touch power windows that go all the way down, a wide centre armrest that matches the front ones, offering cupholders, minor hidden storage and a pair of USB-A ports for charging duties. Grab handles, reading lights, coat hooks, huge door storage and map pockets further underline the Mazda’s family-friendly focus.

Finally, there’s the two rearmost seats, accessed via a simple push of an electric button on either side, followed by a gentle push forward, to reveal a sizeable gap for passengers to clamber past. Thanks, longer doors. It’s not too bad given this is a stretched midsized SUV.

But it’s really best for smaller people, as the knees-up posture can get tiring after a while. The backrest is quite upright and doesn’t recline either. And you won’t find body-facing air vents back there – though in 31ºC summer heat and humidity the air-con could be felt, mercifully.

For a tight third-row environment, it’s not too bad. Thankfully there’s space for big shoes to tuck underneath the second row; big windows flood light in; the folding full-sized headrests mean heads are neither touching nor baking beneath the back window; there’s storage and cupholder access; and exiting is child’s play thanks to a single-lever action that’s clearly defined.

Mazda CX-8 2022 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda CX-8 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Which mid-size, diesel SUV should I buy?

    Mazda’s SUV range (CX-5 and CX-8) are popular with their owners and have a good reputation in the trade. Crucially, they’re also available with a turbo-diesel engine, so they fit your criteria on that basis. We’d also suggest you take a good look at the South Korean brands’ offerings (Hyundai and Kia) as these are also highly rated by the trade and those companies have been involved with small-capacity diesel engines for decades, so the technology is pretty well sorted.

    It’s interesting that you’ve had a good run from your Holden Captiva as that is far from the experience of many owners and former owners of this particular vehicle. As the Captiva ages it is very likely to start giving trouble, so the best advice is to trade up to a newer vehicle sooner rather than later.

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  • Mazda CX-8 DPF issues around town?

    Given the CX-8 only arrived on the market in June 2018, it's a bit too early to say conclusively, but the current CX-5 diesel (which shares its mechanicals with the CX-8) seems to be trouble free under these conditions. 

    Early versions of the first-generation CX-5 diesel had diesel particulate filter (DPF) issues that caused diesel fuel to leak into the engine oil, but this was fixed with hardware and software upgrades under warranty in 2012. 

    Having said that, any car will likely benefit from the odd highway run, but I wouldn't have any concerns about the CX-8 around town. 

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Mazda CX-8 2022 Colours

Mazda charges $495 extra for Machine Grey, Polymer Grey and Soul Red Crystal metallic paint, leaving the new Platinum Quartz as well as the Titanium Flash, Deep Crystal Blue, Jet Black and Snowflake White micas as the no-extra-cost colour choices. Remember when the brand used to boast about never charging for premium paint?

  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Polymetal Grey Metallic
  • Machine Grey Metallic
  • Platinum Quartz Metallic
  • Titanium Flash Mica
  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Mazda CX-8 2022 Towing capacity

The Mazda CX-8’s towing capacity ranges from 1800kg to 2000kg. Some models also offer heavy-duty or towing option packs which can increase towing capacity, as well as options which can hamper towing capacity. Towing capacities can vary wildly on a large number of factors. These include engine, transmission, model, and options chosen. Always check with the manufacturer or in your vehicles handbook before attempting to tow anything.

Mazda CX-8 Model Body Type Specs Braked Capacity
Sport (fwd) SUV 2.5L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 1800kg
Touring (fwd) SUV 2.5L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 1800kg
Sport (awd) SUV 2.2L,Diesel,6 SP AUTO 2000kg
Touring SP (fwd) SUV 2.5L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 1800kg
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Mazda CX-8 2022 Seats

The CX-8 Touring SP’s seats are a combination of vinyl and suede-like cloth, which together up the premium ambience for those who don’t desire leather. Vegans, the SP is for you.

They’re comfortable, breathe well in hot weather and help locate occupants beautifully – though, on the other hand, we can’t imagine they’d be easy to clean after kids and/or pets spills. Electricity takes care of seat rake, reach and lumbar, with a handy memory setting to further help you find the right spot behind the lovely stitched steering wheel.

The middle-row backrests recline a few degrees, while the bases also slide, boosting their firm yet comfortable set-up. As do the lush seat trim.

Note that Mazda has gone to the trouble of putting the smaller portion of the 70:30 sliding middle seat on the kerbside, meaning that only one occupant needs to vacate it for third-row access.

The under-cushion sliding mechanism is easy to operate, and provides more-than-adequate legroom for taller riders. while forward and side vision is also unobstructed, giving the CX-8 a vast, airy feel. Interestingly, while not as wide as the CX-9, the seats are certainly roomy enough for three people, even if their shoulders may be touching.

Finally, there’s the two rearmost seats, accessed via a simple push of an electric button on either side, followed by a gentle push forward, to reveal a sizeable gap for passengers to clamber past.

Your tester is 178cm tall, and there’s sufficient space for two similarly-sized adults to travel back there. Head and shoulder room are fine. But it’s really best for smaller people, as the knees-up posture can get tiring after a while. The backrest is quite upright and doesn’t recline either.

Mazda CX-8 2022 Seats

Mazda CX-8 2022 Accessories

The CX-8 Touring SP includes seven seats (of course), sliding and reclining middle-row seats, tri-zone climate control with second-row control, head-up display, auto on/off LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, roof rails, power-folding side mirrors, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone support, power windows, remote central locking, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, electric park brake with auto-hold and 19-inch alloys (with a space-saver spare wheel).

You'll also find front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, driver-fatigue checks and tyre-pressure monitors, as well as LED fog lights, keyless entry, heated and powered front seats, second-row centre armrest with USB charging ports, paddle shifters, an electrically actuated second-row seat slide function for one-touch third-row entry, blacked-out trim inside, synthetic leather/suede seat trim, driver’s seat memory and heated second-row outboard seats.

Mazda CX-8 2022 Accessories

Mazda CX-8 2022 Boot Space

The CX-8 with all seat backs erect can take 209 litres, extending to 242L with underfloor storage, while folding the third row boosts boot volume to 742/775L. The temporary spare lives underneath the floor.

Mazda CX-8 2022 Boot space Mazda CX-8 2022 Boot space

Mazda CX-8 2022 Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption for the 2022 Mazda CX-8 is dependent on the type of engine, transmission, or model chosen. The Mazda CX-8 currently offers fuel consumption from 5.9 to 8.1L/100km. The Mazda CX-8 is available with the following fuel types: Diesel and ULP.

Mazda CX-8 Model Body Type Specs Fuel Consumption
Asaki (awd) SUV 2.2L,Diesel,6 SP AUTO 6L/100km
Asaki (fwd) SUV 2.2L,Diesel,6 SP AUTO 5.9L/100km
Asaki (fwd) SUV 2.5L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 8.1L/100km
GT (fwd) SUV 2.5L,ULP,6 SP AUTO 8.1L/100km
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Mazda CX-8 2022 Speed

The CX-8 SP Touring can go from 0-100km/h in 10.9 seconds.

Mazda CX-8 2022 Speed

Mazda CX-8 2022 Wheel size

Wheel size for the 2022 Mazda CX-8 will vary depending on model chosen, although keep in mind that many manufacturers offer alternate wheel sizes as options on many models.The wheel size available will alter the range of tyres available to be fitted.

Mazda CX-8 Model Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
Sport (fwd) SUV 225x65 R17 1 225x65 R17 1
Touring (fwd) SUV 225x65 R17 1 225x65 R17 1
Sport (awd) SUV 225x65 R17 1 225x65 R17 1
Touring SP (fwd) SUV 225x55 R19 9 225x55 R19 9
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