Living from the Slightly Quicker Street
An antidote of such acceleration ills is here comprising of Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which occurs common in the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter keeps on within the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is available simply with a six-speed auto, may still be specific having a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, a latest mill bumps output by 29 horsepower and 35 lb-ft of torque. So endowed, our CX-5 cracked off a 7.6-second 0-to-60 time and knocked down the quarter in 15.8. Welcome improvements to be sure, but at the price of several mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic offers averaged a great 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, although the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 percent on the mileage in your 2.5-liter test car was gathered in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving in the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint with the accelerator could yield results closer to the certified EPA mixed number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow around 2000 pounds, sufficient tugging power for individual watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Although the numbers only tell a part of the story. Whereas the 155-hp, 2.0-liter CX-5 is a willing but weak companion, the 184-hp, 2.5-liter car is a little an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations that the base car would best wait for any wider opening. All the chassis goodness in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, along with the linear response and feedback through the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. This is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in along with the routine predictability of the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
However the braking components are far from exotic-single-pot calipers all around, 11.7-inch vented front rotors and 11.9-inch solid rotors in back-Mazda has tuned the setup well, and our CX-5 2.5 stopped from 70 mph in 166 feet.
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