Life inside the Barely Speedier Lane
An antidote of such acceleration ills is here in the form of Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which occurs common on the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on within the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is obtainable simply with a six-speed auto, can still become specified with 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 certain, but at the expense of several mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic offers averaged a great 28 mpg in mixed driving, but the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Around 40 % with the mileage in your 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving in the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint on the accelerator could yield results closer to the official EPA combined amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow nearly 2000 pounds, adequate tugging power for private watercraft and small cargo trailers.
However 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 bit of an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations in which the base car would best hold out for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness through the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, and the linear response and feedback from the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. This can be a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in with the routine predictability of the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even so 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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