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An antidote of such acceleration ills is here comprising Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which occurs typical inside the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter goes on inside the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is offered simply with a six-speed auto, may still become particular with a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, a new mill bumps output by 29 horsepower and 35 lb-ft of torque. So lucky, 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 assured, but at the cost of a bunch of mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic offers averaged a thorough 28 mpg in mixed driving, nevertheless the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 percent with the mileage in our 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving from the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint in the accelerator could yield results nearer to the official EPA combined amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow up to 2000 pounds, adequate tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
But the numbers only tell an element 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 that the base car would best wait for the wider opening. All the chassis goodness with the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, and the linear response and feedback in the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. This can be a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in along with the routine predictability of a Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
However the braking components are far from exotic-single-pot calipers 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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