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, that comes regular on the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on in the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is offered just with a six-speed auto, could be specific using a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, the 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 few mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic has averaged a solid 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, but the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 % with the mileage within 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 on the accelerator could yield results closer to the certified EPA combined amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow nearly 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for private 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 where the base car would best hold out for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness through the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, as well as the linear response and feedback with the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. This is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in together with the routine predictability of the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Although the braking components are far from exotic-single-pot calipers throughout, 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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