Life inside the Gently Faster Lane
An antidote for such acceleration ills has arrived by way of Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which occurs standard in the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on inside the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is obtainable just with a six-speed auto, may still become particular using a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, a recent 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 make sure, but at the cost of a bunch of mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic has averaged a good 28 mpg in mixed driving, but the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: About 40 % in the mileage inside our 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving with the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint using the accelerator could yield results nearer to the certified EPA combined number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow around 2000 pounds, adequate tugging power for private watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Nevertheless the numbers only tell 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 little an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations when the base car would best wait for the wider opening. All the chassis goodness with the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, as well as the linear response and feedback through 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.
Even though braking components are away from exotic-single-pot calipers all over, 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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