Life within the Gently Quicker Lane
An antidote for such acceleration ills has arrived comprising Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which occurs typical inside 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 offered just with a six-speed auto, may still be specified with 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 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 sure, 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 good 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, although the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Around 40 % with 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 closer to the authorized EPA combined number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow around 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
But 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 where the base car would best wait for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, along with the linear response and feedback in the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. This is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in together 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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