Life in the Barely Faster Lane
An antidote of such acceleration ills is here by way of Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that occurs common on 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, which is obtainable simply with a six-speed auto, can still become specific having a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, the 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 certain, but at the price of a bunch of mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic offers averaged a solid 28 mpg in mixed driving, but the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Around 40 percent with the mileage in your 2.5-liter test car was gathered 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 certified EPA mixed amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow up to 2000 pounds, sufficient tugging power for individual watercraft and small cargo trailers.
However 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 little an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations where the base car would best hold out for any wider opening. All the chassis goodness through the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, and the linear response and feedback with the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. This can be a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in along with the routine predictability of the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even so the 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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