Life within the Slightly Quicker Street
An antidote of such acceleration ills is here by way of Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that arrives regular in 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 obtainable just with a six-speed auto, can still become particular 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 sure, but at the expense of a few 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, although the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Around 40 % from the mileage in your 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving with the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint on 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.
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 bit of an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations in which the base car would best hold out for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness through the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, along with the linear response and feedback through 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 on the 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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