Life inside the Slightly Quicker Street
An antidote for these acceleration ills has arrived comprising Mazda’s higher, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that comes typical on the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on within the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is offered only with a six-speed auto, may still be specific 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 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 expense of several mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic offers averaged a thorough 28 mpg in mixed driving, however the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 percent of the mileage inside our 2.5-liter test car was built up in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving from the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint with the accelerator could yield results nearer to the official EPA mixed quantity of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow around 2000 pounds, adequate tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
However 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 that the base car would best hold out for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness with 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 can be a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in with the routine predictability of the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even so the braking components are far 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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