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An antidote for such acceleration ills is here comprising Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that occurs standard within the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter goes on on the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is offered just with a six-speed auto, could become specific using a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, a latest 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 be assured, 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 solid 28 mpg in mixed driving, nevertheless the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 percent with the mileage inside our 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving through the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint on the accelerator could yield results nearer to the official EPA mixed amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow about 2000 pounds, sufficient tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Nevertheless 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 where the base car would best wait for any wider opening. All the chassis goodness with the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, and the linear response and feedback with the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest 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 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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