Life inside the Slightly Quicker Street
An antidote for such acceleration ills has arrived comprising Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which comes standard in the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on within the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is offered simply with a six-speed auto, could be specified with 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 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 thorough 28 mpg in mixed driving, nevertheless the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 percent on the mileage inside our 2.5-liter test car was built up in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving with the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint with the accelerator could yield results closer to the official EPA combined number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow nearly 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for personal 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 little an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations in which the base car would best wait for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, plus the linear response and feedback through the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. This can be a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in along with the routine predictability on the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even though braking components are far from exotic-single-pot calipers throughout, 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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