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An antidote of these acceleration ills has arrived by way of Mazda’s higher, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that arrives common within the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter goes on within the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is available only with a six-speed auto, may still become particular having a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, a new 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 sure, 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 thorough 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, however the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: About 40 % on the mileage within our 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 closer to the authorized EPA mixed amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow up to 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Although 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 bit of an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations where the base car would best hold out for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, plus the linear response and feedback with the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. It is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in along with the routine predictability of the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Although the braking components are away 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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