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Life in the Slightly Speedier Lane
An antidote for such acceleration ills is here in the form of Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which arrives typical on the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on inside the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is available only with a six-speed auto, may still be specific 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 certain, but at the cost of a bunch of 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, however the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 percent 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 in the accelerator could yield results closer to the official EPA mixed number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow up to 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
But 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 that 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 from 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 an Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
However 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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