Life inside the Gently Speedier Lane
An antidote of these acceleration ills has arrived by way of Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which occurs common within the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter keeps on on the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is offered only with a six-speed auto, may still become specific having a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, the new 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 make sure, but at the expense 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, but the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Around 40 % on the mileage within our 2.5-liter test car was built up in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving through the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint in the accelerator could yield results closer to the official EPA mixed quantity of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow around 2000 pounds, sufficient tugging power for individual watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Although the numbers only tell an 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 where the base car would best hold out for the wider opening. All the chassis goodness in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, as well as the linear response and feedback from the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. It is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in together with the routine predictability of an Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even though braking components are away from exotic-single-pot calipers all 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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