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An antidote of such acceleration ills has arrived by way of Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that occurs standard on the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on in the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is available only with a six-speed auto, can still become particular having a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, a 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 make sure, 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 % with the mileage in our 2.5-liter test car was built up in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving in the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint in the accelerator could yield results closer to the authorized EPA mixed number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow around 2000 pounds, adequate tugging power for private watercraft and small cargo trailers.
However 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 in which the base car would best wait for the wider opening. All the chassis goodness in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, along with the linear response and feedback from the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. This is 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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