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Living in the Slightly Speedier Lane
An antidote for such acceleration ills has arrived comprising Mazda’s higher, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that arrives standard on the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on inside the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is available simply with a six-speed auto, can still be specific using 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 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 make sure, but at the expense of several 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, nevertheless the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 % from the mileage in our 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving with the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint using the accelerator could yield results nearer to the authorized EPA mixed amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow around 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
But 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 that the base car would best hold out for any wider opening. All the chassis goodness through the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, plus the linear response and feedback in the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. This can be a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in with the routine predictability on the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
However the braking components are away from exotic-single-pot calipers all over, 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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