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Living inside the Barely Faster Lane
An antidote for these acceleration ills has arrived in the form of Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which arrives standard inside the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter goes on inside the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is available simply with a six-speed auto, could 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 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 assured, 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 solid 28 mpg in mixed driving, but the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 % in the mileage in your 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving through the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint with the accelerator could yield results nearer to the authorized EPA combined number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow nearly 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for individual watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Even so 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 when the base car would best wait for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness with the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, plus the linear response and feedback in the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. It is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in together with the routine predictability of a Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even though braking components are far from exotic-single-pot calipers 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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