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An antidote for such acceleration ills has arrived in the form of Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that occurs typical on the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on in the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is available only with a six-speed auto, can still be specific with a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, the latest 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 several mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic has averaged a great 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, nevertheless the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: About 40 percent of 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 in the accelerator could yield results nearer to the certified EPA combined quantity of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow up to 2000 pounds, adequate tugging power for private watercraft and small cargo trailers.
However 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 little an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations in which the base car would best hold out for the wider opening. All the chassis goodness with the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, plus the linear response and feedback from the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. This 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 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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