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An antidote of such acceleration ills is here comprising of Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which comes regular inside the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter goes on in the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is obtainable just with a six-speed auto, may still be specified with 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 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 be assured, but at the cost of a bunch of mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic offers 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 on the accelerator could yield results nearer to the certified EPA mixed amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow nearly 2000 pounds, adequate tugging power for private 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 where the base car would best hold out 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 best in class. This can be a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in with the routine predictability of an Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
However the 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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