Life from the Barely Speedier Lane
An antidote for such acceleration ills is here in the form of Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which arrives regular inside the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter goes on within the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is offered simply with a six-speed auto, can still become specified having 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 certain, 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 thorough 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, nevertheless the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 % on 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 official EPA mixed quantity of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow up to 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Nevertheless 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 in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, and the linear response and feedback with the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. This can be a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in together with the routine predictability of an Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
However the braking components are away 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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