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An antidote of these acceleration ills has arrived comprising Mazda’s higher, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that arrives standard within 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 offered just with a six-speed auto, could be specific having a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, a 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 make sure, but at the cost of a bunch of mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic has averaged a good 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, nevertheless the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Around 40 % of the mileage in your 2.5-liter test car was built up 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 certified EPA combined number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow up to 2000 pounds, adequate tugging power for private 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 where the base car would best wait for any wider opening. All the chassis goodness in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, and the linear response and feedback from 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 on the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Although the braking components are far from exotic-single-pot calipers all 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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