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An antidote of these acceleration ills is here comprising Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that occurs standard inside the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter keeps on in the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is offered just with a six-speed auto, could become particular having a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, the recent 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 offers averaged a solid 28 mpg in mixed driving, although the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 % of the mileage in your 2.5-liter test car was gathered in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving with the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint in the accelerator could yield results nearer to the official EPA combined quantity of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow up to 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for private watercraft and small cargo trailers.
But the numbers only tell 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 bit of an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations where the base car would best wait for any wider opening. All the chassis goodness from the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, as well as the linear response and feedback from the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. This is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in with the routine predictability on the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even so 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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