Living inside the Gently Faster Lane
An antidote for such acceleration ills has arrived comprising of Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that comes common in the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter goes on in the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is obtainable simply with a six-speed auto, could become particular using a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, a 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 sure, but at the expense of some mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic offers averaged a good 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, nevertheless the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: About 40 percent from the mileage inside our 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving in the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint with the accelerator could yield results nearer to the official EPA mixed number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow about 2000 pounds, adequate tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Nevertheless 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 in which the base car would best hold out for the wider opening. All the chassis goodness through the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, plus the linear response and feedback through the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. This is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in together with the routine predictability on the 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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