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An antidote for these acceleration ills has arrived comprising of Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that occurs standard in the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on on the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is available only with a six-speed auto, could be specific using a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, a recent 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 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 thorough 28 mpg in mixed driving, however the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: About 40 % with the mileage in 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 certified EPA combined number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow around 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for private watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Although 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 in which the base car would best wait for any wider opening. All the chassis goodness with the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, plus the linear response and feedback with the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. It is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in with the routine predictability of the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even so the braking components are away from exotic-single-pot calipers all over, 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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