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An antidote of these acceleration ills has arrived by way of Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which occurs common on the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on on the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is obtainable simply with a six-speed auto, may still 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 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 sure, but at the expense of some mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic has averaged a solid 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, nevertheless the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: About 40 % on the mileage inside our 2.5-liter test car was gathered in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving from the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint using the accelerator could yield results nearer to the authorized EPA mixed quantity of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow nearly 2000 pounds, sufficient tugging power for private watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Even so 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 when the base car would best hold out for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness from the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, as well as the linear response and feedback through the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. It is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in together with the routine predictability of the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even though braking components are away 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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