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An antidote of such acceleration ills is here by way of Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that occurs regular within the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter keeps on inside the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is available just with a six-speed auto, may still become particular having a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, the 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 certain, but at the price of a few mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic offers averaged a good 28 mpg in mixed driving, but the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Around 40 % from the mileage in your 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving from the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint with the accelerator could yield results nearer to the certified 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.
Although 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 little an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations where the base car would best wait for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness with the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, as well as the linear response and feedback in the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. It is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in along with the routine predictability on the Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
However the braking components are far 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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