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An antidote for such acceleration ills has arrived comprising Mazda’s higher, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that arrives common in the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter keeps on within the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is available simply with a six-speed auto, could be specific 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 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 great 28 miles per gallon in mixed driving, although 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 built up in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving with the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint on the accelerator could yield results nearer to the authorized EPA mixed number of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow about 2000 pounds, sufficient tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Even so 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 little an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations when the base car would best wait for any wider opening. All the chassis goodness through the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, and the linear response and feedback with the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest in class. This is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in along with the routine predictability of an Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even though braking components are away from exotic-single-pot calipers throughout, 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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