Life from the Slightly Quicker Lane
An antidote for these acceleration ills is here comprising Mazda’s larger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that occurs typical inside the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter keeps on in the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is obtainable simply with a six-speed auto, can still be particular with 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 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 assured, 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, however the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 % from the mileage in 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 in the accelerator could yield results closer to the certified EPA mixed amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow nearly 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for private watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Although 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 that the base car would best wait for any wider opening. All the chassis goodness in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, and the linear response and feedback from the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. It is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in with the routine predictability of a Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even so the braking components are away 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.
Trendy 2016 Mazda CX 5 Analysis Sports utility vehicle Comprehensive Latest