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An antidote of such acceleration ills has arrived comprising Mazda’s higher, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which arrives standard inside 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 obtainable just with a six-speed auto, can still be specified 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 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 certain, but at the price of a bunch of 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, although the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: About 40 percent in the mileage in 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 with the accelerator could yield results nearer to the certified EPA mixed amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow nearly 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for individual 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 bit of an instigator, cutting and running in traffic situations in which the base car would best hold out for a wider opening. All the chassis goodness through the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, as well as the linear response and feedback with the electrically assisted steering are arguably best 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.
Although the 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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