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An antidote of such acceleration ills has arrived comprising Mazda’s higher, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that arrives regular inside the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter keeps on in the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is available just with a six-speed auto, can still become specified with 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 assured, 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 miles per gallon in mixed driving, but the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Around 40 percent with the mileage in your 2.5-liter test car was accrued 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 combined quantity of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow about 2000 pounds, sufficient tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
But 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 where 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 in the electrically assisted steering are arguably finest 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.
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.
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