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An antidote of these acceleration ills has arrived in the form of Mazda’s higher, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that arrives standard inside the Touring and Grand Touring models for the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter carries on inside the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, that is offered only with a six-speed auto, could become particular using 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 sure, but at the price of several mpg.
Our long-term 2013 CX-5 Touring AWD with the 2.0-liter and automatic has averaged a great 28 mpg in mixed driving, but the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 percent on the mileage inside our 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving from the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint on the accelerator could yield results nearer to the authorized EPA combined amount of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow around 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for personal watercraft and small cargo trailers.
However 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 a wider opening. All the chassis goodness in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, and the linear response and feedback through the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. This is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in with the routine predictability of an Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even though braking components are far from exotic-single-pot calipers all 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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