Amazing 2015 Mazda CX5 SUV Review Complete spot
Living in the Slightly Speedier Street
An antidote of these acceleration ills is here comprising Mazda’s bigger, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, that occurs regular on the Touring and Grand Touring models in the 2014 model year. (The 2.0-liter goes on on the Sport trim and, unlike the 2.5, which is obtainable simply with a six-speed auto, can still become particular with a six-speed manual.) Although bigger by half a liter, a new 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 cost 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, although the 2014 2.5-liter test car returned only 21 mpg. Full disclosure: Approximately 40 percent from the mileage in our 2.5-liter test car was accrued in foot-to-the-floor, no-quarter-given driving in the backwoods of northern Michigan. More restraint on the accelerator could yield results nearer to the certified EPA combined quantity of 26 mpg. Both engines are rated to tow about 2000 pounds, enough tugging power for private watercraft and small cargo trailers.
Although the numbers only tell 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 in which the base car would best hold out for the wider opening. All the chassis goodness in the 2.0-liter CX-5 remains, along with the linear response and feedback in the electrically assisted steering are arguably best in class. It is a well-balanced, cogently damped package that follows through on turn-in along with the routine predictability of a Michael Bay summer blockbuster.
Even so the 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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