FROM LA Auto Show:
Meanwhile, the 2014 CX-5
will offer buyers a larger 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine in Touring and Grand Touring models, in addition to the current 2.0-liter four-cylinder offered across its entire range of trim levels. The new engine delivers 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque (up from 155 hp and 150 lb/ft for the 2.0-liter) and shuttles power to the ground via a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA expects to see 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway from front-wheel-drive models. Those numbers slip to 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway on all-wheel-drive models.
For 2014, the race-car high 13:1 compression ratio and uniquely crafted 4-2-1 exhaust system
remain but can now be paired with an all-new SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine for Touring
and Grand Touring models. Boasting nearly 19 percent more horsepower and 23 percent more
torque, the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L still maintains the fuel economy threshold set by the SKYACTIV-G
2.0L in its segment-leading MPG. Redline is achieved at 6,800 rpm in the 2.0-liter and at 6,500 rpm in the 2.5-liter engine.
The extra half-liter of Skyactiv displacement, resulting in 29 more horsepower and 35 more pound-feet of torque than in the 2.0-liter model, is satisfying in this new CX-5. With the larger engine, the CX-5's 0-60 time falls to about 7.2 seconds (Mazda's estimate) from just under 9 seconds in the 2.0-liter version. Those numbers are borne out in real-world feel, too, where the new CX-5 absolutely feels quicker away from a stoplight and less strained when passing slower folks at highway speeds. The 2.5 engine sounds a bit better, too – offering a mildly enthusiastic growl up around 5,000 rpm and onward.
All CX-5 Sport models will be equipped with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0L engine and offer an EPArated fuel economy of 26 city/35 highway/29 combined MPG when mated to the SKYACTIV-MT
six-speed manual transmission, or 26 city/32 highway/29 combined MPG when optioned with the
SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with Mazda's Active
Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive system (AT models only), fuel economy remains a highly-efficient
25 city/31 highway/28 combined MPG. At 35 MPG, CX-5 still holds the title of highest highway
MPG of any SUV in North America, hybrid or not.
Only available with an automatic transmission, Touring and Grand Touring models will receive
the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine. Touting 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at
3,250 rpm, the CX-5 becomes one of the more powerful non-turbocharged compact SUVs in its
class. The EPA-tested numbers reflect minimal sacrifice in efficiency with 25 city/32 highway
MPG for front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicles and 24 city/30 highway MPG for AWD vehicles.2012
Fuel tank capacity in FWD models is 14.8 gallons while AWD vehicles feature a slightly larger
15.3-gallon tank. This difference is to ensure that regardless of a consumer's choice of vehicle, the segment-leading driving range will remain similar across the model line at about 430 miles. Overpowering most of its competitors as well as outlasting them, the 2014 CX-5 truly knows how to move forward and go further.
But fuel efficiency and power can't be had with simple under-the-hood magic tricks. By crafting efficiency into not just a lighter engine and shorter shift strokes but also into every panel and every bolt, SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY showcases light weighting at its svelte best. With a starting weight of 3,194 lbs., a CX-5 Sport FWD with SKYACTIV-MT weighs less than some
compact cars, such as the MAZDASPEED3 (3,281 lbs.). When fully equipped, a Grand Touring
AWD model weighs in at 3,532 lbs. Even with a trim frame and smaller footprint, all CX-5 models offer a 2000-pound towing capacity.
For review: 2013 Mazda CX-5 First Drive – Review – Car and Driver
------For specs and price with options click under "Mazda CX-5 Research" just off to right middle at top of page.
(Pics of exterior & interior).
(good descriptive video & test drive)
(at the race track!?)
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