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This, combined with the CX-5's already lightweight construction, leads to better straight-line acceleration than our previous outing.
The EPA reckons the FWD model I tested will get 32 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city, averaging out to a combined 27 mpg.If I had a nickel for everytime I accidentally wrote or said MX-5 when evaluating this 2014 Mazda CX-5, I'd have... As small as that may seem, it does speak volumes about the automaker's mission statement and what "soul" can be found beneath its Kodo 'Soul of Motion' design language.Mazda wants us to believe that its city-friendly crossover shares its performance DNA with its sportier siblings; it wants the CX-5 to be fun..maybe I've just got to grace our crowded garage was a fun car.It stood out with bright Zeal Red Metallic paint and showcased its zippy, if underpowered, 2.0-liter Skyactiv G engine with a Sky Blue Metallic engine cover.The 2014 model we're looking at today may be slightly less flashy -- its Deep Crystal Blue paint is more likely to blend into traffic -- but it's also more powerful.I averaged about 25.5 mpg during my testing, lining up well enough with the EPA's numbers.
Surprisingly, that's only about 2 mpg less than what I averaged with the 2.0-liter engine, a slight efficiency hit that I'd gladly take to have 29 more horsepower and 35 more pound-feet of twist at hand.
It's no surprise that the CX-5's ride is controlled and firm.
The CX-5 is still a handsome little crossover with its athletic stance, approachable proportions, and puppy-dog face.
(Once you imagine the pentagonal grill as a big wet nose, you won't be able to un-see it.) Despite a shiny, chrome 'winged-M' emblem, the dull, plastic engine cover is anything but a showpiece.
But beneath it is the more powerful of the two engines available to the 2014 CX-5 in the States.
That's a 2.5-liter Skyactiv gasoline engine outputting a stated 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque.