2014 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Long-Term Road Test


2014 Mazda CX-5 AWD: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 4, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5 AWD

We've only just had our 2014 Mazda CX-5 for a couple of weeks, so it's way too soon to start drawing any conclusions just yet.

Ours has the new 2.5-liter engine, which in AWD form is rated at 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. In case you're keeping score, that's 2 mpg better in the city and 1 mpg better combined than our 2012 Honda CR-V 4WD machine.

Part of the reason for the low score is the track test. Its effect will be a lesser drag on the lifetime average as the miles mile on. It's so cartoonishly low that we specifically exclude it from the "worst fill" tabulation.

No one has taken it out of town so far, but I plan to change that this weekend. It may not be a long-enough run to really test its highway chops, but don't worry. We have 12 months to figure it all out.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,041 miles

Worst Fill MPG: 20.8
Best Fill MPG: 25.0
Average Lifetime MPG: 21.3
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway/Combined): 24/30/26
Best Range: 292 miles
Current Odometer: 2,041 miles

Comments

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Why not just exclude the track test fill up altogether instead of waiting weeks/months for it to shake out?

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    Good point, but I need to leave it in for tracking purposes of miles driven and gallons purchased. And it's almost never an issue because even the first full month is enough to dilute the effects down to the 0.1 mpg level we report. The only reason I brought it up here is because this car hasn't even been here two weeks. I could have skipped the February report altogether because of that, but I didn't. By next month the effects of not excluding it outright will already be nil. But the "worst mpg" that would inevitably result from track testing would be permanent for the entire 12 months, and that's not fair to the car or to the readers.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    Gotta say, Soul Red is an enormous improvement over Velocity Red. What a great color.

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