2014 Mazda CX-5: Bigger Engine's Worth the Wait
March 6, 2013
I know a lot of readers were yelling at us last year to get a long-term Mazda CX-5, especially in light of having a Honda CR-V at the same time. Yet, I'm very glad we waited for the 2014 model that gets a 2.5-liter "Skyactiv" four-cylinder on the Touring and Grand Touring trims, replacing the 2.0-liter that's still found on the Sport.
The new engine adds 29 horsepower and 25 pound-feet of torque, and it absolutely makes a difference. The CX-5 has always been blessed with excellent steering and the feeling that you're driving something that doesn't make buying a family vehicle seem like a penalty. Yet, it was hard to ignore how wheezy and under gunned it felt. When a CR-V seems muscular, you have a problem.
The new engine obviously doesn't have the guts of the Escape's 2.0-liter EcoBoost or an Equinox's V6, but it's now competitive with the regular-old four-cylinder most people buy. If you're interested in a CX-5 Touring or Grand Touring, you too should wait.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 1,777 miles