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


2014 Mazda CX-5: Bigger Engine's Worth the Wait

March 6, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

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

Comments

  • actualsize actualsize Posts:

    Wait? The 2014 is available now. We have pricing on our site. The EPA windows sticker numbers are official. Waiting no longer required.

  • gloss gloss Posts:

    I was one of those clamoring for a long-termer, so I'm happy to see it here! We picked up a 2013 model and are pretty enamored with it even a year later, but I certainly wouldn't say no to the extra oomph. We've never felt dangerously underpowered or anything, but then again, we live near Washington DC and the traffic here is...pretty awful. Our average rate of speed probably isn't all that high.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    This is a really good compact SUV - plus it looks good. Along with the new 6, Mazda seems to have found its way out of the styling woods its been blundering around in for so long now.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    While I was at a karting competition this weekend one of the other drivers showed up in the brand new Mazda 6 he just got. It was a fairly well equipped touring trim and he got it for $23,000. Very compelling. Looked stunning.

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