Needs All the Power It Can Get - 2014 Mazda CX-5 Long-Term Road Test

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

2014 Mazda CX-5: Needs All the Power It Can Get

July 15, 2013

2014 Mazda CX-5

A few months ago, James Riswick noted that we purposely held off on getting a 2014 Mazda CX-5 until the larger 2.5-liter engine was available. I'm glad we did as the CX-5 wouldn't be nearly as satisfying with the weaker 2.0-liter engine. As it is, our CX-5 offers solid all-around performance, but it's far from quick. Subtract another 30 horsepower and it would feel pathetically slow.

Of course, getting the bigger engine means more upfront cost. With the CX-5 it means stepping up to the Touring trim level which starts at around $24,000. After spending considerable time behind the wheel, I would consider that the base price.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 10,610 miles


  • cotak cotak Posts:

    No excrement sherlock.. we test drove the CX-5 in 2.0 trim and it was, on city streets, a whale on wheels. I suspect even with the 2.5 it would still feel rather slow. It's just too bad fuel economy and carbon foot print stuff gets in the way of a fun to drive car. Seriously, for me, I wish it's a cake and eat it too with new cars...

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Its also important to note that there is a very small difference between the 2.0L and 2.5L , which adds to the charm of the 2.5L. She's definitely a good power plant.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    *Excuse me. A very small difference in the mpg of the 2.0L and 2.5L.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Maybe it would feel a bit more peppy without the clown wheels.

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