2014 Mazda CX-5: Needs All the Power It Can Get
July 15, 2013
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