2014 Mazda CX-5: Wyoming Road Trip Part 2, High-Altitude Performance
August 6, 2013
It was well below this photo's 8,400-foot altitude that I began to notice a genuine reduction in the 2014 Mazda CX-5's power. No surprise, really. Without a turbo creating its own atmosphere such a power loss is expected. In fact, at this elevation, our 2.5-liter CX-5 felt a lot like last year's 2.0-liter CX-5 does at sea level.
I never got in over my head, but passes required plenty of advanced planning. A friend of mine who caravanned with us for part of the trip was driving a 2.0T-powered Audi Q5 and his rig had far better power for passing.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 13,000 miles