2014 Mazda CX-5: Best Four-Cylinder In Its Class
August 19, 2013
Drive a 2014 Mazda CX-5 like ours and you'll probably think that its 2.5-liter engine is nice and gets the job done. That's true, at least in the grand scheme of things. But if you really think about it, this mill (and its six-speed automatic) deserves more praise than that. I'd argue that this is the best engine in its class.
I say this based on two qualities: acceleration and fuel economy. In terms of acceleration, the AWD CX-5's 8.3-second 0-60 mph sprint makes it the quickest small, non-luxury crossover we've tested with a normally aspirated engine (as of this writing, of course). The CR-V, Equinox, Forester, RAV4, Rogue and Sorento? All slower. It's only until you look at turbocharged engines in the Escape or Tiguan that you'll find quicker times.
Meanwhile, the CX-5's 26 mpg combined fuel economy average (with AWD) is also at the top of its class.
Factor in the quick responses of the six-speed auto and you've got a powertrain that is worth singing praises about.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 15,573 miles