Mazda CX-5 Review

cx_5The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is fantastic 5 passenger compact sport utility vehicle packed with good looks, smart technologies, and plenty of zoom-zoom to keep your drive fun. Check one out at Premier Mazda today.

The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is arguably one of the best looking vehicles in this segment. Bold flowing body lines and sharp creases give this sporty crossover a healthy dash of style and character that tend to lack with other CUV offerings. The grill is aggressive and a welcome change from the “happy face” styling of the previous generation. From front bumper to taillights, this new CX-5 looks sharp and is sure to catch the attention of potential buyers.

The big story for the new Mazda CX-5 is a suite of technologies known as SKYACTIV. SKYACTIV is Mazda’s holistic approach to making a smarter and more fuel efficient vehicle. Everything from the drivetrain to the frame has been engineered to save weight and get the driver the most power and economy out of ever drop of precious fuel. While the last generation of Mazda 3 was the first to carry the SKYACTIV badge, the beloved little compact only sported the new engine. The new CX-5 is the company’s first fully realized SKYACTIV vehicle.

The Mazda CX-5 is powered by your choice of either a 2.0 liter or 2.5 liter aluminum block four cylinder engine, making 155 hp and 150 ft-lbs of torque, and 184 hp and 185 ft-lbs of torque respectively. Both engines feature dual overhead cams and direct injection, along with high compression ratios for improved power delivery and fuel economy. That power goes through 6 speed manual gearbox in the base 2.0 liter while buyers can opt for a 6 speed automatic transmission in either trim level. The automatic can be had with standard front-wheel drive or option all-wheel drive.

All the weight saving measures and smart engineering in the CX-5’s engine and transmission tuning yield impressive fuel economy numbers. Figures for the CX-5 when equipped with the 2.0 liter engine are 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway for the front-wheel drive model and 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway for the all-wheel drive model. The 2.5 liter engine yields 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway with the front-wheel drive model and 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway when fitted with all-wheel drive.

The CX-5 is also no slouch when it comes to safety. Rated as a Top Safety Pick by IIHS, it can be had with features such as a rear backup camera, auto-dimming rear view mirror and laser-guided cruise control.

The 2014 Mazda CX-5 is a 5 passenger CUV with sporty driving character and is a study in just how much life there is in the internal combustion engine. Pricing starts at $21,545. Test drive one today at Premier Mazda.

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