The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Z_CNHI News Service

October 10, 2013

New Mazda CX-5 brings power boost to compact crossover

The same car company that delivered the spirited and turbocharged third-generation RX 7 sports car 20 years ago debuted an equally celebrated compact crossover with a welcome addition of power this year.

The Mazda CX-5 has a stable of new gear, including a smart braking system and a nearly 20 percent boost in horsepower. In its second production year, the CX-5 competes with the Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Honda CRV and Toyota RAV4.

You may have known its predecessor, the Mazda Tribute, a popular but less known crossover similar to the old Ford Escape body style.

Critics complained about the earlier CX-5 being underpowered with its 2.0-liter four-cylinder, so Mazda now offers a larger four cylinder on its two high end models, Touring and Grand Touring, while retaining the smaller engine on the base model.

Dubbed Skyactiv technology, the new engine strikes a healthy balance between power and fuel economy with 24 to 30 miles per gallon, city and highway, with 26 mpg overall on its Grand Touring.

Acceleration is brisk for a four cylinder and during a week of test driving the Grand Touring, I was impressed with its overall handling, steering and road manners.

Designed as a five passenger, the all-wheel-drive model hugged the road on slick pavement and showed little body roll in turning maneuvers. Seating is comfortable up front with 8-way power driver's seat, including lumbar support, tilt and telescoping steering wheel and leather-trimmed sport seats.

Rear seats have a unique 40/20/40 design. The seat bottom cushions actually drop closer to the floor when the lowering mechanism is engaged, resulting in a nearly flat surface. The seats can also be lowered from outside the lift gate area with side mounted levers for ease of loading.

By tweaking nearly every aspect of the combustion engine process from timing to exhaust, engineers were able to squeeze another 29 horsepower from the Skyactiv engine with just a small drop in fuel economy.

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