When Mazda launched last generation of their CX-5 in 2013th we were able to hear many positive reviews about it. We really liked the design, comfort, dynamics, utility and fuel economy but one of the segments needed improvements and with both 2014 and 2015 Mazda CX-5 things have changed.
Base engine stays same and we are again getting 2.0 liter inline four naturally aspirated gasoline engine that is capable of delivering 155 hp and 150 lb-f of torque. This unit is one of the representatives of the Skyactiv Technology and returns quite impressive fuel economy figures. According to EPA we will be getting 25/31 mpg when it is combined with all-wheel drive system and six speed automatic transmission. When we add into the equation that this is 3500 pounds heavy vehicle we can notice great fuel economy results.
Changes For 2015 Mazda CX-5
As we said, this engine was not enough to please many drivers that wanted slightly more power. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is done in about 9.2 seconds while the quarter mile run will end in 17.1 seconds at 81 mph. To improve this Mazda decided to bring slightly larger and more powerful engine, the 2.5 liter unit again in inline four cylinder setup. This unit offers 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque that certainly improves the performances with only a slightly lower fuel economy.
New engine allows acceleration from 0 to 60 to be done in 8.3 to 8.4 seconds which is about second faster than what we are getting from 2.0 liter equipped models. According to EPA it will return 25/32 mpg in front wheel drive setup and 24/30 with all-wheel drive system. We can notice that fuel consumption is only a notch higher but we are getting much sharper powertrain and better performances. Smaller unit can be opt with either six speed manual or automatic transmission while the larger is offered exclusively with six speed automatic.
Another thing that we need to include in the equation is the price of these two models. Base price for the 2.0 liter equipped models is set to about $ 21,500 while the more powerful version comes with a price tag that is slightly above $ 25,000. Top of the line model, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD version will set you back for almost $ 30,000. It is a good question if the slightly better performances and about second better acceleration are worth of paying almost $ 4,000 more for 2.5 liter models.
2015 Mazda CX-5 Review
Just like always more powerful engine is delivered as a standard for higher trim levels that also bring more equipment as a standard. Because of this, the price increase that we have for it might be quite justified. Features like blind spot monitor, premium audio system, leather shifter, leather wrapped steering wheel, backup camera, power driver’s seat, split folding rear seats, Bluetooth and similar. The Smart City Brake Support is active when the speed is lower than 19 mph and it uses laser tech to check the distance between you and car in front of you and if you are closing to fast it will react by braking automatically.
There is no doubt that the 2015 Mazda CX-5 is one of the best choices in this market segment. Tests and comparisons of this model and its main competitors were quite favorable for CX-5 since it managed to take top spot in almost all categories. Main competitors to this vehicle are Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and Honda CR-V. When a vehicle manages to take top spot in this heavy competition you can be sure it offers great features.