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2014 Mazda CX-5 - Playing safely

2014 Mazda CX-5 - Playing safely

''With the Mazda CX-5, Mazda has changed the way sport utility vehicles are perceived. If the CX-5 is as spacious and comfortable as its rivals, it also offers driving pleasure that is simply not found in other models of this category.''

With the Mazda CX-5, Mazda has changed the way sport utility vehicles are perceived. If the CX-5 is as spacious and comfortable as its rivals, it also offers driving pleasure that is simply not found in other models of this category.

The weapon of choice of the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is certainly the SKYACTIV technology, developed by Mazda a few years ago and more and more present on the models of the Japanese manufacturer. At the root, the SKYACTIV technology is quite simple to understand.

Actually, the goal of Mazda engineers was simply to ensure that all mechanical components of a given car functioned optimally to reduce energy waste and friction inside the engine. To do this, Mazda began by giving SkyActiv engines a very high compression rate, which ensures better fuel usage. In other words, gasoline burns optimally in the combustion chamber of the Mazda SKYACTIV engine, and performance and fuel economy are therefore greatly improved.

In addition, engineers have also reviewed Mazda CX-5's manual and automatic transmissions. Mazda's compact SUV is therefore one of the few in its class to offer the driver the possibility of shifting speeds. The manual transmission of the CX-5 is also more compact and lightweight, again to optimize performance. The automatic transmission, also with 6 speeds, combines the best characteristics of a continuously variable transmission with those of a dual-clutch gearbox. So, you get dynamic road behaviour without being hit hard on the consumption.
On the road, you do not notice that all this technology is at work. However, one can't miss the dynamic performances of Mazda CX-5, regardless of the engine found under the hood. Two engines are offered in the 2014 Mazda CX-5 catalog. The first engine, a four-cylinder 2.0-liter 155 horsepower propels the GX models.

It is possible to mate it with either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive system. With the manual transmission, in FWD, the average fuel consumption is 7.8 liters per 100 kilometers in the city and 5.7 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway. Still in FWD, with the automatic transmission, consumption is 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers in the city and 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway. If you opt for AWD, only available with the automatic, add 0.3 liters to these figures.

The other option is the four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that powers the GS and GT models. More powerful, it offers 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque to your right foot. Only available with automatic transmission, it has an average fuel consumption of 8.3 liters per 100 kilometers in the city and 6.2 liters per 100 kilometers on the highway. If you opt for AWD, fuel economy increases by less than one liter per 100 kilometers, which still remains quite reasonable.

Ultimately, the 2014 Mazda CX-5 is a sport utility vehicle that offers plenty for all tastes and all budgets. However, fuel economy, performance and driveability are characteristics that are waiting for you, no matter which version you choose. Come try it today at Performance Mazda!

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