Basically, the 2014 model is a chance for Mazda to expand the powertrain lineup, reaching out to buyers in new and unexpected areas. It also gives Mazda a chance to integrate several new technologies that didn't exist on past models. This should help turn Mazda's second best-selling vehicle even more attractive.
A new Skyactiv engine is going to be integrated into the CX5. It is a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that has been upgraded to be 2.5L, capable of producing 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. This engine is being integrated in the Touring and Grand Touring trims of the model.
Greater power does not cause the engine to be less fuel efficient. In fact, the 2014 CX5 has been rated for 25 mpg city fuel efficiency and 32 mpg highway for FWD models, with AWD models producing 24 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. This is a slight downgrade from the previous 2.0L engine, but only by one or two mpg at the most. The CX5 will also have a larger fuel tank, giving it an estimated 430 mile range.
Another update to the 2014 CX5 is a huge reduction in weight to help keep the vehicle's fuel efficiency competitive and worthwhile. Mazda claims they have cut around 14 pounds from the model, saying that it actually weighs less than their sporty Mazdaspeed 3.
Reduced weight also means increased aerodynamic pressure and easier control. The CX5 will no longer feel as laggy when you're rounding through tight turns. Just be careful whenever you drive any type of sporty vehicle such as the CX5; they may seem small and light. but their power can make them hard to handle.
Whether you're looking for a sporty car or a nice Sunday drive vehicle, the 2014 CX5 would be an excellent choice, and found at Biggers Mazda. Interested parties should contact them with any questions about these upcoming changes, and what else Mazda has in store.