A few moths ago, a group of specialists have tried to compare the 2013 Ford Escape and the 2013 Mazda CX-5. The Mazda CX-5 tested was actually powered by a 2.0-liter Skyactive-G engine. The model managed to edge out the Ford powered by an EcoBoost engine even if it was down by 23 horsepower and 34 lb. ft. of torque. The carmaker is offering a new engine option that provides even more power. The new model will receive 184 horsepower and 185 lb. ft. of torque. For the test, the specialists have covered a couple of hundred miles.
Apparently the extra half-liter of Skyactiv displacement that offers the 29 extra horsepower and the 35 lb. ft. of torque are perfect for the new CX-5. With the new output the model is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds in comparison to the 9.0 seconds the standard model gives. In terms of dynamics, the models equipped with the new engine offers almost the same thing as the 2.0-liter powered unit. The can be paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, but different sources suggested we might see a 2.5 liter paired to a 6 manual transmission combo a bit later in the model year.
When it comes to prices, a front-wheel drive CX-5 Sport powered by a 2.0-liter engine paired to a 6 manual transmission will start at $22.595. The FWD CX-5 Touring powered by a 2.5 liter 6MT will cost $24.615. For the all-wheel drive models, the difference between the Sport and Touring is of $2.020. These cost $23.845 and $25.865 respectively. For the 2014 model, the carmaker offers three new color finishes replacing the three old colors. To handle the extra power, he engineers have provided the Smart City Brake Support which is actually offered as standard with the Touring and Grand Touring tech package.
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