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2014 Mazda CX-5 with 2.5-litre Skyactiv engine
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February 5, 2013

Back in October, we compared the relative merits of two new and very good small crossovers: the 2013 Ford Escape Vs. 2013 Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 we tested then had Mazda's 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine under its hood, and it managed to just edge out the EcoBoosted Ford despite being down by some 23 horsepower and 34 pound-feet of torque. Had it been available, the 2.5-litre Skyactiv engine that we recently had the opportunity to try out in the 2014 Mazda CX-5, it may have made that comparison even easier to call in the Japanese CUV's favor. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi in Pikeville, KY would like to invite all of our friends from all over the region from Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV and Charleston, WV to come down to Eastern Ky and visit us and we'll show you the newest in technology advances on the New Mazda's. Also for your best deal on a new or used car, truck, suv or van Walters Mazda Mitsubishi is the place to make that happen!





2014 Mazda CX-5 with 2.5-litre Skyactiv engine




2014 Mazda CX-5 with 2.5-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder. Front three-quarter view




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Back in October, we compared the relative merits of two new and very good small crossovers: the 2013 Ford Escape Vs. 2013 Mazda CX-5. The CX-5
we tested then had Mazda's 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine under its hood,
and it managed to just edge out the EcoBoosted Ford despite being down
by some 23 horsepower and 34 pound-feet of torque. Had it been
available, the 2.5-litre Skyactiv
engine that we recently had the opportunity to try out in the 2014
Mazda CX-5, it may have made that comparison even easier to call in the
Japanese CUV's favour.



Clearly, if you're in the market for a reasonably sized crossover, the
CX-5 should, at the very least, be on your test-drive list. The new
engine offering will let buyers opt for a stronger powerplant, with 184
hp and 185 lb-ft on tap. On our second day in Austin's Hill Country –
the first was spent quick-spinning the 2014 Mazda6, you'll recall – we covered a couple of hundred kilometres and put the new CX-5 through its paces; here's what we turned up.



Driving Notes


  • The extra half-litre of Skyactiv
    displacement, resulting in 29 more horsepower and 35 more pound-feet of
    torque than in the 2.0-litre model, is satisfying in this new CX-5.
    With the larger engine, the CX-5's 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time falls to
    about 7.2 seconds (Mazda's estimate) from just under 9 seconds in the
    2.0-litre version. Those numbers are borne out in real-world feel, too,
    where the new CX-5 absolutely feels quicker away from a stoplight and
    less strained when passing slower folks at highway speeds. The 2.5
    engine sounds a bit better, too – offering a mildly enthusiastic growl
    up around 5,000 rpm and onward.

  • Every other piece of the dynamic driving experience is more or less
    exactly the same with the 2.5-litre engine as it was with the smaller
    powerplant. Mazda only had CX-5s with the new engine on hand at our
    drive event in Austin, and it's possible that driving both versions,
    back-to-back, could reveal some mild handling differences. But with only
    a few months separating our last seat time in the 2.0-litre car from
    this drive, we feel safe saying that the more-potent CX-5 is every bit
    the nimble handler as its slightly lighter sibling.

  • With the added thrust and equal handling taken as read then, what
    exactly is the give/get situation relative to the smaller-engine CX-5?
    The larger-engined vehicle gains about 100 pounds (45 kg),
    trim-for-trim. The 2.0-litre is the only 2014 CX-5 that can be had with
    Mazda's very good six-speed manual transmission, meanwhile, though
    product planners hinted that we may be seeing a 2.5L/6MT combo later in
    the model year. (We know from the Mazda6 that the engine and manual
    transmission work nicely together.) Impressively, the 2.5L CX-5 still
    manages to deliver 9.5 L/100km (25 mpg) city, versus the 9 L/100km (26
    mpg) rating of the smaller 2.0L displacement engine, and the highway
    ratings stay exactly the same on both 7.4 L/100km (32 mpg). Towing
    capacity stays steady at a modest 2,000-pound (907 kg) maximum for all
    CX-5 models.

  • With such stellar comparative specifications versus its 2.0-litre
    brother, the determining factor for opting-in to a 2.5-litre CX-5 is
    essentially only cost. For 2014, Mazda is only offering the 2.0-litre
    engine in GX trim (read: base) models – both all-wheel-drive and
    front-wheel-drive flavors – while the 2.5-liter engine starts at the
    plusher GS trim in both driveline configurations. That means while a
    true apples-to-apples comparison isn't possible, you will have to pony
    up about $4,500 to get into the larger mill. A front-wheel-drive CX-5 GX
    2.0 6AT starts at $24,195, while the FWD CX-5 GS 2.5 6AT asks $28,650
    (all models have identical destination charges). For AWD models, the
    difference between the GX and GS is a $2,755 gap – MSRPs of $27,895 (GX)
    and $30,650 (GS), respectively.

  • Here's a little model-year 2014 trivia for future members of the CX-5
    enthusiast clubs: This year sees three new colors (Soul Red, Jet Black,
    Meteor Gray) replacing three old colors (Zeal Red, Black Mica,
    Metropolitan Gray). Last year's blue plastic engine cover has been
    replaced with a black plastic engine cover. Got all of that? We'll have a
    quiz next week.
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IRVINE, Calif. — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced the launch of a partnership with Paramount Pictures to develop a co-branded marketing campaign for the all-new 2014 Mazda6 sedan, which incorporates the company’s unique SKYACTIV®[1] TECHNOLOGY, and Paramount’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” film opening May 17, 2013.

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ImageMazda6 Wins 'Best Upper Medium' accolade At Fleet News Awards - March 22, 2013
LONDON – Marc 22, 2103: The all-new Mazda6 has been named by fleet motor industry experts as car of choice in the upper-medium category, fighting off tough competition from brands such as VW, Ford, Hyundai and Vauxhall. The award for ‘Best Upper Medium’ car was given to the all-new Mazda6 at the prestigious Fleet News Awards, held last night in London, with the new car praised for its ground-breaking SKYACTIV technology, its class-leading efficiency and its ‘exceptional’ drive experience. The all-new Mazda6 Tourer was also shortlisted in the ‘Best Estate category’ and Mazda CX-5 was highly commended in the ‘Best Crossover category’.

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Image2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD - March 21, 2013
After spending some time roaming the Hill Country of central Texas with Mazda's new Mazda6 and CX-5 with the 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine, I got a round with the redesigned CX-9 back in Michigan. The three-row Mazda crossover comes to court in the 2013 model year with the same 3.7-liter V6 engine that we've sampled before (still making 273 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque), though the nose that wraps it has been updated with the same "Kodo" design language that marks out the CX-5 and friends.

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ImageMazda 6 shares limelight with F1 at Australian Grand Prix - March 18, 2013
The Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge at the weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne resulted in a lot of smiles, a lot of fun and a lot of carnage.

With 21 celebrities battling it out in identical 129kW/420Nm Mazda 6 diesels in three five-lap races of the 5.3km Albert Park Formula One circuit over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Mazda 6 Celebrity Challenge was always going to be a feisty affair. And it didn’t disappoint.

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ImageMazda's awesome Hiroshima museum now navigable by Google Maps - March 15, 2013
Visiting an auto museum is one of the best ways we know to connect with car culture and to commune with the past and bone up on one's knowledge. Most of us have a decent museum within a few hours drive of where we live, but that doesn't mean it's easy to see the world's great collections – factors like cost, time and mobility can get in the way. Videos are great, but they don't allow us to browse at our own pace or choose what we'd like to focus on. The folks behind Google Maps have a solution – the virtual museum tour, as seen here at Mazda's fantastic museum in Hiroshima, Japan.

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ImageMazda RX-7 successor could be called RX-9 - March 14, 2013
Like the Toyota Supra and Honda NSX, the Mazda RX-7 was one of the greatest Japanese sports of the 1990s. And a new report from Autocar says Mazda hasn’t given up on the idea of a follow-up to the RX-7, last seen in 2002.

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ImageMazda's mission to improve - March 11, 2013
SkyActiv continues to evolve and refine the internal combustion engine - and it's a pretty smart idea

Mazda's plan to milk every last ounce of potential from the internal combustion engine rather than jumping, both feet, into the unknown of EVs and hybrids is proving to be quite a clever move. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi in Pikeville, KY would like to invite all of our friends from all over the region from Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV and Charleston, WV to come down to Eastern Ky and visit us and we'll show you the newest in technology advances on the New Mazda's. Also for your best deal on a new or used car, truck, suv or van Walters Mazda Mitsubishi is the place to make that happen!  Read More
ImageFiat and Mazda seal deal to build new roadsters - March 6, 2013
Fiat and Mazda have signed a final agreement to jointly produce convertible two-seater Alfa Romeo and Mazda sports cars. The Italian and Japanese carmakers said Friday that the roadsters will go into production at Mazda's plant in Hiroshima, Japan, in 2015. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi in Pikeville, KY would like to invite all of our
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Image2014 Mazda CX-5: First Drive - February 27, 2013
Nearly a year ago, we took a first drive of the Mazda CX-5 and pronounced it the best-handling crossover yet. In the year since, with several new entries in the compact class, the CX-5's halo holds—even if you expand upward to luxury makes and outward to bigger, brute-force performance utes. If steering and handling matter most, you'd have trouble doing any better in such a practical package. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi in Pikeville, KY would like to invite all of our
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Image2014 Mazda CX-5 with 2.5-litre Skyactiv engine - February 7, 2013
Absolute power may corrupt absolutely, but a little more of it never hurt. In fact, sometimes it can be a big help. Case in point: Mazda’s CX-5. Since its debut as a 2013 model, the CX-5 has impressed us with its styling, assembly, comfort, utility, fuel economy, and, in particular, its dynamics. We’ve characterized that aspect of this compact crossover’s persona as “compelling,” and it helped the utelet to a comparison test victory over five other small SUVs. But the Mazda has also provoked uniform indifference for its tepid power. As we observed in the initial report on our CX-5 long-term test subject, “no logbook comment fails to mention its slowness.” Walters Mazda Mitsubishi in Pikeville, KY would like to invite all of our friends from all over the region from Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV and Charleston, WV to come down to Eastern Ky and visit us and we'll show you the newest in technology advances on the New Mazda's. Also for your best deal on a new or used car, truck, suv or van Walters Mazda Mitsubishi is the place to make that happen!  Read More
Image 2014 Mazda6 - February 4, 2013
In an automotive landscape dominated by platform sharing, technology exchange and any number of other cross-fertilization/cost-saving/amortization exercises, it's actually pretty rare that we get to drive a new car that is as "all-new" as this, the 2014 Mazda6. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi in Pikeville, KY would like to invite all of our friends from all over the region from Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV and Charleston, WV to come down to Eastern Ky and visit us and we'll show you the newest in technology advances on the New Mazda's. Also for your best deal on a new or used car, truck, suv or van Walters Mazda Mitsubishi is the place to make that happen!  Read More
Mazda SkyActiv Diesel’s Trial By Fire - January 24, 2013
Mazda hopes ride a tankful of chicken guts, beef tallow and pork lard to victory at the grueling Rolex 24 endurance race in Daytona over the coming weekend. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi wants to wish the Mazda Racing Team good luck this coming weekend in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Race fans from all over, from Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV & Charleston, WV know when they are looking for the best deals on new or used cars, trucks, suvs and crossovers to come down to beautiful Eastern KY and visit Walters Mazda Mitsubishi!  Read More
ImageMazda, Fiat Finalize Deal to Produce Alfa-Romeo Roadster - January 18, 2013
As automotive partnerships go, a new relationship budding between Mazda and Fiat promises only exciting things, as both companies announced today that a deal has been finalized to produce a new Alfa-Romeo roadster based on the next generation Mazda MX-5. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi wants our customers to be informed about up coming vehicles. Also remember that we offer the largest selection of new and used cars, trucks, suvs and crossovers in Eastern KY. So why drive to Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV or Charleston, WV?  Read More
ImageTeen Driving Tip's - January 16, 2013
More and More Teens are taking to the roads and parents and teens could always use some tips for safety and peace of mind. When you are driving on the road's here in Eastern KY where you can have very curvy roads, major mountains and coal trucks its very important to stay focused. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi wants all of our teens to be safe and sound when they hit the roads. We also want the parents to know that we will offer the safest possible new and used cars, trucks, suvs and crossovers for their teens. So it don't matter if your from right here in Pikeville, KY or Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV and Charleston, WV when it comes to Teen Driving our goal is to put safety first.  Read More
Mazda’s Jay Amestoy Set to Retire – More or Less - December 26, 2012
In an industry where change often occurs overnight, Jay Amestoy has been a rock of stability for Mazda North America. But after 22 years – making him not only the Japanese maker’s longest-serving executive but also the longest-serving public relations chief in the industry – Amestoy is stepping down. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi would like to invite everyone from Eastern Ky to stop by when you are ready for your next new or used car, truck, suv or van. Best deals from Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV!  Read More
ImageMazda: Exceptional Functionality - December 4, 2012
Mazda is working toward making their vehicles stand out with handling, distinctive design and interior comfort. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi wants to make sure that you get the best deal on your next new or used car, truck, suv or van. So don't look at the bigger cities like Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV or Charleston, WV to find what your looking for. Come to Walters Mazda Mitsubishi in Pikeville, KY to get the best sale and also service after the sale.  Read More
2013 Mazdaspeed3 - November 20, 2012
Mazda has always been a world class leader when it comes to performance. With the new 2013 Mazdaspeed3 Turbo it once again shows the efforts put fourth into building a top quality auto. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi in Pikeville, KY always has great deals waiting on customers from Eastern Ky. Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV or Charleston, WV. So when you are ready for your next new or used car, truck, suv or van come to Pikeville, Ky and visit Walters Mazda Mitsubishi.  Read More
ImageThe SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY - November 7, 2012
New Technology is the thing with automobiles these days. Mazda is a industry leader when it comes to break through technology and design. Walters Mazda Mitsubishi in Pikeville, KY would like to invite all of our friends from all over the region from Ashland, KY, Huntington, WV and Charleston, WV to come down to Eastern Ky and visit us and we'll show you the newest in technology advances on the New Mazda's. Also for your best deal on a new or used car, truck, suv or van Walters Mazda Mitsubishi is the place to make that happen!  Read More