If you’re in the market for a Ford Escape with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo engine, promise me you’ll at least glance at this crossover first. Why? The CX-5’s new 2.5-liter Skyactiv I-4 engine has, in my eyes, eroded the Escape’s only remaining advantage: speed.
My abiding memory of our 2013 CX-5 GT FWD — which was equipped with the 2.0-liter, 155-hp I-4 — was that it needed just a little bit more power to compete with the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape 1.6T. Then again, the CX-5 would leave either one for dead once you showed it some corners. Now, 2014 CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring models pack 29 more horsepower than before, with minimal adverse effect on its fuel economy. (The base Sport model still uses the 2.0-liter.) The CX-5 isn’t quick, even with the 19-percent improvement in power, but it is adequately powerful, and drivers will welcome extra grunt, especially when merging or lugging around lots of passengers and/or cargo.
As for the subject of driven wheels: Mazda’s all-wheel drive system works perfectly fine, but the added weight (157 pounds) is noticeable behind the wheel, and the CX-5’s chassis has enough poise and ground clearance that you could happily make do with just a set of good winter tires and front-wheel drive.
Ben Timmins, Associate Web Editor
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