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February 25, 2013

Mazda CX-5 offers fuel-sipping fun

The American automotive industry seems to be in a golden age, but can it last?

Foreign manufacturers are building new factories here. Sales are rising nationwide. All of the Big Three companies are recording profits.

And best of all, the cars themselves are consistently better than they
have been in years. I can't think of a single junky car being sold
today, which is a big difference from 10 years ago. Even the cheapest
compact cars don't seem cheaply built these days.


At the same time, new fuel economy requirements going into effect could be a cause for worry in the car-loving crowd. Cars from the 1980s, the last time the global auto industry got so focused on saving fuel, were about as far from a "golden age" as you can get.

Puny engines and flimsy plastic trim, while great for gas mileage,
just don't make for fun driving. 

I'm breathing a sigh of relief, though, after spending a week behind the wheel of a 2014 vehicle for the first time — a Mazda CX-5 crossover — which was engineered to meet the tighter fuel standards for the future.

And, thank goodness, it didn't give me any flashbacks to 1987.

To be sure, the new CX-5 is designed around the Obama-era fuel
requirements. It's rated for 35 mpg on the highway with the 2.0-liter
base engine, which is astounding for a five-passenger crossover with a
big cargo hold in back.


Lightweight construction, carefully calibrated transmissions and new engine designs are all helping with that.

But even more impressive is what Mazda has managed to do with a new
2.5-liter engine that's available starting on these 2014 CX-5s. Paired
with a six-speed automatic transmission, the new engine makes 184
horsepower while getting a 32-mpg highway rating.

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