2014 Mazda CX-5 Gets a Power Boost: 2012 LA Auto Show

Mazda revealed the next generation CX-5 at the 2012 LA Auto Show, giving the crossover more power and a new set of safety features.

Now available under the hood is a more powerful SkyActiv-G 2.5-liter four cylinder that puts out 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, representing a 19 percent increase in horsepower and a 23 percent boost in torque. Mazda is predicting that the new engine will achieve 25 mpg city and 32 mpg highway when equipped with front-wheel drive, and 24 mpg city, 30 mpg highway when equipped with all-wheel drive.

The bigger engine will only be available on the top two trim levels of the CX-5, and can be had only with an automatic transmission.

Along with the extra power, the CX-5 is also the recipient of Mazda’s new Smart City Brake Support system, which can automatically engage the CX-5′s brakes while reducing engine output in an effort to prevent a collision, or to minimize its severity.

SCBS also incorporates acceleration control for automatic transmission, which will not allow unintended acceleration when the throttle is accidentally depressed when the driver is looking for the brakes.