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Mazda CX-5 diesel gets EPA rating

Mazda CX-5 diesel gets EPA rating

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The Mazda CX-5 diesel has just been rated for gas mileage by the US EPA and it is looking good. Mazda said a while ago that they were bringing its Skyactiv-D diesel engine to North America even though we have yet to fall in love with the fuel. Despite our reticence, perhaps times may change our opinion.

The new EPA figures for the Mazda CX-5 diesel are 31 mpg highway, 28 mpg city and 29 mpg combined in FWD guise and 30/27/28 for the AWD version. Compare that to the gas engine which achieves 31/25 and over time there are savings to be made.

Mazda CX-5 diesel
We don’t yet know what engine will feature in the Mazda CX-5 diesel. European spec engines are a 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D four cylinder turbo unit that delivers 148 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque or a tuned version that delivers 173 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. We are hoping we get the latter version as those numbers will make it much more competitive against other crossovers.

The 2018 Mazda CX-5 uses the same platform as older versions but is slightly longer and lower. This improves handling and also kerb appeal. The design is already appealing with the familiar grille and badge up front and angled lighting arrangement. The rest of the design should be familiar to current owners as well as new fans.

Inside, materials quality and finishing has improved. The cabin is still spacious and easy to live with but now has the benefit of a new touchscreen, new trim and finishing and higher standards throughout. There is plenty of head and leg room inside for four adults or three kids in back and for shopping or cargo in the trunk area. Visibility is good all round and the experience is a good one whichever seat you sit in.

We expect the CX-5 diesel to have the option for i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive, MZD-Connect and all that good stuff. Expect lots of safety tech, a huge features and options list and competitive pricing for this new model. Exactly when it arrives is as yet unknown but we have gas engined Mazda CX-5 you can check out if you like.

Visit Mazda of Hamilton, 1977 Upper James Street Hamilton, ON L9B 1K8 to see the CX-5 up close.

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