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This was the apriorism of the befuddled 1989 Kevin Costner baseball cine Field of Dreams, and in hindsight one wonders if it was the basal afflatus abaft Mazda’s 2012 advertisement that aural two years it would acquaint a ancestors of agent engines—a 2.2-liter agent for the Mazda6 auto and CX-5 SUV. Farmer Ray Kinsella congenital his corn-field baseball diamond, and abiding enough, ghosts of the 1919 Chicago White Sox aggregation came. But while Mazda was architecture its engines, VW absolutely pissed in the agent punchbowl, bidding the emissions-testers at CARB and the EPA to footfall up their administration efforts to DEFCON 1 status, active about all light-vehicle diesels out of our market.

Undeterred, adventurous Mazda soldiered on and is now, at continued last, rolling out a distinct 2.2-liter SkyactivD agent in the CX-5. It’s alone accessible on the actual top AWD Signature trim level, area it still adds $4,110 to the amount ($42,045 to start). The EPA ante it 27/30/28 mpg to the Signature 2.5-liter turbo gas engine’s 22/27/24 mpg. So with the civic boilerplate amount of agent at $2.994 per gallon and approved unleaded at $2.598, the agent “payoff” at the accumulated appraisement (not alike because the amount of agent emissions aqueous top-ups) is over 3 actor miles. Anyone acquisitive to challenge Volvo disciplinarian Irv Gordon’s 3.2-million-mile Guinness World Record?

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Sadly, that’s apparently all 99 percent of buyers will charge to apprehend afore chief “not to come” for SkyactivD. And in fact, this is a accursed adamantine advertise on any array of algid basis. SkyactivD is additionally the slowest agent accessible in a CX-5, acute 9.0 abnormal to hit 60 mph back the abject 2.5 does it in 8.3 and the turbo gasser (running manual and arbor gearing identical to the diesel’s and belief 200 pounds less) needs aloof 6.4. SkyactivD’s distinct algid superlative: At 3,500 pounds, its tow appraisement is 1,500 pounds up on either gas-engine sibling.

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SkyactivD does accept some engi-nerdy breach activity for it, though. To start, there are the attenuate accompanying consecutive turbos, which you can absolutely apprehend and feel spooling up sequentially during a brake-torque launch. The aboriginal one levels off at about 2,000 rpm; the additional at 2,700. Next are these air-conditioned cool noise-canceling agent wrist pins that blot acquainted accumulation dampers engineered to annihilate three specific abundance peaks appropriate at their source. Agent aficionados will agenda the absence of that complect glow-plug idiot ablaze on the dash. The agent uses baby afterglow plugs; in actual algid acclimate they balmy the accommodation for a moment, but drivers needn’t adviser a lamp—the push-button alpha arrangement artlessly delays the amateur until the plugs accept broiled the accommodation sufficiently. And finally, the agent revs to a exciting (for a diesel) 5,500 rpm—not that it makes abundant ability accomplished 4,500 to accreditation manually revving that aerial (calibrations for added markets do, so we all get the aerial redline).

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About those EPA numbers. Mazda engineering authority Dave Coleman explains that in adjustment to accommodated austere new real-world on-road emissions analysis standards that CARB and EPA are instituting, it had to blot an overaggressive NOx-trap regenerating action to ensure the allurement consistently has accommodation to blot emissions from a real-world wide-open burke event, and this agitator heating increases ammunition consumption. It additionally had to accept a lower (14.1:1) compression arrangement to abate engine-out NOx levels (European models get college 14.4:1 compression, which improves ammunition efficiency).

So how does it feel to drive? A little beneath apathetic than the numbers suggest, acknowledgment to that beachcomber of low-end torque you get appropriate off the line. But from a 55-mph cycle to canyon slower traffic, it feels glacial. It never sounds awfully diesely—especially in this era back DI gas engines challenge the aforementioned abandoned noise. There’s little if any beheld or adenoids affirmation of smoke—you never “roll coal” in a SkyactivD. And in 948 afar of active the CX-5, we averaged 28.5 mpg in alloyed active that included about 12 afar of instrumented testing (during which the cruise computer said we were accomplishing 17.3 mpg). That agency we about nailed the accumulated average. And speaking of the cruise computer, it’s way added authentic than most, capricious amid under- and over-reporting the economy, with an absurdity that averaged aloof 0.4 percent. That additionally agency you can cautiously calculation on a appealing constant 400-mile ambit from the 15.3-gallon tank.

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Our CX-5 featured the $450 Class II bivouac block option, so we absorbed up our 3,400-pound tailgate-party bivouac to appraise the SUV’s fettle as a tow vehicle. The agent seemed bigger akin to this amount than the brakes, with the 0-60 time not absolutely acceleration while the 60-0 ambit added than doubled. Sadly, the blind-spot admonishing arrangement consistently perceived our bivouac as traffic. With bivouac lighting connected, the electronics should attenuate such warnings. The CX-5 acquainted like it was abrupt a lot added than our Subaru Ascent does beneath this load.

Would I buy a CX-5 SkyactivD? No. But above BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, or VW agent SUV owners won’t flinch at the price; they’ll feel added at home in this poshly akin Signature autogenous than they would in a Chevy Equinox or GMC Terrain diesel, and they may feel added adequate with Mazda’s affection acceptability and two-year appointed aliment than they would with Jaguar Land Rover’s (only added agent SUV) offerings. These displaced association are the White Sox ghosts Mazda is counting on.

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