Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Vincenzo asks: It looks like Mazda was brave enough to launch a new diesel CX-5; are you going to test drive this new amazing vehicle? Go strong. Go diesel!
My reply: Indeed! The SkyActiv-D diesel is now available in the United States as an option powerplant in the 2019 CX-5. I recently review the CX-5 (here) but the one they sent me was the gas-engined version. I have a request in for the diesel – and should be getting one this summer sometime.
I am glad to see Mazda finally get this engine to market. But I am also disappointed by the specifications of the 2.2 liter turbodiesel . . . vs. the specs of the 2.5 liter turbo gas engine.
The mileage advantage of the diesel is practically nil – 27 city/30 highway vs. 22 city, 27 highway for the 2.5 gas engine. And the gas engine makes more torque (310 ft.-lbs.vs. 290 for the diesel) as well as a lot more horsepower (290 vs. 161).
I’d like to cheerlead for this engine as such rather than just because it’s available.
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