Reader Question: Mazda Diesel?

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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.

We’ll see…

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  1. I wonder if there will be a delete kit available to remove the potato from the tailpipe?

    If they could build an exhaust system that let it breathe those numbers will surely improve.


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