Mazda CX-5 compact SUV comes with a twin-turbo 2.2-liter diesel motor.
The stylish diesel CX-5 has finally made it to U.S. shores. Beneath the hood of this SUV is a Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter engine equipped with two turbochargers nestled into a single housing. It’s estimated to produce 168 horsepower (125 kilowatts) and 290 pound-feet (393 Newton-meters) of torque, which slots the diesel beneath the standard-issue 2.5-liter four-cylinder by a few ponies. The torque rating, however, is nearly equal to the turbocharged 2.5-liter gas engine making 250 hp (186 kW).
Mazda lists fuel mileage for the diesel CX-5 at 27 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, with a combined rating of 28 mpg. That easily outperforms the turbocharged four-pot at all levels, while besting the base engine by 4 mpg in the city and matching it on the highway. For small SUV shoppers looking for a bit more fizz without added thirst, the diesel CX-5 could be a contender.
But… Mazda lists the diesel as only available in the range-topping CX-5 Signature AWD model, and it can get pricey. Equipped with the 250-hp turbocharged gas engine the Signature starts at $36,890, but opting for the diesel pushes the MSRP to $41,000.