Old vs New: Is the 2018 Mazda CX-5 Faster than Its 2016 Ancestor? [Video]

We’ve all asked that question before: Old version or new version?

When a new model comes along, we naturally assume it’s going to be better in every way. Either its better to drive or its more comfortable, relaxing, and refined than the previous model. In the case of the 2018 Mazda CX-5, this latest generation is different in several respects than its forebear. The original version launched in 2012, and went on for the industry-standard four years, with some updates along the way. Its replacement came along for the 2017 model year, and 2018 adds cylinder deactivation across all models.

Apart from that, the new CX-5 sports new styling, a revised interior, and more all-around refinement than the outgoing model. The new car is also slightly more powerful than the first generation. However, thanks to the added refinement, it’s also heavier. So which is faster in a sprint to 60 – the old version, or the new? Watch the video above to find out!

In today’s video, we pitch the old CX-5 versus the new CX-5 in a sprint for glory on IMI Motorsports’ track. The 2018 Mazda CX-5 packs 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque from its 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated SkyActiv engine.  The old version, on the other hand, only has 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque. Both versions carry Mazda’s i-Activ all-wheel drive system and are the “Grand Touring” trim level. We already know the CX-5 couldn’t best the turbocharged Tiguan in a drag race. However, can another naturally aspirated competitor level the playing field for the 2018 Mazda CX-5?

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