We apologize to you, dear reader, that the ninth update on our Four Seasons Mazda CX-5 is a bit late. You see, we were waiting for the car to return from its post-deer repairs so that we could inform you of, well, the damage. What can you expect the damage to be to your (and your insurance company's) wallet after hitting a deer? Depending on the severity of the collision, your costs may vary, but you'll no doubt be interested to know that our total was just shy of $10,000. Ouch.
The final receipt for repairs totaled $9891.59 -- $6120.15 in parts, an additional $3407.60 in labor, and $363.84 in sales tax. Unsurprisingly, the most expensive pieces to replace were the driver's airbag ($784.82) and the swiveling xenon headlights ($726.28 each).
Before our run-in with the deer, we took the CX-5 to the Chelsea Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Michigan, for some on-track testing. We weren't surprised by the results. The 0-to-60-mph run was done in a leisurely 9.6 seconds, 0 to 100 mph took 31.8 seconds, and the quarter-mile was covered in 17.3 seconds at a trap speed of just 80 mph. Editors have complained about the CX-5's hesitation to pass on the highway, and now we have the hard numbers to back up that observation: the 30-to-70-mph passing exercise took a lengthy 10.5 seconds. Top speed is 109 mph.
To put those numbers into perspective, our Four Seasons 2011 Kia Sportage - which produces 21 more horsepower from its larger 2.4-liter I-4 - managed the run to 60 mph 0.1 second slower than the CX-5, and the Kia took a tenth of a second longer to cover the quarter mile with a trap speed of 81 mph. Despite the extra power, the near-identical times could be a result of the Mazda's 108-pound weight advantage. It may never feel fast, but the CX-5 has never felt porky.
Still, the numbers officially confirm what nobody ever doubted: the CX-5 is slow. Otherwise, the Mazda conducted itself quite well around the Chelsea Proving Grounds. It is interesting to note that the CX-5's lateral grip is quite average despite our frequent praise for its handling abilities (0.84g and 0.81g in left/right cornering). The modest grip is likely due to the unexceptional Toyo A23 tires, whereas the impression of a planted, nimble crossover comes from the Mazda's excellent body control.
Speaking of tires, once the CX-5 returned to our care, we mounted a set of Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 snow tires mounted on Sport Edition SE-14 wheels. The total cost for our new winter wheels, including shipping from Tire Rack, the official wheel and tire sponsor of Automobile Magazine, was $1077.08. Here's hoping that we'll have a few more snowfalls before the Mazda departs so that we can see whether the Blizzaks degrade the crossover's handling prowess.