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2016 Mazda CX-9 – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

2016 Mazda CX9A 7-seater that’s as Swift as it is Smooth

Why limit 7-passenger vehicles to just mini-vans? With the popular trend of inter-mixing modern design and performance, the CX-9 cross-over SUV extends its passenger limit to comfortably seat 7. A week’s long spin revealed that the Mazda CX-9′s got more than just good looks. Its spacious interior and peppy engine proved the CX-9 to be as convenient as it is engaging to drive.

2016 Mazda Mx5 – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Specs

2016 Mazda Miata MX5

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the Best Roadster Yet

The Mazda Miata has earned its prestigious trademark in defining what a sports roadster should really be. Tight, fast, nimble and fun seem to be the successful ingredient for the last 2 decades with its first generation debut going as far back as 1989.

2016 Mazda 3 – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Spec

2016 Mazda CX3

More Power, Less Gas

The Mazda 3 series  is all about more power and less gas. At least that’s the first thing Mazda advertises on their website. And having spent a week long with the Mazda 3, it more or less rings true minus a few quirks.  

2016 Mazda MX-5 – Test Drive, Specs, Review, Pricing


The All New Fourth Generation MX-5 Retains its Sex Drive

It’s incredibly easy to ruin a great design when handing over its drawings for an overhaul. Fortunately, the all new fourth generation Mazda Miata is not the case. Rather, its mechanical blueprint is refined, its cosmetic looks modernized and most importantly, the lust for that true bio-mechanical feel is retained.

2016 Mazda CX5 – Test Drive, Spec, Ratings

2016 Mazda CX5 (10)A Crossover Done Right

Over the past few years, the oversea Japan automaker, Mazda has made a strong foot print in offering affordable cars packed with quality, performance and features.  This statement especially rings true when speaking of the Mazda CX5.  Since its initial debut in 2012 (as a 2013 model), the Mazda CX5 has been positively received by both critics and consumers.

2015 Mazda 3 Sport – The Yin Yang of Fun and Functionality

2015+Mazda3The Mazda 3 Sport is the Ying Yang of Fun and Versatility

A sub $30,000 budget can offer quite an extensive palette of choices.  But not many can offer a near perfect balance of driving enjoyment and versatility.   And that’s exactly where the Mazda 3 Sport shines.

7 things the Mazda Skyactiv Chassis tells us about the next Miata

We take close look at the clues and attempt to unravel the mystery of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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2013 Mazda CX-9

If your family is in need of a vehicle with a third row of seats, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 may be just what you need. This vehicle comes with a sharper, sportier, and more aggressive look than previous. Our Experts consider it to be both a responsive and refined vehicle. One of the most popular highlighted features includes the fact that it has such a spacious tall-wagon interior. Based on an extensive list of cross over SUv’s we’ve test driven over the years, the Mazda CX-9 is definitely the better looking of the bunch.   The MSRP for this vehicle is estimated to be between $29,000 and $36,000. In terms of gas mileage, it is expected to get between 16-17 mpg in the city and 22-24 mpg on the highway.

Performance wise, there is not much that is expected to change between this model and previous models. It is still going to retain its 273 horsepower and its six-speed automatic transmission. This vehicle is also going to have a respectable number of safety features including the Forward Obstruction Warning System, High Beam Control System, and Lane Departure Warning System. There are high hopes that this vehicle will receive a higher safety rating than previous models.

In terms of purchase options, customers can choose to upgrade the stock audio to the 11-speaker BOSE  surround sound.  Other media infotainment features can also be upgraded including GPS navigation, voice command and a rear-view camera.

Interior wise, the 2013 Mazda CX-9 is expected to deliver the same package as previous models. This means that you will be able to fit five average size adults in the first two rows and three in the last row. Typically, most individuals opt for putting children in the back row because it is smaller and a little more difficult to get to and away from. The front driver seat also has a plethora of room which makes it a great vehicle for taller individuals who are looking for something comfortable to drive. The interior quality of the Mazda CX-9 does fall short from some of its competitors such as the Nissan Pathfinder, but it still stands strong with its high quality leather and materials used throughout the cabin space.

We were quite pleased with the performance and handling of the 2013 Mazda CX-9.  Just like its inherent breed, the zoom-zoom driving dynamics and acceleration pulls out a grin every time we punch the pedal.  The overall chassis feels stiff and performs well on cornering; however, due to its size and weight, we did experience a bit of body roll.   Having the ability to fit 7 passengers while retaining its acceleration and handling capabilities makes the Mazda CX-9 quite a unique blend of both function and performance.

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Dodge, Ford, Mazda, and Toyota nominated for Green Car award

The hybrid Toyota Prius c is just one of the fuel sippers nominated for Green Car of the Year.

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Each year, Green Car Journal names its Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. For the upcoming award, the field has narrowed down to five contenders, each using technology to achieve high fuel economy.

Here are this year’s nominees:

  • Dodge Dart Aero
  • Ford C-MAX
  • Ford Fusion
  • Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv
  • Toyota Prius c

The Aero version of the new Dodge Dart uses aerodynamic components, low rolling resistance tires, and a grille shutter to get 41 mpg highway from its turbocharged 1.4-liter engine. However, its combined city/highway fuel economy is only 32 mpg.

Ford gains two places among the nominees, one for its new Fusion and one for the C-Max, a model that will only be sold with a hybrid drivetrain in the U.S. The stylish new Fusion will give buyers a number of choices for drivetrains, from a hybrid system to Ford’s economical EcoBoost engine. The C-Max looks to be a serious competitor for the Toyo… [Read more]

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