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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 3 – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Spec

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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

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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.

2016 Mazda 6 GT – Test Drive

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A Lust for Style and Smooth Movement

It doesn’t take long to realize the more popular cross-over SUV’s have become a mainstream vehicle on the road in recent years.  And on the consumer’s perspective, it’d almost be silly to not opt for the trifecta of roominess, performance and styling modern cross-over SUV’s have to offer.  But this has, in no way, stopped Mazda from continuing its spirit and beliefs in its trademark Mazda 6 sedan.

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.

2014 Mazda CX-9 – First Drive

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The Mazda CX-9 – Maximal space; powered by performance.

In our short but sweet test drive, the Mazda Cx-9 proves itself to be more than just a high capacity people mover.  Sharing the bloodlines as some of the most recognizable sports car in automotive history namely the RX7/8 and Miata, the Mazda CX-9 aims to deliver a thrilling driving experience in a practical family car package.

2014 Mazda 3 First Test Drive

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Mazda 3 – Luxury qualities at an economical standpoint.

Over the recent years, technology has flooded the car industry.  And to no surprise, studies have shown that technology plays an influential role in the purchase decision factor.  But gadgetry is not the only selling point for the 2014 Mazda 3.  For a few years now, the SkyActiv powertrain has been well received for offering both fuel economy and excellent ride quality in the economy mid-size sedan class.

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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