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Consumer Interest In Self-Driving Cars Increasing - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By George PetersonA driverless car from Mercedes-Benz is seen on display during the first Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Asia in Shanghai on May 26, 2015. STR/AFP/Getty ImagesAutomotive technology often moves faster than consumer acceptance.  Many features we take for granted today were greeted by skeptics when they were introduced.  It took time for people to accept air bags as standard.  The...
Mazda Celebrates Milestone For Mazda3 - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Mazda Motor Corporation, the Japanese automaker famous for the RX series of cars, as well as the MX-5 among many others, just announced a production milestone.We are writing about the cumulative production of five million Mazda3 units at the end of this month. If this does not sound like a big deal to you, we’ll have you know that the Mazda3 is the second model of this automaker to achieve this fe...
2017 CX-3: More Standard Equipment, Less Costly Options - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Starting at $19,960 excluding the $900 destination charge, the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is the same car as the 2016 model year. At a closer look, though, the crossover prides itself on subtle changes in content.Let’s cut straight to the chase. For 2017, the mid-range model in the Mazda CX-3 lineup levels up from 16- to 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. What’s more, the Mazda i-ActivSense Package of safety tec...
What You Should Know About the All-New 2016 Mazda CX-9 - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Mazda CX-9 Ups the Ante for Mid-size Sport UtesMazda is pushing the top-end trim of its flagship seven-passenger crossover to a premium level that rivals luxury brands at a more affordable price.Words and pictures by Clare Dear.Premium Level Rivals Luxury BrandsIt’s a well-worn adage in the car business that the key to success is product – build great cars and buyers will come. But it’s not necess...
Torque Vectoring by Changing Torque Output. Who Knew? - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Mazda's New Torque Vectoring Doesn't Use Braking or a Fancy DifferentialBy Chris Perkins  June 9, 2016Torque vectoring, where varying amounts of torque are sent to individual wheels to aid in more nimble cornering, is an increasingly common tech in today's performance cars. The new Acura NSX, Ford Focus RS, and Lexus RC F feature it prominently, and now Mazda will put it in its cars. Except, Mazda...
The Brand Icon That Sold A Million Almost Didn't Happen - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Peter Lyon June 10, 2016When Don Adams’ character Maxwell Smart from the 1960′s TV sitcom Get Smart missed something by a small margin, he would comically say, “Missed it by that much.” Mazda would no doubt have been thinking along similar lines in late April this year as they missed out on coordinating the launch of their latest MX-5 RF in New York with the one-millionth MX-5 manufactured in Hiro...
Parents Magazine Names 2016 Mazda3 Best Hatchback - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By John Goreham  This week the 2016 Mazda3 won an award for being cool and also an award for being a great family car.Do family car buyers have to buy frumpy, boring vehicles? Apparently not. This past week Parents Magazine named the 2016 Mazda3 its Best Hatchback choice. The magazine had good reason to select the Mazda3 as its top compact and we agree with the selection. What we find intriguing i...
5 Types of Car Maintenance You Can’t Afford to Skip - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By: Owen Brady One of my goals when it comes to these Auto Academy and Engines Exposed articles is to give the average vehicle owner an appreciation for the complexity of their vehicle. For the most part, we get in, throw on some tunes, and drive, far more concerned with our social media feeds than with the operation of our car. Cars are a mechanical ballet with a level of intricacy that would mak...
2017 Mazda CX-3 Review - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
FeaturesThe 2017 Mazda CX-3 comes in three trims, all equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-4 and 6-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is a $1,250 option across all trims, and Mazda carried over the same competitive pricing from last year that put it head-to-head with the Honda HR-V. The Mazda CX-3 starts at $20,860 after a mandatory $900 delivery fee is included.This year, Mazda is making standard 18-in...
Mazda CX-5 Offers Driving Fun and Plenty More - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Don Adair June 12, 2016Rare is the compact crossover buyer who prioritizes performance. It’s a price-sensitive segment, where comfort, safety and utility rate higher than the thrill of the drive.Nevertheless, I submit that Mazda’s CX-5 is the most fun-to-drive crossover not bearing a German nameplate.Lithe and maneuverable in city traffic, quiet and stable at speed and better than competent when t...
Mazda on the Road to Becoming a Premium Brand - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
New CX-9 Is Milestone In Mazda's Attempt To Become Premium BrandGeorge Peterson  May 23, 2016Mazda has always been a brand different from most. It built its image on rotary engines that were fun to drive, but tough to make. Challenges from emissions and fuel economy regulations doomed the rotary early in the 21st century. Production ceased in 2012 with the demise of the Mazda RX-8 sports car. Mazd...
Mazda3 Appeals to the Driving Enthusiast - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
This vehicle that does all of the workaday stuff stands out without sacrificing driving joy.By BRIAN EARLYFeb. 12, 2016With the amount of attention that Honda’s excellent, award-winning new Civic is receiving, it’s easy to forget that there are other, very competitive models available in this same compact to small mid-size sedan and hatchback segment.Among the five top-selling cars (Civic, Hyundai...
13 New Cars To Avoid For 2016 - near Nanaimo and Campbell River 2017-01-24
By: Jim GorzelanyToday’s new cars just aren’t what they used to be, and we mean that positively. That’s because it’s become increasingly difficult to find a truly and terrifically bad car, truck, or crossover sitting on a dealer’s showroom floor. Gone are the days of monumental mechanical calamities, finger-sized fit-and-finish gaps, uneven trim, and overall shoddy workmanship. While no vehicle is...
2016 Mazda CX-3 Nabs IIHS' Top Safety Award - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Unlike its European twin, which scored just four stars from Euro NCAP, the North American Mazda CX-3 has earned a Top Safety Pick Plus, during the latest crash test session by the IIHS. The compact crossover was subjected to a variety of rollover and collision tests, scoring a 'Good' rating in the five body-structure categories, including the small overlap crash test, which, in the real world, is ...
Mazda’s CX-9: A Crossover That’s a Treat for Parents - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
It’s said that parenthood is its own reward. But giving up the visceral thrill of a sports car for a family vehicle can seem like a penalty.For parents who need the flexibility of three-row crossovers to haul scout troops and high school jazz quartets, Mazda — the BMW for the rest of us — gives driving enthusiasts a gift with the second-generation CX-9. It won’t slay corners like a Miata, but thos...
4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Co-Signer - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Just because he is your friend, does that make him a good co-signer?Having a co-signer on your vehicle loan can be beneficial, but you both need to understand the financial situation before going through with the process. There is a common misconception that a co-signer simply takes all of the responsibility, and there is no problem for the owner of the loan. Additionally, misguided information le...
The Four Best Used Car Models Under $12,000 - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
When purchasing a car, you shouldn’t have to break the bank. Cars are often necessary, whether as a means of getting to and from work or picking the kids up from school. But this doesn’t mean you need to forfeit other aspects of your life just to keep up with expensive vehicle payments.In fact, there are many used cars you can purchase for under $12,000, which is a reasonable price when you have a...
The Financial Benefits of a Car With Cruise Control - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Cruise control is a common car feature many drivers love to use.According a 2011 GasBuddy.com poll, more than one-third of drivers reported they almost always use cruise control when it’s safe to do so. Another 27% said they use cruise control more than half of the time.Using cruise control has many positive features, including being able to rest your feet while maintaining a constant speed and no...
Your Car Spring and Summer Maintenance Checklist - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
By Jill McIntoshYour vehicle has gone through a lot all winter, and now that spring and summer are here, it’s time to show it some love. Warm weather maintenance will help your car look better, work better, and ultimately last longer, which in turn will save you money.Oil ChangeOil change intervals are longer than they’ve ever been, thanks to improved formulations, synthetic oils, and better engin...
10 Convertibles You Can Buy Right Now for Under $5,000 - near Nanaimo 2017-01-24
Make the most of Canada's all-too-brief summer without putting a huge dent in your bank accountBy Derek McNaughtonThe first day of summer has finally arrived, and what better way to honour the sun’s climax in our hemisphere than with a cruise in a convertible. Thankfully, there’s a veritable rainbow of cheap convertibles for sale — many for $5,000 or less.We’re not promising endless hours of caref...