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2017 Mazda CX-5: Redesigning a Segment Leader - near Comox 2017-01-24
Second-Gen CUV Doesn’t Stray FarThe Mazda CX-5 introduced the world to the Kodo design language in 2012. Not only was the CX-5 easy on the eyes, it was also a fun-to-drive breath of fresh air in a segment nearly devoid of excitement. A lot has changed in the compact crossover class since then, and the CX-5 is evolving to keep up with its competitors. The 2017 Mazda CX-5, which debuts at the 2016 L...
A Round of Changes for the 2017 Mazda3 - near Comox 2017-01-24
After three years on the market in its current form, it was time for Mazda to give its popular compact a few improvements.For 2017, the Mazda3 gets a slightly redesigned front fascia, although the changes are barely noticeable. We notice the edges of the grille’s chrome surround are now aligned directly with the headlight clusters, while the front bumper has also been revised. The look has been up...
2017 CX-3: Mazda’s Hot New Subcompact Crossover - Comox Valley 2017-01-24
The most lucrative segment in the automotive market these days is the affordable subcompact SUV/crossover.In 2014, Ford Philippines, the first to recognize the unmet demand for this type of vehicle, introduced the EcoSport, which was originally developed by Ford in Brazil.The EcoSport became Ford’s second-bestselling nameplate in the country after the Everest, prompting Chevrolet to launch the Tra...
Ask the Man Who Owns One: Mazda CX-5 - near Courtenay 2017-01-24
Crossover SUVs are appliances, the toasters of autodom, purchased and driven by pragmatic people making pragmatic choices. They’re as ubiquitous as they are routine, crawling through Piggly Wiggly parking lots and plugging along in middle-school pickup lines. Like refugees of a child-free lifestyle, most have fully surrendered themselves to domestic duty. Crossovers meet the need. They check the b...
2017 Mazda3 2.5L Review - near Comox 2017-01-24
By Dan Ilika The MX-5 Miata may be Mazda’s most iconic model — hell, it may be the most quintessential sports car of the last 30 years — but it’s certainly not the brand’s breadwinner.That title doesn’t even belong to one of Mazda’s trio of crossovers, despite their ever-increasing popularity, or the award-winning but slow-selling Mazda6 sedan. No, it’s the humble Mazda3 that bears the distinction...
Mazda CX-3 vs Jeep Renegade - Comox Valley 2017-01-24
Daily Driver Meets Rugged All-RounderBoth the Mazda CX-3 and the Jeep Renegade are two of the bestselling compact crossovers around and it is very easy to understand why. Both vehicles are stylish, affordable and great in their own respective ways.The Mazda CX-3, in particularly, achieved great sales figures thanks to the AWD drivetrain that comes with the vehicle. The CX-3 can be described as the...
2017 Mazda3: Converging Reality - near Courtenay 2017-01-24
By Mathieu St. PierreYears ago, car manufacturers distinguished themselves through specific specialities. I recall that Ford had good audio systems, Hondas were fuel economy champions, Toyotas were reliable, Pontiacs were sporty, Volvos were safe and Volkswagens could jump.Fast forward a few decades and few if any manufacturers still own outright specific or distinctive characteristics. Audi’s not...
The Big Test: 2016/2017 Small Crossovers - near Courtenay 2017-01-24
Changing Times: Goodbye, Sedans. These Crossovers Are the Future of Family TransportationBy Christian Seabaugh Words, William Walker PhotosThe dynamic of the family car landscape is shifting. For decades, sedans such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry were among their respective automakers’ top sellers. These four-doors were the vehicle of choice for taking little Joey to school, driving mommy t...
Mazda CX-9: 2017 Motor Trend SUV of the Year Finalist - near Courtenay 2017-01-24
A former SUV of the Year winner looks to reclaim the titleWe Like: The sporty steering, rev-blipping shifts, meaty torque, and neutral chassis.We Don’t Like: The weak AC; front-drive torque steer.Hopes were exceptionally high for our 2008 SUV of the Year’s redesign, which follows in the footsteps of several sibling comparo champs (CX-5, MX-5, Mazda6). Could the “Best Drivers’ Three-row CUV” grab t...
Mazda MX-5 Miata Speedster, Part Deux - near Comox 2017-01-24
This Time with Even Less WeightMazda says the annual SEMA show gives its designers the opportunity to “let their imaginations run wild.” That’s not exactly the case for the MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution concept for this year’s show, which is simply a new version of the same Speedster concept Mazda showed at SEMA last year. Even still, we’re okay with it, because the Speedster’s cool factor hasn’t...
Auto-Showdown: 2017 Honda CR-V VS. 2017 Mazda CX-5 - near Comox 2017-01-24
How two soon-to-be rivals stack upThe 2016 Los Angeles auto show has typically been filled with new electrified and luxury vehicles, but this year two family-oriented crossovers took top-billing: the new 2017 Honda CR-V made its auto show debut, and the rival 2017 Mazda CX-5 made its global debut.Although we won’t be able to rehash our recent compact CUV Big Test until some time next year (hopeful...
Mazda has created a new color, Soul Red Crystal - near Comox Valley 2017-01-24
The new color will debut on the all-new Mazda CX-5 that goes on sale in Japan from February next year.Mazda has developed a new body color, Soul Red Crystal, to symbolize its KODO — Soul of Motion design.The new color will debut on the all-new Mazda CX-5 that goes on sale in Japan from February next year, before being rolled out to new and existing models.In the belief that “color is an element of...
Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3 Comparison - near Powell River 2017-01-24
Two small SUVs with Big AmbitionsBy Denis DuquetSubcompact SUVs are continuing to grow in credibility and popularity. Initially greeted with much skepticism, they have become so popular that several carmakers have recently introduced new additions to the category in hopes of getting their piece of its increasingly lucrative pie. The segment now includes 10 models available in our market, two of wh...
Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature - near Courtenay 2017-01-24
By Byron HurdFor years, Mazda has enjoyed the reputation of producing practical cars that make the joy of driving accessible to enthusiasts on just about any budget.That's not to say the small Japanese automaker's formula has always been flawless. For a long time, Mazda's fuel economy ratings in particular were among the worst in its cars' respective segments, putting them at a significant disadva...
Battle Of The Crossovers: 2017 Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 - near Comox 2017-01-24
The arena is set. The 2017 Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5 will be pitted against each other in an epic battle of crossovers. Which will be victorious? By James YuCrossover vehicles are gaining popularity among car enthusiasts. Among the top options are the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. The question is, which will come out on top in the epic battle of crossovers between the 2017 Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5?T...
Mazda Rotary Engine Returning in 2019 - near Comox 2017-01-24
The Wankel rotary engine could return to a Mazda car as early as 2019, but it won’t be spinning its wheels.CarsGuide reports that Mazda’s head of research and development, Kiyoshi Fujiwara, has confirmed that the automaker will launch its first electric car in 2019, and said that it will likely use a small rotary engine as a range extending electricity generator for when the battery runs out of ch...
Mazda Becoming a Custom Brand Driven by New 2017 Mazda3 - near Comox 2017-01-24
Focus on customer experience with quality products By André MélançonMazda is really a different kind of automaker. This small Japanese make, which currently ranks 16th globally with just a 2% market share, has a history steeped in engineering, design, and even racing with a victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.From the rotary-powered Mazda Cosmos in the 1960s to the superb RX-7 in the early ‘80s and...
Mazda CX-9 Long-Term Review: Deep Dive Into Technology - Courtenay 2017-01-24
After three months in the CX-9, we’ve gotten to know the technology of this flagship Mazda very well, and it is time for us to weigh in on how well they’ve executed the various systems that help Mazda keep pace in the tech race.While every passing week proves that the CX-9 is a driver’s car through and through, some days, you just want your car to deliver you to the office with the least amount of...
Every Problem You've Ever Had With Miatas Solved - Comox Valley 2017-01-24
Our exclusive first track test in the slidey slidey goon Miata for crazy people, courtesy of Flyin' Miata.By Sam SmithThe car I tried wasn't finished.Not in the hot-rod-project sense, where nothing is ever finished because you're always futzing with details. It wasn't finished in the engineering sense, with the occasional weird habit. Almost all of them rooted in digital problems.The greatest hurd...
First Taste of 2017 Mazda CX-5 Japan-Spec - near Parksville 2017-01-24
It makes a great first impression. BY PETER LYONOriginally introduced for the 2013 model year, the CX-5 was the first Mazda to combine what are now the company’s two signature tag lines: Skyactiv technology and the Kodo design language. But we liked it more for its class-leading fun-to-drive dynamics. Riding the wave of the compact-crossover boom, the CX-5 has become one of the carmaker’s most pop...