by Chris Chase – Rating – 3.8/5 As recently as 10 or 15 years ago, if you wanted an economy car kitted out to match an upscale sport sedan, you were out of luck. There were speedy compacts that could keep up with a sporty luxury car, but few of them offered the features or... Read More.
by Chris Chase In 2008, BMW created a new breed of crossover SUV with its X6, a low-slung vehicle that the company dubbed a “sports activity coupe.” Coupe is the operative word, referring to the X6’s lower roof, which lends the car a dramatic look at the expense of interior space. Other high-end brands followed... Read More.
by Chris Chase As a compact crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-5 is one of a number of such vehicles competing for buyers who want comfortable and practical transportation. What helps this Mazda utility stand out is a diesel-engine option the company added late in the 2019 model year. Dubbed SkyActiv-D, the engine came along about... Read More.
by Chris Chase Using one vehicle platform to underpin different models is not a new practice in the auto industry. It gives a car maker a common starting point for a variety of vehicles and reduces R&D costs. A single platform might be used by different brands owned by the same parent company. Sometimes, companies... Read More.
For 2019, Mazda has redesigned the Mazda3 into a fourth generation that it thinks will be desirable for a new reason: an available AWD system. The new option makes this car one of just a few compacts to offer all-wheel traction. Mazda hopes it can turn that distinction into more sales, especially to buyers who might be considering a small crossover or SUV.... Read More.
One of those techniques is designing its vehicles to look and feel more expensive than their competitors. Mazda took that approach in 2017 by giving its second-generation CX-5 compact SUV an upscale appearance. For 2019, the CX-5 moves further in that direction with a new Signature trim level and a 2.5L turbocharged engine.... Read More.
In the car’s earlier days, when it was better known as the Miata, the most potent version was a turbocharged Mazdaspeed version. Mazda offered this speedier car for just two years in the mid-2000s with a 178-hp engine.... Read More.