Last year, Mazda introduced the CX-30 subcompact crossover to fill a gap between its CX-3 and CX-5 SUV models, strengthening the company’s presence in a class where the CX-3 is a bit too small, being based on a tiny Mazda2 hatchback sold in other parts of the world. Despite its similar name, the CX-30 is... Read More.
by Chris Chase Mazda has officially been in business in Canada since 1968, but the Japanese company is much older than that, tracing its roots to its founding in Hiroshima in 1920. So this year the brand is celebrating its centennial with a series of special editions, including this one, the 2021 Mazda CX-5 100th... Read More.
by Chris Chase For a number of years now, Mazda has been making a measured move upmarket. I would argue it started with the original Mazda3 in 2004, a compact car that looked, felt and drove like something more sophisticated. Mazda made its intentions overt more recently when it added top-end Signature trim lines to... Read More.
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.
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.