2010 Mazda CX-9 Review – An SUV with plenty of room and a little zoom

Monday June 7th, 2010 at 3:66 PM
Posted by: gmchan_66

2010 Mazda CX-9
By Gary Chan

Pros

  • Driving position
  • Cavernous with all seats folded
  • Lots of features for price

Cons

  • Weak gas mileage
  • Choppy ride
  • Limited leg room for 2nd and 3rd row seats

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2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3 Review – The Mazdaspeed3 retains its king of the hot-hatch title

Thursday February 11th, 2010 at 12:22 PM
Posted by: gmchan_66

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3

by Gary Chan

Pros:

  • Fun! Fun! Fun! to drive
  • Rev-happy engine
  • Cockpit ergonomics

Cons:

  • Less rear leg room than flying economy-class
  • Ride comfort sacrificed for sportscar handling
  • Torque steer … whoa, hang on, Nelly!

The last MS3 that I drove was a 2008 model. It was a fun car that stuck to the road like glue. With a few updates and a completely new body, I put in my request for this new model months before it became available eager to see what had changed. Ride-wise it wasn’t too different from the previous version, but the updated interior and controls were welcome improvements.

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2010 Mazda CX-7 Review – the "Easy" Button of the Crossover World

Tuesday February 2nd, 2010 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: bclark

2010 Mazda CX-7
By Bill Clark

Pros:

  • Easy on the eyes
  • Easy to Operate
  • Easy on the wallet

Cons:

  • Forward A-pillar and large side view mirrors create nasty blindspots
  • Tire size/type cripples the handling
  • Useless coat hangers
  • Zoom-zoom completely undetectable

The 2010 Mazda CX-7 looks like a promising package – sharp design, great cargo capacity and it says “Always the Soul of a Sports Car” right there on the window sticker. Sounds like a recipe for success to me.

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New Cars On the Horizon for 2010

Friday January 15th, 2010 at 3:11 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

Lotus EvoraBy Greg Gaillard

If 2009 was a year of uncertainty, manufacturers’ products certainly didn’t show it. Buyers were able to choose from two new class-leading hybrids, a couple of new pony cars and several other creative designs that all pushed the boundaries of their respective segments. Despite the economic downturn with accompanied scrambling for solvency, the trend toward smarter, efficient cars took root and stood firm.

The list below includes exciting new products scheduled for production during calendar year 2010. From the buyer’s perspective many will be worth the wait as they represent new thinking and technology that are expected to carry manufacturers through the industry’s transition to Electric Vehicles (EV) as well as new form factors that suit today’s economy and lifestyle. If 2009′s LA Auto Show is any indication of what to expect in 2010, the trend toward efficiency and driver involvement will continue. And in some cases manufacturers are counting on strong sales to justify new partnerships and changes to old-school business practices. Even more than 2009, 2010 will focus on product first and provide consumers with several choices worth waiting for.

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2009 LA Auto Show Focuses on the Future of Small Cars

Wednesday December 16th, 2009 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

LA Auto Show logoLos Angeles’ Best in Show

By Greg Gaillard

Small, sporty and efficient are back. Overall, the American market continues to drift in the doldrums, but there are signs of life in segments that embrace these values. It’s no accident that during the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program many of the trades were from large SUVs to much smaller vehicles such as Toyota’s Corolla, Ford’s Focus and Honda’s Civic. People are ready for right size cars and the 2009 LA Auto Show proved that manufacturers are ready to respond with a brace of efficient and exciting choices. If the industry can market these new cars properly, we won’t need another government subsidy to keep people in small and efficient vehicles.

As a show, LA feels like a return to reality from the preceding, concept-heavy Tokyo spectacle. While there were certainly a fair number of concepts at LA, the big news was how manufacturers were positioning themselves to take advantage of trends in the US market. CarReview is happy to report that it’s all good. There will be plenty of green tech to go around and a fair dose of sport to go along with it. Below are some of the highlights:

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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First Impressions: 2010 Mazda MAZDA3 GT w/Techie Package Induces Big Smiles All Around

Tuesday September 29th, 2009 at 1:99 PM
Posted by: mash

2010 Mazda MAZDA3

By Mary Ellen Ash

Yays:

  • Value
  • Keyless remote entry and ignition
  • Lots of cupholders.
  • Sliding front seat arm rest for shrimp-lings like me
  • Bose Stereo System
  • Fold-down rear seats for excellent cargo space

Nays:

  • Bluetooth system finicky
  • Limited rear passenger leg-room

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Dodge Journey, Lincoln MKT, MAZDA3 Get Top Safety Marks

Monday September 14th, 2009 at 9:99 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Mazda3

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, also known as the IIHS has just given its highest safety rating to three new model rides: The Dodge Journey, Lincoln MKT and Mazda Mazda3. All three of the cars got top marks in the front, side and rear impact tests and all three featured standard stability control.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said in a statement that “Criteria to win are tough because the award is intended to drive continued safety improvements.”

Only the Dodge received the IIHS’ top marks in every single category whereas the Lincoln and Mazda received “Acceptable” ratings in other categories. The Insurance Institute said that the Lincoln and Mazda’s overall evaluations were robust enough to receive the “Top Safety Pick” award.

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Mazda Working on Small Roadster?

Wednesday July 8th, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Mazda2 Roadster

Good news for summer: Mazda is said to be working on a small roadster based on its home market Mazda2. Yes, they already make the Miata, one of the best sportscars ever made, but a new, small addition to the family could be fun as well.

The Mazda2 is one of those Japan-only supermini cars that are Honda Fit-sized, and designed to offer as much practicality in as small a space as possible. Recently, there’s been news that the Mazda2, which is sold in Japan as the Demio, will hit the Euro market, and there have been rumblings that it could make it over here to combat rising fuel economy and emission standards. If the rumors of a Mazda2-based roadster turn out to be correct, it would be smaller than the MX-5 / Miata, and if released in Europe, would compete against the likes of the forthcoming Renault Twingo CC, the Opel Tigra and the Peugeot 207 CC.

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Mazda To Add Hybrids To Lineup

Monday June 29th, 2009 at 7:66 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Mazda logo badge

It looks like Mazda, maker of fine sports cars, practical & stylish sedans and etc., will be getting into the hybrid game, despite earlier denials. At first, at the most recent New York Auto Show, Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi said the company would embrace hybrid technologies after a long time spent deriding the idea. Then, Mazda Executive Vice President Philip Spender put out new details on the company’s future hybrid plans. “We’ve started to talk a lot more about it lately, in part because everybody else is. Mazda is responding partly to new government incentives and emissions rules,” said Spender during the Japanese launch of the new Mazda3.

Unlike other companies, most notably Toyota with their industry standard Prius, Mazda will not make a stand-alone hybrid model. Rather, the Hiroshima-based company will offer gasoline-electric drivetrains as an option on existing models in its line-up. The first Mazda hybrids are expected to see the showroom floors by the “20-teens”.

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