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Mazda is Officially Considering a Rotary Range Extender for the Mazda MX-30

Mazda is Officially Considering a Rotary Range Extender for the Mazda MX-30

The MX-30 could be U.S. worthy if it has a good range extender.

Way back in early 2016, Mazda filed a patent for a new rotary engine; two years later, Mazda announced that it was, in fact, bringing back the rotary engine but not in the way you’d expect. Then, with the introduction of Mazda’s SkyActiv-X technology, we started to think that the Wankel rotary engine could be feasible once again. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, but the Rotary is actually coming back – it just won’t live up to the full performance potential it was once destined for.

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2021 Mazda MX-30

2021 Mazda MX-30

Mazda’s first electric offering is an urban commuter that comes with stuff that will make you go ‘wow’, as well as ‘damn!’

Mazda is the latest entrant in the EV segment. The company has finally launched its first electric crossover in the form of an urban crossover. Moniker’d the MX-30, Mazda revealed the product at its home turf at the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show. From the initial impressions, the MX-30 looks like a mixed bag. We’ll hold our verdict till Mazda releases all the details about the MX-30. The Tokyo Auto Show was lukewarm at best and it was the perfect time to launch the crossover with pomp and fare and garner all the attention. But, Mazda has still not revealed everything about it. Missed opportunity? I think yes.

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The 2020 Mazda MX-30 Electric Crossover Has Sporty Ambitions

The 2020 Mazda MX-30 Electric Crossover Has Sporty Ambitions

It also gets RX-8-inspired rear doors

Mazda’s first-ever electric car is finally here and unsurprisingly, the Japanese carmaker is insisting that the EV is still a car for the driver. What’s more, the MX-30 gets the freestyle doors last seen on the RX-8 sports car and it promises to cover around 200 kilometers (124 miles) on a single charge. Let’s find out more.

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Mazda's First EV Leaks Online, Will Be Called the MX-30

Mazda’s First EV Leaks Online, Will Be Called the MX-30

Will debut at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show with RX-8 rear doors

A photo of Mazda’s first all-electric vehicle leaked online ahead of its debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show on October 23. It’s called the MX-30, it’s a crossover, and it confirms its position between the CX-3 and CX-5 in the company’s lineup. It’s not yet clear whether this is a concept or a production model, but we will find out soon enough.

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Mazda's EV Will Be a Crossover Coupe….Yay

Mazda’s EV Will Be a Crossover Coupe….Yay

Well, it was only a matter of time, right?

Mazda has dropped a new teaser for its new EV that’s set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show next week and, surprise surprise; it’s a coupe crossover. This can easily be deciphered from the sloping roofline shown off during part of the teaser video is a dead giveaway that’s backed up by Mazda’s description of a “coupe-like cabin” that accompanied the last teaser that showed off said cabin.

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Long Live Mazda's Wankel Rotary Engine!!!

Long Live Mazda’s Wankel Rotary Engine!!!

The Wankel rotary is coming back, but not in the way you expect

It feels like Mazda has been dragging its feet when it comes to entering the electrification market, doesn’t it? I mean, as of now, the company is one of the few stragglers out there that doesn’t have a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle while the competition is already deep in the field, so to speak. All of that is about to change soon. Mazda is set to bring a new EV to the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and, to top things off, it’s being boasted as an all-new model that features an all-new platform and design. In other words, it won’t just be a redressed Mazda 3 or Mazda 5 as we see automakers like BMW and Mercedes are doing. But, rumor has it there’s even more icing for this cake – icing that tastes like the Wankel rotary engine of day’s past and, suddenly, we’re excited. Let me tell you more about it.

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The 2019 Mazda CX-30 is Cool and All, But Why Isn't it Called the CX-4?

The 2019 Mazda CX-30 is Cool and All, But Why Isn’t it Called the CX-4?

Seems like Mazda is using a weird naming strategy

Mazda just unveiled a brand new crossover at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It’s called the CX-30, it’s based on the latest Mazda3 hatchback, and it’s a really cool addition to the lineup. But why isn’t it called the CX-4? Because it would make a lot of sense.

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2019 Mazda CX-30 Broadens Mazda's Crossover range

2019 Mazda CX-30 Broadens Mazda’s Crossover range

New Mazda CX-30 fits in between CX-3 and CX-5

Mazda has finally revealed the model it had been teasing prior to its 2019 Geneva motor show debut - the all-new CX-30, a new small Mazda crossover that you didn’t know you wanted. Had it been called CX-4, its name would have caused less confusion, since it actually fits between the CX-3 and CX-5 in terms of size.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Mazda CX-3

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Mazda CX-3

Revised looks strike fear in the competition

Mazda updated the CX-3 for the 2019 model year just a couple of years after its initial debut. It wasn’t an update to bring a plethora of new design cues, though. It was more about addressing what Mazda didn’t do right the first time. As such, it got some new technology, like an electronic parking brake, a new armrest for rear passengers, more comfortable seats, and some revisions under the metal too. Sure, it doesn’t really look different, but it’s still worthy of some time well spent on your desktop if you’re a fan of Mazda’s little crossover. As such, we’ve hand-picked a few wallpapers and made them available just for you.

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2017 Mazda CX-9 – Driven

2017 Mazda CX-9 – Driven

When you want to ‘Zoom Zoom’ but have to haul the family

The Mazda CX-9 has been around for a decade now, having debuted for the 2007 model year. It established itself as a fun-to-drive three-row crossover with a chipper attitude. A facelift in 2010 and again in 2013 kept the first generation CX-9 looking fresh, but it wasn’t until the 2016 model year that things got serious. Mazda’s previous split from Ford meant it could develop its own platform and engines for the crossover, along with reinventing its design language. The result is a stunningly gorgeous vehicle that looks far more upscale than its price tag demands.

Things have remained unchanged for the 2017 model year and its design remains fresh. I was understandably excited to hear Mazda was sending me a 2017 CX-9 to sample for a week. The idea of a beautiful three-row crossover with AWD and an efficient yet turbocharged engine was an enticing one.

The concept of building a fun-to-drive crossover isn’t new, but it’s harder than you might imagine. The taller ground clearance makes for a top-heavy ride and the extra length and seats brings added weight that eats horsepower. Mazda as worked to quell these issues in the CX-9 by removing weight and developing a suspension that could handle well. In the AWD model, 287 pounds has been removed from the first-generation model and the suspension was retuned. The CX-9 uses MacPherson struts up front with a multi-link coil spring setup.

Powering the CX-9 is Mazda’s new 2.5-liter SkyActiv four-cylinder turbo. It might make 23 horsepower less that the previous V-6, but it generates an impressive 40 pound-feet more torque. Best of all, it’s far more efficient. So how does all this work in practice? Keep reading to find out.

Continue reading for the full driven review.

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2017 Mazda CX-4

2017 Mazda CX-4

The prettiest crossover Mazda has built so far

Remember the Mazda Koeru concept that made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show? The company described it as its "latest venture into the growing crossover SUV market" and confirmed there will be a production version of it before the show was over. Well, it turns out that the new model will hit the market sooner than expected.

Unlike other upcoming models that usually hit the streets as camouflaged prototypes, the crossover was first spotted in production-ready form somewhere in Asia. It happened in 2015 and in early 2016 Mazda confirmed it will be called the CX-4. Come 2016 and Mazda’s latest people hauler made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show.

Developed to "exceed existing categories and stereotypes," the CX-4 bridges the gap between the Mazda3 and CX-5. About the same size as the CX-5, the CX-4 is not only a bigger proposition to the car-based CX-3, but also a sportier, coupe-like one. Unfortunately, there is no word whether this new crossover will be sold globally or offered just in China, but the fact that it was launched at the Beijing Auto Show could mean that its main focus is the world’s largest automobile market.

But until we find out more about its role in Mazda’s global lineup, let’s have a closer look at what it has to offer.

Updated 04/25/2016: Mazda unveiled the CX_4 at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Mazda CX-4.

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2017 Mazda CX-9

2017 Mazda CX-9

Launched for the 2006 model year, the Mazda CX-9 has soldiered on relatively unchanged until now. The facelifts that Mazda rolled out in 2010 and 2013 brought only minor changes that included new front grilles, updated headlamps, and restyled bumpers. In 2008, Mazda ditched the 3.5-liter V-6 in favor of a 3.7-liter unit, but the larger engine, the only survivor of the brand’s partnership with Ford, has remained unchanged to this day. All told, the current CX-9 is long in the tooth and is long overdue for an overhaul. Fortunately, the much needed redesign has arrived at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show and will hit dealerships for the 2017 model year.

Previewed by the Mazda Koeru concept, the second-generation CX-9 received the company’s Kodo design language and a high-quality interior with premium materials. The engine under the SUV’s long hood is also new. Horsepower is down compared to the previous model, but the new SkyActiv unit pumps significantly more torque to the wheels and returns better fuel economy.

Mazda says that the new CX-9 represents a "capstone for the new generation of Mazda cars and crossovers and a high-end model indicating what is to come." We’ll find out whether that’s true or not in the second quarter of 2016, when the SUV is scheduled to hit dealerships. U.S. sales will commence this spring. In the meantime, be sure to check the review below for all the important details about the new CX-9.

Updated 03/17/2016: Mazda announced prices for the new CX-9 SUV which will be put on sale at dealerships nationwide in late-spring 2016. When compared to the previous model, the new CX-9 is $1,535 more expensive. Check out the "Prices" section to learn more about how much you’ll have to pay for the new SUV.

Continue reading for my speculative review of the 2016 Mazda CX-9.

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2016 Mazda CX3 Review

2016 Mazda CX3 Review

Mazda’s latest jack-of-all-trades

Building crossover vehicles comes much more naturally to Mazda than SUVs. The company got out of the compact-truck game long ago, and its first SUV was the Ford Escape-based Tribute. As car-based crossovers became more popular, Mazda applied its sporty-car expertise to the template and the results have been impressive. The CX-5 and CX-7 blend the fun-to-drive aspects of Mazda’s sedans with the all-weather confidence and utility of SUVs to great effect.

Scaling things down doesn’t hurt the formula at all. Compact crossovers are currently where it’s at, marketing-wise, so Mazda has taken things down a notch with the introduction of the CX-3 for 2016. As the name suggests, it fits into the lineup below the CX-5, and offers nimbler reflexes and a more affordable package that doesn’t feel cheap. Less weight and more compact dimensions are the quickest ways to improved handling, and the CX-3 delivers. It’s probably the closest to “fun to drive” that a crossover’s going to get this side of the Nissan Juke NISMO.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Mazda CX3.

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Mazda Koeru Could Make It To Production

Mazda Koeru Could Make It To Production

The Mazda Koeru Concept made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2015. At that time, many believed that the sporty crossover concept would serve as a preview for Mazda’s next generation crossover, with the likely candidates being the CX-5 or the CX-9. Turns out, neither scenario is going to happen as the Koeru Concept is actually a preview of a totally new model that will join Mazda’s lineup in the future.

Speaking with Automotive News, Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai described the Koeru Concept as a “lower, sporty SUV” that will be separate from any of the company’s line of CX-badged crossovers and SUVs. Kogai even threw out the possibility that the production version of the Koeru will look the part of a wagon, likening it to the Subaru Outback. It’s unclear if Kogai intentionally threw out the Outback’s name as a hint towards an impending competition between the two models, but the mere suggestion seems to indicate that the production version of the Koeru will be slotted in the same segment currently occupied by the Outback.

Right now, Mazda is in the process of collecting customer feedback regarding the Koeru to determine whether introducing a new model to its lineup would help the company’s sales volume. So there’s still no guarantee that a production version of the Korei will happen. What’s clear is that the Japanese automaker wants to be sure that the model will be successful, especially if it’s going to go up against the Subaru Outback. The latter, for its part, has a strong and loyal customer base and it would take something truly special for Mazda to get customers to choose a new model over something that’s already established.

That’s far easier said than done considering that Subaru has sold more Outback models in the US this year through November 2015 than Mazda has the CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9 combined in the same period.

Continue reading for the full story.

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The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

The 2015 Truck of Texas: Crowing the Winners

Every fall, dozens of journalists from all over Texas and around the country gather to compare, test, and crown the winner of the “Truck of Texas” competition. It’s a coveted award from the Texas Auto Writers Association that signifies Texas’ collective approval of a truck. And not only are trucks involved, awards go out for the SUV and CUV of Texas.

I already touched on the topic in the preview piece, but awards are also given to the winner in each vehicle category and for various things like “best connectivity” and “best powertrain.”

This year’s competition was fierce. There were 84 vehicles present from 21 automakers entered into 17 different categories. Evaluating the field were 69 TAWA members comprised of journalists and social media influencers.

So let’s get down to the results. Keep reading for the full breakdown.

Continue reading for the results of the 2015 TAWA Truck Rodeo

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2016 Mazda Koeru

2016 Mazda Koeru

In recent years, Mazda has redesigned nearly its entire lineup of vehicles, giving them a fresh look through the KODO design language, and a range of fuel-efficient SkyActiv engines. However, the CX-9 SUV has soldiered on virtually unchanged since 2006, remaining the only survivor of Mazda’s partnership with Ford. At the same time, the 2010 Mazda CX-7 was discontinued in 2012 due to poor sales. While the CX-9 is most certainly in for a refresh soon, the CX-7 could return in the lineup.

At least that’s what Mazda’s new concept, launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, suggests.

Dubbed Koeru, which is Japanese for "exceed" or "go beyond," the concept is described as the brand’s "latest venture into the growing crossover SUV market, where the company is again looking to surpass existing standards and raise the bar for performance, efficiency and overall value."

Though there’s no official word as to what production model this crossover previews, it looks a lot like a midsize SUV. Or the exact same type of vehicle Mazda didn’t offer since the CX-7 was phased out three years ago.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mazda Koeru.

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2016 Mazda CX-9 Prototype Spotted Testing in California: Video

2016 Mazda CX-9 Prototype Spotted Testing in California: Video

Mazda’s “sixth-generation” lineup has resulted in some fun new products, like the 2016 Mazda CX-5, third-gen Mazda3 and the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-3, and rounding out the revamped lineup will be the 2016 Mazda CX-9. A sharp-eyed car spotter recently caught the new three-row, mid-size crossover testing along the very roads I just recently got to drive the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata on.

The video only provides a brief look at Mazda’s family friendly crossover before the videographer was spotted and the Mazda driver pulled a U-turn. Despite the camouflage and camera shake, it’s easy to see that the CX-9 will get plenty of Kodo design cues, which was completely expected. The overall shape appears to be about the same as the current CX-9, but the front end looks much better than the bullet-nosed design found on the updated (2010-2015) model.

By the time the new CX-9 hits showrooms, it will be close to 10 years old. With the new 2016 Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander leading the way, the current crop of three-row CUVs is better-looking than ever, but if Mazda’s recent introductions are any indication, the 2016 CX-9 will be a great reason for customers to consider looking at Mazda.

Mazda has yet to say when the 2016 CX-9 will debut, but the L.A. Auto Show is just a couple months away.

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2016 Mazda CX-3 - Driven

2016 Mazda CX-3 - Driven

There’s no doubt that subcompact enthusiasts were severely disappointed when Mazda announced that it had no immediate plans of bringing the next-gen 2016 Mazda2 to the U.S. Fortunately, there’s another viable option for passionate small-car fans that doesn’t involve stepping foot into a Scion dealership (where the new 2015 Mazda 2 sedan is sold as the 2016 Scion iA). Meet the 2016 Mazda CX-3. Based on the same platform as the Mazda2, the CX-3 will target younger buyers with an active lifestyle, with its taller ride height, added interior space and optional all-wheel drive.

Mazda’s answer to the growing number of subcompact crossovers, the CX-3 will be competing in a red-hot segment that Mazda believes is “set to explode” in coming years with some of these new mini-utes already on sale. For Mazda, the new CX-3 adds to a solid lineup of CUVs that now includes the aged-yet-proven mid-size CX-9 and the model that can easily be credited with helping to spark the brand’s recent renaissance, the compact CX-5.

With the 2016 CX-3 not expected to go on sale until mid-August, vehicles like the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X and Honda HR-V have a significant head start, but I recently had the chance to sample the new CUV along the exciting roads of Southern California to see how much “zoom-zoom” Mazda can inject into a size- and value-driven segment.

Continue reading for the full review.

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Toyota & Mazda Developing Small Electric SUV

Toyota & Mazda Developing Small Electric SUV

It’s no mystery that Toyota and Mazda have agreed to join forces in a technological sense. Now, a new report claims that some of the details surrounding this deal have leaked out. According to the report, Toyota is helping Mazda create an EV crossover and Mazda is allowing Toyota to use its 1.5-liter, super-thrifty Skyactiv-D engine.

The main focus here is what Mazda is getting out of the deal, as it has revolutionized the art of milking every last mile from each gallon of fuel recently. This movement to electrification could be an indicator that Skyactiv technology is about as advanced as it can get without a little boost.

What’s more, building an electric SUV and other EVs will help Mazda with the ever-tightening emission laws and the Zero Emission Vehicle regulations that are due to hit California in 2018.

This electric SUV will reportedly use Toyota’s plug-in hybrid technology and fuel-cell technology to hit its goal. The latter of the two technologies will help put potential buyers’ minds at ease regarding the battery’s range, as refilling the hydrogen tanks is not much different than filling gas tanks in existing cars.

It is whether the U.S. will get this crossover or not, but chances are we will at some point.

On the Toyota side of the equation, a source claims that Toyota will use the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D engine in a small hybrid SUV. Thanks to the high fuel economy of the Skyactiv-D engine, this Prius-based SUV could travel up to 800 km (497 miles) on a tank of diesel fuel and a fully charged battery.

In addition to the hybrid SUV, look for Toyota to spread this thrifty diesel engine across its lineup, including the Lexus brand.

Continue reading for the full story.

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Spy Shots: Mazda CX-3 Caught Before L.A. Debut

Spy Shots: Mazda CX-3 Caught Before L.A. Debut

The LA Auto Show starts tomorrow, and Mazda will be bringing its new small crossover, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 to the show. But you don’t have to wait until then to get a glimpse of this new, small family hauler, as our spy photos have already done the work for you. The car is still wrapped fully in camo, but we at least have a better of idea of what the thing will look like, and its approximate shape and proportions. It was expected to be essentially a smaller version of the CX-5 and that appears to be the case, although the rear appears to be slightly more rounded.

Considering this is the first time we have snapped shots of this thing in the wild, it doesn’t seem likely that Mazda will reveal a production model of the car at this show, but rather a production focused “concept.” Expect the concept to be really close to production quality with just a few items like huge wheels, tiny rearview mirrors and maybe some futuristic headlamps to set it apart.

The new machine will be based on the new platform found under the Mazda2 and the CX-3 will compete against things like the Nissan Juke and Fiat 500X. When the new CX-3 gets unveiled this week, be sure to come back and get all the official photos and details. Until then, just take a look at these spy shots to whet your appetite for a new pocket crossover with a bit of zoom-zoom built in.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda CX-3.

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2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring w/ Tech Package - Driven

2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring w/ Tech Package - Driven

In 2011, Mazda eliminated the Escape-based Tribute, leaving it without a compact SUV to compete in this growing segment. Fortunately, it only took the brand one model year to come up with the Tribute’s replacement, as it released the CX-5 crossover in 2013. In its first model year, the CX-5 had the agility expected of a Mazda, but it lacked in the power department with its 2.0-liter engine that produced only 155 horsepower. The following year, Mazda added in the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine to round out the powertrain offerings, plus it added in the new range-topping Grand Touring trim. As we venture into the 2015 model year, the CX-5 carries over unchanged with the exception of a little feature shuffling through the various trims.

I recently got my hands on the 2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring and spent a week seeing what I thought of it. I am a Mazda guy, so I tend to have rather high expectations when testing them. Did the CX-5 blow me away as much as the Mazda3 did last year or were my expectations set too high?

Click past the jump to read my full review and find out.

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2013 Mazda CX-9

2013 Mazda CX-9

The revised CX-9 follows on company’s hot streak of stylish new models like the Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedan. New LED lights and a slinky Kodo grille revamp the face of Mazda’s largest and most expensive model.

The seven-seater CX-9 carries over its previous 3.7-liter V-6 in front or AWD configurations. Paired to the crossover’s singing engine is a premium Aisin six-speed automatic with sport and manual modes. A 60 mph sprint time in the mid 7 second range shows off the CX-9’s impressive chassis design – even without the SkyActiv banner that helps build buzz around the smaller CX-5.

Refined but sporty damping helps this full-size Mazda crossover to be quite competitive in the $35,000 large crossover segment, and the new gearstick design is a classy touch.

Mazda is firmly in touch with premium buyer needs by the looks of the interior, and the CX-9’s revised cabin maintains the stylish vertical accent bars up the sides of the center stack. Touchscreen technology and rear-seat movies are offered in the plush Mazda CX-9, but what are its key advantages over the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 Mazda CX-9, including the features and pricing by trim level and a large photo gallery of the new styling.

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