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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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2019 Mazda CX-3

2019 Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s mini-SUV got a nice little update!

When Mazda introduced the CX-3 for the 2016 model year, it was received quite well on the market thanks to its striking design, attractive interior, and fairly powerful drivetrain. There were a few gripes to be had, though, and that’s why Mazda decided to usher in a mild update just three years into its lifecycle. These updates include new exterior lights, redesigned wheels, updated center console, a new electronic emergency brake, and even new armrests. Mazda even tweaked the CX-3’s SkyActiv engine to squeeze out just a little more power. We’re not sure if the CX-3 will get an official mid-cycle update in the next year or two as previously prescribed but if it doesn’t the update for 2019 should be enough to keep it standing tall until the next-gen model comes into play.

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Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October

Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October

Because weather, CES, and automaker influence

The Detroit Auto Show is on the cusp of a long-overdue decision that will effectively move the show out of the winter doldrums of January into a later month with a far more inviting climate. Nothing is official yet, but there’s growing momentum that America’s most esteemed auto show will be moved from January to October beginning in 2020. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association is scheduled to vote on uprooting the show from its winter roots and moving it to the fall.

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Mazda Enters the Modern Ages by Offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Mazda Enters the Modern Ages by Offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Long time coming, but better late than never

Unlike most automakers, Mazda is one of the few companies that have yet to offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. That’s about to change, though, because the Japanese car brand is finally relenting. Beginning with the 2018 Mazda 6 that will hit dealerships this summer, Mazda will finally offer either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. In the case of the 6, all trims except for the base Sport model will carry the apps as standard equipment.

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Three Years In, Mazda Trumps the Subcompact Segment with Small Improvements to the CX-3

Three Years In, Mazda Trumps the Subcompact Segment with Small Improvements to the CX-3

It’s not much to write home about, but the updates address the gripes we did have.

With strong competition in a cut-throat market comes a need to remain relevant even if it means taking the effort to make excessively minor improvements. And, that’s exactly what Mazda did with the three-year-old CX-3. Mazda started by doing some minor rework to the 2.0-liter SkyActiv powerplant, marginally improving the horsepower and torque. It then followed up by adding some fresh trim accents outside to go with new LED taillights and a new set of 18-inch wheels. Playing the same trump card inside, Mazda has added new materials, revised the seats, and even changed the center console.

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Mazda Aims to Create Lithium-Ion Starter Batteries in the Name of Efficiency, but Are You Willing to Pay the Cost?

Mazda Aims to Create Lithium-Ion Starter Batteries in the Name of Efficiency, but Are You Willing to Pay the Cost?

It’s a trade-off Mazda needs to consider

Mazda is diving deep into the pool of lithium-ion batteries with the intent to develop 12-Volt lithium-ion batteries to serve as replacements for lead-acid starter batteries in cars beginning in 2021. The Japanese automaker is teaming up with ELIIY Power Co., Ltd. and Ube Industries, Ltd to develop the technology that can be used in creating a new battery solution that has the potential to make its models lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient.

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Potential Images of the Mazda3's Digital Gauge Cluster Have Leaked and they Put Audi's Digital Cockpit to Shame

Potential Images of the Mazda3’s Digital Gauge Cluster Have Leaked and they Put Audi’s Digital Cockpit to Shame

Well done, Mazda!

The 2019 Mazda3 has been on quite the press run in the last few months. The latest buzz we’re getting involves the model’s cockpit, specifically the three-color, all-digital gauge cluster that looks to be a massive improvement from its previous iteration. Spy photos of the digital cluster were put up on a Chinese website, and they show two different configurations, each different from the other. The big takeaway here is how Mazda managed to evolve a design that already looked clean and mature in its current version. It’s unclear which cluster we’ll end up seeing, but each version looks promising.

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2018 Mazda6 Prices announced

2018 Mazda6 Prices announced

Going high-class without breaking the bank

We’re big fans of the Mazda6 here at TopSpeed, even awarding the new wagon Tourer model a spot on our Best In Show list for the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Now, Mazda just released full pricing info on the latest 6 sedan headed to these shores, and we’ve got all the vital info right here.

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2018 Mazda6 Tourer

2018 Mazda6 Tourer

The more practical version of the Zoom-Zoom brand’s refreshed flagship

Mazda introduced the 6 nameplate in 2002 as a replacement for the highly successful Mazda 626. Offered as a near-premium mid-size four-door model, the 6 is now considered Mazda’s flagship model. Three generations have arrived since the 6 first hit the scene, the latest of which showed in 2012. Back in November, Mazda brought out a refreshed iteration at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS), dropping cover on a tweaked exterior style, a newly updated interior, fresh technology and equipment, and even a new turbocharged engine package. Suffice to say, we thought the whole thing looked great, so much so that we gave it a spot on our Best In Show list for the 2017 LAAS. Given the extensive updates seen for the 2018 model year, you could consider this latest iteration as the 3.5-gen vehicle. Now, the 6’s more practical Tourer wagon body style looks set to receive the same good stuff when it arrives in Switzerland with a debut at the 88th Annual Geneva International Motor Show.

All told, the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer should look and feel more premium than before, just like the latest sedan version that appeared in Southern California. Full details are still forthcoming, but for now, read on for the lowdown on what we know, plus a splash of speculation along the way.

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The Mazda6 Wagon Puts the New Mercedes C-Class Estate to Shame

The Mazda6 Wagon Puts the New Mercedes C-Class Estate to Shame

Call me crazy, but it simply looks better

We knew the Mazda6 Wagon was coming, and recently we found out that it would for sure show up at the Geneva Motor Show, but we didn’t expect our first thought to be that it puts Mercedes to shame. After all, the Mazda6 isn’t exactly in the same class with pricing starting around $10,000 less than it’s Mercedes counterpart. Yet, here it is, all new and fresh, looking like a million bucks. Mazda has yet to release many details, so European specs are still a mystery, but just by the look of the exterior, it’s pretty safe to say that it’ll be a real winner inside and under the hood.

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Mazda Confirms the Rotary Engine's Return but it Doesn't Mean What you Think

Mazda Confirms the Rotary Engine’s Return but it Doesn’t Mean What you Think

The world has been begging Mazda to bring back the Wankel Rotary engine since they killed it off along with the RX-8 back in 2012. And, it’s finally happening, but not in the way we wanted. Instead of being the misunderstood performance beast that it once was, it will be reduced to nothing more than a range-extender for Mazda’s all-electric car that’s due sometime next year.

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Ouch: Mazda Doesn't Benchmark Against BMW Anymore Because the Toyota Camry Handles Better

Ouch: Mazda Doesn’t Benchmark Against BMW Anymore Because the Toyota Camry Handles Better

Snow has fallen in the summertime!

A Mazda engineer has admitted that the Japanese automaker used BMWs as benchmarks in the development of its models. That’s no longer the case, though, because Mazda has turned to another model to use for benchmarking purpose. That model is the Toyota Camry, a car that has had its own history of ignominious handling capabilities. But the script has recently flipped. In Mazda’s mind, BMWs are no longer the “Ultimate Driving Machines” that they used to be.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The little two-seater that could

It might be small, but it’s sporty and quick too!

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New Mazda6 Tourer Heading To The Geneva Auto Show!

New Mazda6 Tourer Heading To The Geneva Auto Show!

A slew of updates for the sleek Japanese five-door

Mazda just introduced the refreshed Mazda6 sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, and with its unveiling, the brand also dropped a long list of updates and upgrades. Long story short, we like what we see. In fact, we like it so much, we decided to give it a spot on our Best In Show list. Now, Mazda is giving us a look at the refreshed wagon Tourer model, which is headed to this year’s Geneva Motor Show sporting several of the sedan’s various updates.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Gets an Update For The 2018MY

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Gets an Update For The 2018MY

New packages and standard equipment highlight the changes on the latest Miata RF

Two years after unveiling the Mazda MX-5 RF at the 2016 New York Auto Show, Mazda is giving the raunchy sports car a new update ahead of its 2018MY release. The updates are subtle, but with a car like the MX-5 RF, even the smallest of changes can go a long way in giving the sports car a fresh perspective in the eyes of prospective customers.

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Mazda Thinks its Skyactiv-3 Engines Will Rival EVs on the Economy Front

Mazda Thinks its Skyactiv-3 Engines Will Rival EVs on the Economy Front

The next engine milestone after Skyactiv-X

Mazda is diligently working to save the internal combustion engine from a slow death brought on by electric vehicles. The independent Japanese automaker has been perfecting the ICE for decades with its Skyactiv line, including the Skyactiv-G and new Skyactiv-X. The latter is particularly interesting as it combines the strong points of both a gasoline- and diesel-powered engine without either of their weak points. Skyactiv-X is set to arrive in showrooms sometime in the next year. Nevertheless, the automaker isn’t resting on its laurels.

Mazda is already looking at the next project – Skyactiv-3. It’s a new gasoline engine designed to increase thermal efficiency by roughly 27 percent, making the engine 57 percent thermally efficient. That’s far better than even the most effacement engines out there. By comparison, Toyota’s new 2.5-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder is said to have a thermal efficiency of 40 percent. Mazda says the Skyactive-3’s efficiency means it will achieve well-to-wheel emissions similar to an EV.

What’s well-to-wheel emissions? It’s the overall CO2 emissions emitted from the time oil leaves the well to the time it propels a vehicle. This includes the mining and processing of crude oil.

There is still much work to be done on the Skyactiv-3 powertrain, of course. Mazda is just now launching its gasoline compression-ignition engine, Skyactiv-X, to market, so it will be at least several years before the third-generation of Skyactiv engines are ready for the road.

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2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring- Driven

2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring- Driven

A premium feel to an affordable 5-Door

Mazda has always been an interesting automaker. Its combination of sportiness and affordability has given the car-buying public a good value for their dollar. Vehicles like the MX-5 Miata quickly come to mind. But the Miata isn’t Mazda’s only major success story. In fact, the Mazda3 has proven extremely successful since its introduction in 2004 thanks to is sedan and hatchback versions offering a fun-to-drive character with a reasonable sticker price. Now in its third generation, the 3 continues to offer those same attributes, but with an added level of refinement and class.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2018 Mazda3 5-Door equipped with the range-topping Grand Touring trim to see how Mazda’s “Zoom-Zoom” attitude was holding up. Happily, I can report the little car is a blast to drive and is impressively practical. See how the details shake out below.

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Does the Mazda3 5-Door Make a Good Daily Driver for the Family?

Does the Mazda3 5-Door Make a Good Daily Driver for the Family?

Five doors means extra room

The Mazda3 5-Door is an interesting car. It’s an economical hatchback with seating for five, 47.1 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats folded, and a naturally aspirated four-cylinder under the hood. On paper, it sounds like a dull choice in today’s extremely completive automotive landscape. Yet the magic is in the Mazda name – an injection of indescribable goodness that somehow makes the car drive more ferociously than it should, feel more expensive than it costs, and return better fuel economy than spirited driving should allow.

In other words, the Mazda3 5-Door is impressive by all accounts. But that begs the question: how well does it handle daily driving for family duty?

To find out, I spent a week with a 2018 Mazda3 5-Door fitted with the range-topping Grand Touring trim. My tester came with nearly every available feature and option, making this little hatchback surprisingly well equipped. Things like adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and navigation graced the spec sheet. While that did increase the as-tested price by $3,075, the end result seems worth it.

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Price Check: Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring vs the Competition

Price Check: Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring vs the Competition

How the Mazda3 stacks up against Chevy, Honda, Hyundai, and Volkswagen

The 2018 Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring under our evaluation this week is equipped with all the bells and whistles. Not surprisingly, that means its price tag might seem a bit hefty for a compact hatchback with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder. As such, I decided to look at the Mazda3’s competitors and their comparable trim levels and optional equipment.

I settled on the 2017 Volkswagen Golf, the 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, and the2018 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback. For each, I selected their range-topping trim and added the appropriate options for an apples-to-apples comparison. Here’s how things shake out.

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NHTSA Briefly - And Mistakenly - Lists Mazda6 as an AWD Model

NHTSA Briefly - And Mistakenly - Lists Mazda6 as an AWD Model

It’s not happening the NHTSA has already corrected the error

One of the biggest disappointments surrounding the new U.S.-spec Mazda was the absence of an all-wheel-drive system. To make matters worse, our hopes were raised when the NHTSA created two listings for the 2018 Mazda6 on its website, one that came with the standard front-wheel-drive and another with all-wheel drive. Turns out, it was nothing but a mistake by the agency because clicking the link to the Mazda6 AWD now reveals an "error message."

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2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring Quick Specs

2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring Quick Specs

Digging through the numbers

The Mazda3 has been around since 2003, but the current version debuted for the 2014 model year. Thankfully, Mazda hasn’t let it trudge through the last four years unchanged. Small updates each year have kept it fresh. The same is true for the 2018 model year, which is exactly why I wanted to test the latest version. Parked in my driveway is a 2018 Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring coated in Soul Red Metallic and equipped with the six-speed automatic and the well-equipped Premium Package.

Like before, the Grand Touring trim is the highest of the Mazda3 range, and when combined with the Premium Package, offers some pretty nice features, creature comforts, and a strikingly classy ambiance for well under $30,000. But before I dive into my subjective thoughts and impressions, I wanted to cover the objective stats and specs of this Japanese hatchback.

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