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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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Updated Mazda CX-5 Brings Turbo Engine and Luxury Trim

Updated Mazda CX-5 Brings Turbo Engine and Luxury Trim

More than 200 horsepower!

It’s been less than two years since the second-generation CX-5 went into production and Mazda is already rolling out an update. While it’s not exactly a facelift design-wise, the upgrade adds a more powerful turbo engine and two new trims with more premium features. And higher prices obviously.

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Next-Gen 2019 Mazda3 Headed for L.A. Debut

Next-Gen 2019 Mazda3 Headed for L.A. Debut

Mazda’s first production model with the SkyActiv-X engine

After almost six years on the market, the current-generation Mazda3 will retire to make way for a redesigned model. The Japanese firm confirmed the new Mazda3 will make its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show and released a new teaser of the car.

Actually, Mazda previewed two vehicles, as the photo includes images of both the sedan and hatchback versions. Not much can be seen in the photo, but it gives us a glimpse of the sedan’s roof and the hatchback’s rear end.

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2019 Mazda CX-9 With Much More Gear For A Bit More Money

2019 Mazda CX-9 With Much More Gear For A Bit More Money

Finally, Mazda Integrated Apple CarPlay And Android Auto

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 received a simple update for the new model year and now comes with more features than ever, slightly changed pricing, and can even be had with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems. It is a welcomed update for a car that seems to be perfectly suited for the family tasks of today.

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The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on Sale in August, Gets New Standard Features and Increased Pricing

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on Sale in August, Gets New Standard Features and Increased Pricing

It gets cool options too

Having just updated the Mazda MX-5 roadster, the Japanese automaker introduced a similar upgrade for the Targa-style RF model. While the sports car remains unchanged on the outside, it comes with extra standard features and a new equipment package.

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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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Mazda Updates the MX-5 For 2018; Adds Dark Cherry Soft Top Color

Mazda Updates the MX-5 For 2018; Adds Dark Cherry Soft Top Color

New body colors, a brake package, and standard infotainment round out the updates

The current Mazda MX-5 Miata isn’t old. In fact, it just debuted for the 2016 model year. Well, Mazda isn’t letting the icon age without change. The retractable fastback option came in 2017, and now for 2018, the standard MX-5 gets a few key updates.

New body and top colors bring fresh life while new interior leather options come to the range-topping Grand Touring trim. Mazda’s design team wasn’t the only ones to work their magic. The engineers retuned the rear suspension and power steering, likely matching the changes given to the Miata RF in 2017.

Owners of the performance-minded Club model can now get the Brembo/BBS Package, which comes with several items including – you guessed it – Brembo brakes and BBS wheels. The Club also now has upgraded 17-inch wheels, a better Bose sound system, and heated cloth seats for those chilly nighttime drives with the top down. And last but not least, the base Sport model now comes standard with the Mazda Connect infotainment system with the 7.0-inch display.

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2017 Mazda Miata RF – Driven

2017 Mazda Miata RF – Driven

The less-expensive Porsche 911 Targa

Needing no introduction, the Mazda Miata RF is well into its first year of production. This retractable fastback version of Mazda’s insanely popular two-seat sports car not only adds a level of interior comfort with lower noise levels and better insulation against extreme temperatures, but also adds some beautiful aesthetics to the MX-5’s Kodo Design language. Coated in the gorgeous Machine Gray metallic paint, out recent test car proved the Miata RF is more than a mere replacement for the last-generation power-retractable hardtop.

The Miata RF is a looker. Its styling flows with more grace and elegance than the ragtop convertible. Crisp edges meet with curved fenders and voluptuous haunches. Mazda’s attention to detail moves the Miata further up-market, while its price and fun-loving nature remain firmly planted in the obtainable sports car category. Aside from the roof, the Miata RF changes little from its roadster counterpart. An extra 113 pounds, a slightly revised steering calibration, and modestly retuned suspension comprise the most notable differences. But how does this affect the drive? To find out, I spent a week with the Miata RF, flogging it over familiar roads around Central Florida, all the while enjoying the springtime air flowing through the open cockpit.

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Here's How the Mazda Miata's Retractable Hardtop Works

Here’s How the Mazda Miata’s Retractable Hardtop Works

Think of it as a baby Porsche 911 Targa

So the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is here – hallelujah! This is the hard-top model Miata loyalists have been wanting for four generations now. The RF, or Retractable Fastback, combines the closed-roof quietness and all-year functionality mixed directly with an open-air driving experience on warmer days. But how did Mazda squeeze a folding hard-top into the impossibly small Miata?

The answer: very smartly. In fact, the mechanical bits and electric motors that operate the top, along with the actual aluminum top section and rear glass, all fold neatly into the space already reserved for the conventional soft top. That’s impressive.

What’s more, the Miata RF only compromises 0.1 cubic feet of trunk space over the soft-top model. And no, your luggage runs zero risk of getting smashed by the retracting mechanicals. The trunk is completely separate from the top’s storage compartment. Of course, don’t expect to haul home a bulk purchase of mega-roll toilet paper; the trunk only has 4.6 cubic feet of space.

Operating the top only takes about 13 seconds. A dash-mounted toggle switch does the deed. The car just has to be rolling below six mph. Want to see it in action? Keep reading for the full step-by-step process.

Continue reading for a video of the Miata RF’s Targa top.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Unveiled

2017 Mazda MX-5 RF Unveiled

The canyon-carving icon gets a retractable hardtop

Mazda got the drop on the 2016 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) with the launch of a new addition to the MX-5 family. It’s called the MX-5 RF, with the last two letters alluding to the “retractable fastback” roof that replaces the old ragtop. While the fourth-generation MX-5 is undoubtedly a significant aesthetic upgrade over the old model, the new RF is simply gorgeous. The design visually moves the cabin towards the tail, emphasizing the rear haunches and giving the whole package a superb sense of balance and poise. Complementing the new look is the availability of a new premium color – Machine Grey. Something tells me the days of explaining handling dynamics and tossability to non-enthusiasts is over…

Speaking of which, the RF promises to be every bit of fun behind the wheel as the standard model, although Mazda has yet to reveal how much the retractable roof mechanism adds to the original’s feathery curb weight. U.S. customers get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels, while a 1.5-liter powerplant is offered elsewhere. Routing the power is a six-speed manual gearbox, or alternatively, a six-speed automatic. Inside, expect the same driver-centric control layout.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF will be on display at the Mazda booth throughout the duration of NYIAS. Customers are invited to place pre-orders later this summer, with deliveries expected sometime thereafter.

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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 Offers First Details On The Refreshed BT-50

Mazda Offers First Details On The Refreshed BT-50

Mazda has just released the first details on its mildly refreshed BT-50 mid-size pickup truck. The BT-50 is Mazda’s global pickup that competes with the Toyota Hilux and Chevrolet Colorado. Based on the global Ford Ranger, the BT-50 carries all the Ranger’s mechanicals but provides truck buyers with what Mazda calls, an “active lifestyle vehicle.”

In other words, the BT-50 has a sportier style than the Ranger.

This marks the first major refresh for the Mazda truck since its introduction back in 2011. Designers were modest in the restyling, only concentrating on the front grille, headlights and taillights. The interior also features a new feel that Mazda says is higher quality than before. A rear-view camera also makes its appearance for the first time on the truck.

More specifically, the grille now has Mazda’s current corporate design, with the large horizontal bar backing the Mazda logo. Smoked headlights now have a more premium look. Similarly, the taillights share the smoked look, imparting a more premium feel to the exterior. Finally, a new set of aluminum wheels replace the outgoing design.

All the greasy bits carry over unchanged. That means the truck’s base engine is the 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel making 158 horsepower. Optional is the 3.2-liter inline five-cylinder turbodiesel making 197 horsepower. The truck can be had with a manual or automatic transmission, as well as two- or four-wheel drive.

The Mazda BT-50 will go on sale in the third quarter of 2015 starting in Thailand and Australia, with sales expanding beyond that in time.

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5 Biggest Competitors for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

5 Biggest Competitors for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

At last, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is finally here to put an end to years of speculation over its new design. Sure, details surrounding its engine and the amenities it will come with are still under wraps, but that didn’t stop us from having an argument about what impact will the 2016 Miata have on the sports car market once it hits showrooms. While most of us agree the Miata is a rather unique vehicle, we do know the Japanese roadster faces stiff competition from larger and sometime more powerful convertibles.

Of course, if you’re a Miata enthusiast, then it’s likely you’re not even considering what other manufacturers have to offer. But it’s not that of a bad idea to know how the fourth-generation MX-5 stacks up against its main competitors, which mostly come from either Japan or Germany. So what nameplates should fear the new Miata’s arrival in late 2015? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata and its competitors

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Duran Duran is Set to Headline the Unveiling of the 2016 MX-5

Duran Duran is Set to Headline the Unveiling of the 2016 MX-5

Mazda is now confirming details on its upcoming launch of the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata. The event is set to take place in Monterey, California on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. It will in fact be a global launch with simultaneous debuts in Tokyo and Barcelona. Coverage will also be viewable live on Mazda’s YouTube channel.

Besides the new MX-5 getting the spotlight, 1980s rock band Duran Duran will headline the event, singing plenty of their classic hits. “Duran Duran and the MX-5 Miata both made their world debuts in the 1980s and captured the hearts and imagination of an entire generation,” says Russell Wager, vice president of marketing for Mazda North American Operations. “In 25 years, both the car and the band have evolved while staying true to their roots.”

This is a special time for the MX-5 Miata, as it celebrated its 25th anniversary on February 10, 2014 and will soon break the one millionth unit sold. As of this writing, Mazda quotes that it’s sold over 930,000 Miatas globally since its debut back in 1989.

The details about the new Miata are still unknown, but that won’t last for long. Its debut is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. PDT.

Mazda is throwing a second party for the MX-5 in partnership with Fashion Rocks. The event will be broadcast live on CBS on Tuesday, September 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Fashion Rocks will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The two-hour event will celebrate the close relationship between fashion and music.

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2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda CX-5

Launched in 2012 for the 2013 model year, the Mazda CX-5 is one of the newest crossovers on the market. Sharing its platform with the smaller Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedans, the CX-5 was Mazda’s first vehicle featuring the new KODO design language and the company’s SkyActiv technology. Available in North America since 2013, the U.S.-spec CX-5 is offered with two engines. Coming into 2016, the Mazda CX-5 is set to receive its first mid-cycle facelift.

In 2014, the CX-5 lagged behind its main rivals in terms of sales, as it only managed to deliver 99,122 units. While selling nearly 100,000 units is never a bad thing, the CX-5 plays in a popular segment where the class leader, the Honda CR-V, saw 355,019 units roll off of dealer lots and to new homes.

Will the CX-5’s refresh be enough to put a dent in the CR-V’s sales numbers in 2015?

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

Updated 02/11/2015: Mazda announced prices for the 2016 CX-5, which will be put on sale later in the spring.

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2016 Mazda2

2016 Mazda2

The Mazda2 is one of those little subcompact cars, or “supermini” if you prefer, that really doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Just like the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3, and CX-5, the Mazda2 features the most recent interpretation of the Kodo Soul of Motion design styling with sculpted body creases and a much larger grille up front. Compared to the outgoing model, the Mazda2 is sportier than before and offers a two-tone interior that is both comfortable and function for such a small vehicle. For the new generation, Mazda is bringing a brand new SkyActiv-D, 1.5-liter diesel to go with the 1.5-liter and 1.3-liter gasoline-powered engines. Consumers have the choice of a manual or automatic transmission with all engines and can expect fuel economy and power similar to that found in the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo.

The previous-generation Mazda2 didn’t exactly perform very well in the U.S. Sales were slow and supply with also spread thin. Despite the fact that the 2016 Mazda2 will be produced in Mexico, the Mazda2 isn’t going to be available in the U.S. for the foreseeable future. To put it simply, we just love our larger cars now that gas prices aren’t $4.00 a gallon and with so much competition in the subcompact segment it just doesn’t make sense right now. Give it time and the four-gen model ma make it to the U.S., just don’t expect it to happen right away. Regardless of that, let’s take a good look at the Mazda2 and what the new generation brings to the table.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mazda2.

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2010 Mazda3

2010 Mazda3

The automaker from Hiroshima dropped a bomb on the automotive market when they came up with the new Mazda3, styled heavily with Nagare inspired lines and bulges this was truly an economy car that you would aspire to own. The exterior of the Mazda3 is interesting to say the least, made up of a multitude of complex curves and detailed lines evidence that the Japanese design team put a good amount of their own blood, sweat and tears into the economy car car’s design. Starting at just under $16,000 for a sedan and closer to $20,000 for the hatchback, the Mazda3 packs a whole lot of car into an affordable package. If you upgrade the sadden to the touring model, not only do you get wave mesh grills, Bi-Xenon headlamps and sporty front and rear bumpers complete with a lip spoiler, but you also get the wonderful 2.5 Liter four cylinder that makes 167 HP and 168 lb-ft of torque to go along with your beautifully sculpted people mover.

The exterior is highlighted by a sense of depth added by the hollow emblem on the front bumper and our car’s Crystal White Pearl Mica paint covered the wide wheel arches that housed a set of stylish 17 inch rims. The Mazda screams style, filled with playful bodylines. When compared to another automobile that we recently tested based on the same platform. We liked the Focus Coupe, and it reminded us of a serious Ford of the past, but the Focus is as plain Jane as sporty can try to be, but the Ford’s exterior was just flat. There was no depth like the Mazda, whereas the Focus is definitely for the person who wants the most car for their buck, while the 3 screams fun for a few dollars more.

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2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

The 2009 Mazda Miata, or MX-5 as it is known around the world, is a great car if you have one thing in mind, fun. You won’t be able to pick up a friend from the airport after their month long European vacation; there simply isn’t the room. When it comes to bringing someone along for the ride, you will have to choose between your girlfriend (or boyfriend) or your dog. You will have to keep a beanie in the glove box for cold days, because driving with the top up is just unacceptable.

However if you are the type of driver who looks forward to getting behind the wheel, like to compete in autocross events or just want to play Mario Andretti on your commute to work, the Mazda Miata is what you are looking for. Sure there are no big turbos or V8 rumble, instead you will find a reliable four cylinder engine that revs higher than the previous model, and although the 170 HP Miata won’t win any dyno competitions, it is more than enough power to motivate the 2,400 pound open air roadster to do things you would expect from a much more exotic, more expensive vehicle.

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2007 Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe Preview

2007 Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe Preview

Since the 1990 launch, and with subsequent generations launched in 1999 and 2006, MX-5 Miata has always been available with an optional removable hardtop, but this is the first time the car will be available with a power-operated retractable hard top.
This new Mazda MX-5 provides a unified sense of driving exhilaration, ready to spread the fun of lightweight sports cars in diverse and distinct new ways, regardless of the weather.

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