Mazda is Working to Make Diesel Cool Again

Mazda is working to make diesel cool again, starting with the CX-5.

For many years the diesel engine was thought of as reserved for trucks, especially semi-trucks as they trudge along bringing huge trailers loaded with materials to their destinations. At some point automakers started putting diesel engines into smaller passenger vehicles which meant more of us could begin to learn how this type of fuel worked. The diesel engine was originally thought of as a dirty engine that was used only for hauling and carrying but the tradeoff was a huge amount of pollutants in the air. As the diesel made it into passenger cars the only concern was whether or not this engine burned clean enough.

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For 2016 We Have a new Posterchild

02.28.16 - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The term “posterchild” has always been used to mean the perfect example of something. Whether it’s the egg that was frying in the pan which was used to help give kids a symbol of what their brains would do when they got hooked on illegal drugs or a high performance car that is the best new offering from an exotic automaker, the posterchild name lives on and we use it on a regular basis.

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What does an Economy Car Mean to You

2016 White Fiat 500

Typically the title or description of Economy Car brings to mind the thought of a set of hamsters under the hood on bicycles or at least something close to that for power.  Normally you think of these cars and shudder wondering what you have to compromise on in order to have a car that will be the commuter mobile for you to drive.  While many economy class cars are not powerful and have a negative feeling associated with them it’s important for you to see there are some economy class cars that are actually great to drive; here are some for you to consider.

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Weight Up and Down

2016 Yellow KIA Soul

For years cars have gotten heavier because the new technology installed adds more heft to a vehicle, especially when you add a battery pack to a hybrid.  In the past few years many automakers have worked to bring some of these weights down for the purpose of maximizing power and adding more fuel efficiency.  You can enjoy more from a car with lower weight from every aspect, more power, more performance and certainly better fuel mileage and automakers can offer you smaller engines to increase the fuel mileage even more.  To go along with that when a car is lighter and has turbochargers attached to the engine the horsepower can match higher cylinder numbers with smaller engines, giving us the best of both worlds. Read more

2016 Mazda 3: The Small Athlete

2016 Mazda 3

Mazda has shown a real knack for building cars that have a lot of pep and can really get going in a hurry. The Mazda 3 certainly shows itself as a car that can make things move and gets going quickly in the compact car class.  Out classing such long rivals as the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus the Mazda 3 is more than just a car that gets going, its attractive, efficient, comfortable and a lot of fun to drive with great driving dynamics and a smart set up of controls and features that we all love to use. Read more

Great Vehicles for Grads

College Graduation Cars

It’s that time of year again where we come close to the end of a school year and many high school and college grads will get many great graduation gifts to celebrate their achievements and a transition to the next step of their lives.  For those graduates some will receive  vehicles as the graduation gift from parents or grandparents, but what are some of the top choices to give graduates in order for them to have a fantastic vehicle that won’t cost them an arm and a leg to either insure or operate. Read more

Best Cars Under $30,000

2016 Mazda Miata on the Road

Everyone wants the best of the best. This is true when it comes to their cars, trucks, and SUV’s as well. Not everyone, however, can afford the exorbitant price tags that come with some of the luxury items they seek. What many don’t know is that if they look hard enough, they can enjoy some of life’s little luxuries in a lower model vehicle. There are some great cars available on the market for under $30,000. Here are some of them. Read more

Can You Have Fun at Under 200 Horsepower?

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Driving

For a vast majority of us, we will never drive a car that is our own that has over 200 horsepower. There are a few reasons we are going to be left out of the high-powered class of vehicles. First of all, most of us will certainly scoff at the idea of spending the money on a car that offers a high horsepower number because the shear price tag turns us away. Second is the lack of need, what will this additional horsepower be for and where can we drive it, so with practicality in mind it just doesn’t make sense. Third is fuel mileage. Less power typically equates to better fuel mileage, making it an easy choice between the two as we don’t want to be pumping gas 3-4 times a week for our power hungry V8 beast.

Because of all these reasons doesn’t it make sense to have something fun to drive that falls in our range of driving? Certainly many car manufacturers feel that way and offer several models that are both fun to drive and fall in the under 200 horsepower club to give us the fuel mileage (at least most of them) that we desire. Read more

Mazda 3 Shows Off

2015 Mazda 3

The tagline of the Mazda family has been “Zoom Zoom” since early 2000. This slogan embraces the spirit of the Mazda family, inspiring a sense of fun and whimsy that accompanies driving a Mazda. Coupled with the “If It’s Not Worth Driving, It’s Not Worth Building” campaign; Mazda’s advertising efforts firmly cement the brand’s philosophy about their cars. Already a leader in the SUV field, Mazda’s compact models are often overlooked, but don’t be fooled; it’s not because they’re not worthy.

In line with the Ford Focus and the VW Golf, the Mazda 3 falls right into Mazda’s niche market; those looking for a fun car that can perform with efficiency. With a graceful new design that focuses on Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion principle, the 2015 Mazda 3 even looks fun to drive. The remodel for 2015 focuses heavily on the grill and headlamps and a newly streamlined roof design that gives the 3 an impressive and imposing new look.

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