Posts tagged "Mazda"

Photo gallery: Mazda unveils all-new 2014 Mazda3

2014 Mazda3
The Mazda3 is one of my all-time-favorite, I-could-own-this-car cars. It’s fun, small, peppy, drives well and, IMHO, is a perfect urban vehicle. Here’s to hoping it gets even better for 2014. Mazda announced a complete redesign today that will be on sale starting this fall. In the photos below, you can see some of the design... Read more »

Today's Rant: Keyless should be keyless

Today's Rant: Keyless should be keyless
Maybe it’s a chick thing. But, I have to say I’m really annoyed when a manufacturer gives you keyless start but then does not give you keyless entry. Makes me think of those commercials that Ford is putting out lately. You can have a bed OR  breakfast. You can have sweet OR sour chicken. Like... Read more »

Photo gallery: 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata

During our first bout of really nice weather last week, I had the chance to drive the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Talk about perfect timing. The tester was a Club model that was equipped with a 167-horsepower, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. That’s a lot of fun packed into a small package.... Read more »
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Today's Rant: Bluetooth connection in the Mazdaspeed3

Today's Rant: Bluetooth connection in the Mazdaspeed3
I hate to talk on the phone. Seriously. I avoid it at all costs. That being said, I do spend a fair amount of time in the car during my commute to work. And rather than talk out loud to myself about the stupid drivers  who don’t know how to merge with traffic on the... Read more »

Mazda Mazdaspeed3 vs. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO

Mazda Mazdaspeed3 vs. Mitsubishi Lancer EVO
When I swapped cars last week from the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo to the Mazda Mazdaspeed3, one of my tweeps asked which I liked better. The answer,  hands down, is Mazdaspeed3. And while there were surface things such as the miserably uncomfortable Recaro seats in the Evo, that pointed me to the instantaneous answer, I had... Read more »

Today's Rave: Pandora integration on Mazdaspeed3

Today's Rave: Pandora integration on Mazdaspeed3
I love things that make my life easy. But more often than not, tech gets more confusing and more difficult the “smarter” it gets. Which is why the Pandora integration on the Mazdaspeed3 tester was a pleasant surprise. I’d already paired my phone to the Bluetooth so I could make hands-free calls while driving (a... Read more »
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2013 Mazda CX-5 makes city-worthy list

2013 Mazda CX-5 makes city-worthy list
I am a huge fan of Mazda. From the Mazda2 all the way up to the CX-9, I think they make fun, attractive and interesting vehicles. With a rare exception, I’ve gotten out of every single one of their cars thinking: I could totally buy this. The all-new CX-5 is not that exception. I could... Read more »

Today's Rant: Headrests in the Mazda CX-5

Today's Rant: Headrests in the Mazda CX-5
A couple weeks ago, Michelle, one of my petite female readers, emailed me with a rant of her own: The headrests in the Volvo XC60. She and her husband had just bought the car and after less than a week, the headrests were creating such a pain in her neck (literally), that they actually traded... Read more »

Today's Rant: Mazda5 headrest (or headrests in general)

Today's Rant: Mazda5 headrest (or headrests in general)
I have to admit, I feel like I’m calling out Mazda a little unfairly. While you can see the prominent forward lean of the headrests in the Mazda5, this isn’t unique to this car or even this automaker. Due to safety regulation, more and more headrest are taking on this aggressive lean. And I hate... Read more »
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Today's Rave: Mazda CX-9 Bluetooth audio

Today's Rave: Mazda CX-9 Bluetooth audio
OK, I now have a new favorite feature that doesn’t center around heated seats or steering wheels. It’s the Bluetooth streaming audio that I found in the Mazda CX-9. I don’t keep music on my phone, so even though I use the Bluetooth for phone conversations, I’ve not tested the streaming audio before. Luckily, my... Read more »