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Mazda’s slick new CX-4 crossover is sadly only for China

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 26th, 2016

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Mazda revealed a streamlined version of the CX-5 at the Beijing Motor Show, exclusively for the Chinese market. But how would the new CX-4 fare in America?

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Mazda’s slick new CX-4 crossover is sadly only for China originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda halts sales of CX-5 due to fire risk in crashes

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 18th, 2016

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Mazda has issued a stop sale and recall for the 2014-2016 CX-5 because there could be a fuel leak in a rear collision.

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Mazda halts sales of CX-5 due to fire risk in crashes originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda teases CX-4 for the Beijing Motor Show

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 18th, 2016

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The Mazda CX-4 will debut at the Beijing Motor Show, and the first teaser suggests a coupe-like crossover with styling elements from the Koeru concept and CX-9.

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Mazda teases CX-4 for the Beijing Motor Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Mar 2016 10:07:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda CX-5 [w/video]

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 20th, 2015

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Mazda’s CX-5 has always been a small crossover with driverly appeal. The newest refresh may push it into the sweet spot of the segment, for everyone.

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2016 Mazda CX-5 [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2016 Mazda6 and CX-5 see gentle price hike

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 12th, 2015

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Mazda is slightly increasing pricing for the 2016 Mazda6 and CX-5, but buyers are getting a little more from the refreshed models like exterior updates and higher-quality cabins.

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2016 Mazda6 and CX-5 see gentle price hike originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:21:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda: Penn & Teller

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 2nd, 2015

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Mazda borrowed its act for its 2015 Super Bowl ad from Las Vegas, with magicians Penn and Teller showing off the refreshed CX-5 crossover.

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Mazda: Penn & Teller originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 01 Feb 2015 21:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda CX-3 almost ready for LA Show

Published by Mazda Blogs on December 19th, 2014

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The Mazda CX-3 is just days away from its unveiling at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, but elsewhere in the world, the Japanese brand still has the compact crossover disguised for testing. These spy shots aren’t too camouflaged though, and when combined with the previous teaser image, they give a pretty clear idea what the new model will look like.

Mazda CX-3 almost ready for LA Show originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mazda recalling 88k vehicles for ECU glitch

Published by Mazda Blogs on April 4th, 2014

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Need a break from news about the General Motors ignition switch recall? This Mazda recall should serve as a nice change of pace. It involves 88,000 cars across the globe, and focuses on the brand’s three most recent (and important) models – the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5.

The issue rests with Mazda’s new i-ELOOP regenerative braking system. Apparently there’s a problem with the ECU program that monitors whether a capacitor in the regen system is working. Acceleration is affected, and in severe cases, the engine could stall. There have been no mention of accidents or injuries due to the issue, and the glitch itself can be cured by an ECU reflash.

As i-ELOOP is a fairly new system for Mazda, particularly in the US, the total number of affected models is rather low, with just 6,500 US cars affected. Europe is hit hardest, with 38,000 models while Mazda’s home market of Japan adds 27,600 cars and crossovers. Affected models were built between October 2012 and January 2014.

Mazda recalling 88k vehicles for ECU glitch originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Rumored Mazda CX-3 may not be for US

Published by Mazda Blogs on February 19th, 2014

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Mazda has used its Kodo design language to make some of the most attractive, affordable cars in the world right now, with the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 (pictured above), but it still lacks a crossover in the smaller class, which are becoming popular on the world market. It seems like a natural fit then, that the Japanese company would shrink its CUV design even smaller for a CX-3 to fill the gap. However, a rumor suggests that the compact might not make it to these shores.

The Mazda2-based crossover is due later this summer in Japan and is launching in Europe and emerging markets later, according to Automotive News citing a report in Japan’s Nikkei newspaper. The little CUV would cost between 1.5 million yen and 2.0 million yen ($14,700-$19,500) in Japan and be available with diesel and petrol engine options. However, the report made no mention of selling it in North America. There is a glimmer of a chance for the CX-3 here. Mazda is upgrading its Mexican factory to 230,000 annual unit capacity by 2016, which gives it the room to add the new vehicle.

While the midsize CUVs are hugely popular in the US, compacts like the Buick Encore are still a small portion of things. If Mazda could time the CX-3’s launch right here, it could take advantage of the lack of competition.

Rumored Mazda CX-3 may not be for US originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD

Published by Mazda Blogs on March 20th, 2013

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After spending some time roaming the Hill Country of central Texas with Mazda’s new Mazda6 and CX-5 with the 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine, I got a round with the redesigned CX-9 back in Michigan. The three-row Mazda crossover comes to court in the 2013 model year with the same 3.7-liter V6 engine that we’ve sampled before (still making 273 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque), though the nose that wraps it has been updated with the same “Kodo” design language that marks out the CX-5 and friends.

I had quite recently spent time in our long-term Nissan Pathfinder, so I felt better equipped than usual to suss out the potential high and low points of Mazda’s family-facing CUV.

Driving Notes

  • A combination of a responsive throttle pedal and a surprisingly lively exhaust note made the CX-9 feel immediately sportier than the CVT’d Pathfinder I had just stepped out of. The Mazda’s six-speed automatic transmission was surprisingly willing to drop gears and pile on the revs when I put my foot to the floor for a pass on the highway, and I actually never really felt prodded to use the manual mode as a result. Don’t get me wrong, the CX-9 isn’t “fast” in an objective sense, but it definitely feels adequately powerful for a largish 4,500-pound crossover. (Those seeking real speed with three rows would still prefer the Ford Explorer Sport or Dodge Durango in V8 trim, I’d wager.)
  • True to form for Mazda, the CX-9 feels a shade sprightlier in terms of handling than does the bulk of its competitive set. Sitting in the drivers seat for the first time, I was actually a little shocked at how small in diameter the steering wheel is. Better yet, the front end of the large vehicle moves promptly when guided by this sporty wheel, turning in with a quickness that belies the long wheelbase, and offering a shade more road feedback than is typical of this class. I’m not sure how many buyers really care about a kind of “athletic” steering feel when selecting their next kid-wagon, but the Mazda would seem to be the top-of-class here.
  • Overall fit and finish of our CX-9 Grand Touring-spec interior felt nice – I particularly liked the kind of micro-suede door inserts – if a little bit simple. There’s still more hard-plastic surfacing in the CX-9 than I’d gotten used to in our long-term Nissan, and far fewer enticing pieces of technology. Mazda is offering a new-for-2013, 5.8-inch display with which to negotiate the navigation and media controls, but the interface simply serves to make the CX-9 feel slightly less out of date than it would with the older setup. And the Mazda didn’t have the near-luxury feeling that the plusher, gizmo-laden Pathfinder does.
  • There was more interruption from wind and tire noise in the CX-9 than in other similarly sized crossovers and SUVs I’ve been in lately, too. Just a shade louder, mind you, but there was enough wind noise at 70 miles per hour on the highway that I was forced to notice that I didn’t like Mazda’s stereo as much as I had the Pathfinder’s. (Maybe because the Pathfinder’s quieter cabin provided a better sound stage?)
  • While the third-row seating of the CX-9 is clearly not made for six-foot, five-inch guys like me, I did have a seat in the second row to see how it measured up. Beyond feeling a tiny bit lacking in headroom, I found the three-seat-wide second row a place that I wouldn’t have a problem camping out in over goodly distances. My legs and knees had space to move around, and the seat bottoms weren’t overly short or too stiff. In other words: Your tweenage kids should fit just fine.
  • My conclusion about the CX-9 in today’s market is a little mixed. I feel as though most shoppers in this segment are going to want more content, a cushier ride or more interior volume than Mazda is offering us. On the other hand, I don’t think that I’ve tested a three-row crossover that’s quite so fun to drive as this one. That strikes me as a core competency that’s not super valuable for the segment, though it might be more of a niche (driver-focused family haulers) than I understand.

2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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