2016 Mazda CX-3

Jan 18th
Deputy editor Dan Pund gazed out from his cubicle into the Car and Driver parking lot, considered the 2016 Mazda CX-3 for a moment, and declared, “It’s just a Pontiac Vibe.”He was making an observation, not hurling an insult. If we weren’t living in the age of the crossover, we—you, me, and the entire driving public—would call the CX-3 a…
2017 Mazda 3 4-door

Jan 15th
Today’s compact-car buyer is spoiled for choice, with the Mazda 3 being a prime example. It can be had as a sedan or a hatchback, with a 2.0-liter or a 2.5-liter engine, and with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.Mazda’s beautifully designed and well-executed compact excels no matter which choices you make. As enthusiastic supporters of both…
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Jan 11th
There’s comfort in the latest Miata—sorry, MX-5 Miata. It’s not the comfort of plush leather seats, a soft ride, or opera windows. It’s the comfort of knowing that even in its fourth generation, Mazda’s two-seat roadster steadfastly remains a Miata.The MX-5 is sui generispartly because of its size and the toylike character that size confers. As the world around it…
2016 Mazda CX-3

Jan 6th
The subcompact-crossover segment is erupting like an overdue volcano—witness the new Chevy Trax, Fiat 500X, and Honda HR-V joining other wee hatchbacks on stilts, such as the Buick Encore, Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul, Mini Countryman, and Nissan Juke. Now, having spent several hours behind the wheel of Mazda’s new CX-3, we think it just may be the most compelling of…
2014 Mazda 3 5-door

Jan 1st
Ponder life behind the Joker’s mask. You’re a stud at Batman movies but an object of scorn the rest of the time. Such was the plight of the previous-generation Mazda 3 four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. The grotesque smile and black-tongued face no mother could adore kept these otherwise excellent compacts from earning the respect they deserved.Celebrating its 2010 clean…
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Dec 31st
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata stirs the road poets among us to romantic motoring visions: traffic-free dawns on challenging canyon two-lanes; adrenaline-soaked track-day afternoons; the after-dinner getaway with your one-and-only. That’s the stuff that put the fourth generation of Mazda’s little road star back on our 10Best Cars list. It inspires drivers to get out there, carpe every damned diem,…
2014 Mazda 3 5-door

Dec 30th
If a car’s goodness could be determined from something as mundane as a single bit of switchgear, you likely wouldn’t need us to weigh in on the latest rides. Luckily for our job security, proper analysis can rarely be distilled from such a minute detail. But in the case of the 2014 Mazda 3, the slick, well-damped iDrive-like infotainment controller…
2014 Mazda 6 Sedan

Dec 26th
A few months ago, we brought you an initial report on—and driving impressions of—the new Mazda 6, a mid-size sedan with a major corporate mission: Resuscitate Mazda’s credibility and market share in America’s toughest passenger-car segment. That report was based on Euro-spec preproduction cars, and without getting into detail, it was very positive.Now we’ve logged seat time in showroom-ready U.S.…
2016 Mazda CX-9

Dec 14th
The new Mazda CX-9 occupies a class of vehicles that often come up a bit short on style, even though that’s ostensibly the reason why many buyers are choosing a three-row crossover over a much more spacious and practical minivan. The need for passenger and cargo space tend to drive body-side sheetmetal that’s more upright and a roofline that plunges…
2016 Mazda 6 Sedan

Nov 22nd
It takes more than a pretty face to land a car on our 10Best list or to top the family-sedan segment in our Editor’s Choice awards, but a pretty face doesn’t hurt. Since the current-generation Mazda 6 arrived as a 2014 model, its handsome “Kodo” design theme has earned mention right alongside the sporty handling dynamics, the value-for-money content, and…
2016 Mazda CX-5

Nov 20th
Mazda, the maverick, does so much with so little. The Hiroshima-based company almost singlehandedly keeps the affordable-sports-car-flame flickering with the MX-5 and, for the most part, has resisted intertwining its operations with other automakers in ways that would help growth but almost certainly blur its focus. There’s no large pickup or truck-based SUV channeling fat profits into the company coffers,…
2014 Mazda 3 4-door

Nov 19th
Although upstaged somewhat in the 2014 new-car limelight by the sensational Corvette Stingray and glamorous Cadillac CTS, the all-new Mazda 3 rolled into the crowded compact-car sweepstakes as something of a game-changer, achieving top-notch fuel economy without sacrificing driving enjoyment. It also garnered Car and Driver 10Best Cars laurels for 2014.The key is the company’s Skyactiv technology, which sounds a…
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