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‘Car and Driver’ Loves Entire Mazda Lineup

With a wide variety of vehicles going through their review program at any one given time, it’s impressive that the editors at Car and Driver magazine say the company they’re most impressed with is Mazda. “If we could marry a car company at this very moment, there’s little question it would be Mazda,” wrote the magazine’s Jeff Sabatini. Car and Driver is particularly in love with the Mazda CX-9 SUV, which was redesigned for 2016 and is part of the magazine’s long-term test program. Take a test drive and see just how impressive the new CX-9 is by taking a trip to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Drives Smaller Than its Size

If you’re looking for a vehicle that fits seven people but doesn’t drive like a land yacht, consider the new Mazda CX-9. “On the road, the Mazda is in another league…with a tautness to its suspension that allows it to drive smaller than its size,” Sabatini wrote. “The CX-9 feels comparatively low to the ground and has quick sedan-like steering.” The turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces more torque than competitors, especially at low engine revolutions. This means you can get a jump off the line and merge onto freeways quickly, or pass those big trucks on long mountain runs.

CX-9 Comes in Four Trim Packages

If Mazda capability is something for which you yearn but you don’t want to break the bank, you can buy the Sport model of the Mazda CX-9 for just a shade over $20,000. You still get the seven-passenger seating, LED head and taillights, power everything, remote entry and a touch screen display. Move up to the Touring model for a power liftgate and heated side mirrors, while the Grand Touring model includes 20-inch alloy wheels and a power moonroof. The Signature model starts at $44,015, but comes with a long list of features including leather-trimmed seats and all-wheel drive.

Soul of Motion Design Provides Sophisticated Athleticism

Did you ever watch an athlete who makes everything look easy? That’s part of the theory behind Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy. The Mazda CX-9 is a sophisticated-looking vehicle that delivers an air of composure and prestige even when it’s sitting in a parking lot. An elongated hood leads into a tapered roofline that is accentuated by sculpted sides to create an elegant design. Check out the beauty and simplicity of the CX-9 when you take a test drive at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

New Mazda MX-5 RF is ‘Really Fun’

Push a button and roof goes down. Push a button and roof goes up. If you can ever tear yourself away from playing with the retractable roof of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and take the car out of your driveway, you’ll find that the RF in the vehicle’s name stands for “Really Fun.” It’s understandable to be mesmerized by the roof action, after all, it took Mazda engineers countless hours to figure out how to put a solid metal roof into the same spot previously occupied by foldable metal top. The fact that they designed a system that accomplishes that feat in just 13 seconds is, well, mesmerizing. Check in with the pros at Chapman Mazda to see about a test drive of the new MX-5 RF. You’ll be amazed at how much fun is packed in such a small, affordable car.

Mazda Engineers RF to be One With Driver

“Jinba Ittai” is a 900-year-old Japanese tradition that describes the symbiotic relationship between a horse and rider. It’s the founding principle on which Mazda designs all its vehicles, and has never been more evident than in the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. The RF is a driver’s car, with near-perfect balance between the front and rear weight to the rigid, lightweight chassis. Rear-wheel drive means traction improves as you step on the gas and the energy flows to the rear. The balance of the design means you will flow through corners as one with your car, not end up fighting it every step of the way. It is a connection between person and machine that all automakers strive for, but few achieve.

Performance Same as Miata You Know and Love

The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has the same engine and transmission that was made popular by the soft-top Miata, consistently recognized as the best sports car available for the price. The 2.0L SKYACTIV delivers a peppy 155 horsepower, more than enough to create some thrills in this 2,000 pound roadster. The combination of weight and power also delivers 35 mpg on the highway, probably not your first consideration when choosing a sports car, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to pass a few gas stations when you’re out tooling around the countryside. You can choose the short-throw manual 6-speed transmission if you really want to get involved in the driving, or opt for a 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Whatever you choose, make sure and check in with Chapman Mazda today to schedule a test drive in the new RF. They’ll let you take as much time as you want watching the top go up and down.

Four Mazdas Make ‘Best Buy’ List

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Consumer Guide Automotive, a trusted advocate for vehicle buyers, has selected four different Mazdas to its 2017 “Best Buys” list. The Mazda3 was the winner in the compact car category, as was the Mazda6 in the midsize car classification. The sporty Mazda CX-3 was noted as the best buy in the subcompact crossover/SUV class, while the all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata took home the honors in the sporty/performance class. Consumer Guide says “a vehicle does not become a Best Buy solely on objective ratings. It also has to distinguish itself as being a good dollar value compared to others in the class.” You can see why these vehicles were singled out by taking a trip to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Mazda3 Sporty and Efficient Commuter

The Mazda3 4-door sedan is an efficient commuter vehicle, earning 37 mpg on the highway with a host of creature comforts and new technology. Mazda says the vehicle was “designed to turn heads and engineered to change minds.” You’ll notice the superb handling offered by the new G-vectoring control that shifts the vehicle’s weight to take corners smoothly at higher speeds. The Mazda CONNECT infotainment system puts all your music, information and connections at just the touch of a screen or twist of a dial.

Mazda6 Offers More Room in Variety of Trim Levels

You’ll only sacrifice a couple of miles a gallon when you move up to the midsize Mazda6 sedan, which comes in three different trim levels. Choose the base Sport and you still get alloy wheels, halogen headlights and power everything. Step up to the Touring model for keyless entry and some driver assistance features. The Grand Touring model is the top-of-the-line and comes with a power moonroof and a touch more sophistication inside.

CX-3 the Sporty Crossover with Flair

The Mazda CX-3 crossover may be small in size, but its big in attitude. With available all-wheel drive, the little CX-3 is a beast on the road when conditions get dicey Even in the best of times the SKYACTIV technology provides a dynamic driving performance that’s fun whether you’re taking the kids to soccer practice or testing your skills on a curvy mountain road.

Miata Remains Best Sports Car for Price

There are few cars that are as much fun as the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Weighing just 2,332 pounds, you will delight at pushing the Miata to the limit with the top down, letting those desert breezes waft through your hair. Prove it to yourself by heading over to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road now to take the Miata for a test spin. Your smile will thank you.

WardsAuto Recognizes Innovative Engineering

WardsAuto is a consumer publication that publishes a “10 Best” list of engines every year. To be named to the list is akin to Motor Trend naming one of your vehicles “Car of the Year,” so it’s no surprise the honchos at Mazda were thrilled to have the new SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine recognized for its ground breaking achievements. “We’re honored that WardsAuto has recognized our turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, as it serves as validation of our innovation that everything we do is focused on creating value and strong trust with our customers,” according to Mazda director of engineering Kelvin Hiraishi. “This is who we are, and this principal is here to stay at Mazda.” The new engine makes its debut in the CX-9 midsize SUV, which you can test drive at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Butterfly Valve Just Another Industry First

Mazda is used to creating “industry first” innovations, from its KODO – Soul of Motion design philosophy back to the old rotary engine. The SKYACTIV-G2.5T utilizes a unique butterfly valve as part of the Dynamic Pressure Turbo system. The valve intensifies the pressure, allowing the turbocharger to spool up quickly, providing plenty of torque for climbing hills, passing or getting out of trouble. “There are lots of power turbocharged four-cylinder engines out there, but Mazda’s 2.5-liter turbo stands out by using very elegant engineering to create especially smooth and abundant low-end torque for great everyday V-6-like performance in a sizable crossover SUV,” said Drew Winter, WardsAuto content director.

CX-9 Offers Three Rows of Affordable Seating

The Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV not only comes with the 250 horsepower SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine, but it also features three rows of seating to accommodate up to seven passengers at a very affordable price. The Sport model starts at just $31,520, yet still comes with LED headlights, tail lights and running lamps, power side mirrors, three-zone climate control and remote keyless entry. The base Sport also includes the Mazda Connect infotainment system that utilizes Bluetooth technology to stream music and offer hands-free communication.

Move up to the Touring model and you get a power liftgate, heated side mirrors and a large 8-inch color touch screen. The Touring model begins at $35,970 with features of much more expensive SUVs, such as an 8-way power driver seat with lumbar support, power passenger seat, leather-trimmed heated front seats, blind spot monitoring and much more. The Grand Touring model offers a power moonroof, adaptive front lighting, retractable window shades and a host of driver assistance safety features. The ultimate model is the Signature, which delivers all-wheel drive and a level of sophistication unheard of at its $44,015 starting price. Take a trip to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road today and see which CX-9 model best fills your needs.

Mazda Announces Diesel Plans for CX-5

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First Mazda Diesel in North America

If you can wait until the middle of next year to buy your new midsize SUV, Mazda announced that the sporty CX-5 will have a diesel option. Providing more torque and environmentally-friendly emissions, the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel will make the Mazda CX-5 one of the most fuel efficient SUVS on the road. “We’re confident this engine offers a smart new option for North American drivers who want both performance and fuel economy,” according to Mazda VP Akira Marumoto. The new diesel CX-5 will be available to test drive at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road sometime next summer.

New CX-5 for All Customers to Enjoy

The original CX-5 midsize SUV, launched in 2011, was the second fastest Mazda to reach one million units sold. The all new version that will be available in February adds a new dimension of driving pleasure for all customers to enjoy, including the passengers. Prioritizing passenger comfort by keeping road noise out and delivering a smooth ride, the new CX-5 is perfect for both long trips or hosting the office carpool. A bold and sensual exterior utilizes the overriding Mazda theme of KODO-Soul of Motion design.

KODO Emphasizes Craftsmanship and Fluidity

KODO-Soul of Motion is an ancient Japanese design philosophy that captures objects in action at the moment their energy explodes. Elegant detail and fluidity is the key to this design, which is the theme for the design of all Mazda vehicles. At Mazda, the design starts with hands forming clay into stunning creations that eventually evolve into a vehicle. Each artist painstakingly sculpts a piece of the vehicle using love and care, a process that makes the Mazda lineup some of the most dynamic and beautiful vehicles on Earth. The CX-5 is both bold and athletic while delivering a sophisticated driving experience at an affordable price.

CX-5 Cabin is ‘Driver-Centric’

The world revolves around the operator in the 2017 Mazda CX-5 to emphasize the joy of driving. With an active driving display in your line of sight to relay important vehicle information and the Commander control knob within easy reach, each button and control is laid out with precision and an incredible amount of forethought. The quiet cabin is the perfect place to add the premium Bose sound system so you and your passengers can enjoy the ride surrounded by a symphony of your favorite sound. The all new CX-5 is slated for delivery to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road this coming February.