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‘Car and Driver’ Gives Mazda 6 High Marks
When the editors at “Car and Driver” compare vehicles, they put them through the ringer with a series of tests that include performance, design, fit and finish and ride quality, among others. Calling the Mazda6 a “beautiful car” which incorporated their “favorite design” both inside and out, the editors named the midsize sedan a clear winner against the Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. “Unlike the Accord or Malibu, this is a car that belongs on 19-inch wheels,” they wrote, adding that the cabin looks upscale “no matter where the eyes wander.” For the largest Mazda6 inventory in the Valley, head over to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.
Editors Rave About Virtually Every Feature
Normally when the editors at ‘Car and Driver’ do a test comparison, they find that some cars are better at some things than others before declaring an overall winner. In the case of this comparison, they raved about virtually every feature on the Mazda6, from the auto up/down on four windows to the folding rear seats and wide trunk opening. The Mazda6 had the quickest times while also delivering the greatest fuel economy, the result of Mazda’s famous SKYACTIV technology. The car is a quiet commuter most of the time, but press the “Sport” button and it comes alive, roaring around the track and pushing the gears to their limits.
Mazda6 Scores High in Acceleration and Fun Factor
When you look over the Mazda6 inventory at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road, remember that this car scored high in virtually every category, but earned a perfect mark in quarter-mile acceleration and fuel economy. Those are two diametrically-opposed functions that logic would say cannot work together, but the engineers at Mazda have made it happen. The car also scored high in performance, steering feel, driver comfort, rear-seat space, trunk space, fit and finish and styling. It also won the “fun to drive” category going away.
i-ACTIVSENSE Provides Driver Assistance Safety Features
The i-ACTIVESENSE system is Mazda’s term for the suite of sensor and camera-related safety features that help drivers avoid collisions. Radar cruise control helps you keep a safe distance from the car in front, while lane assist warns if you’re drifting out of your place on the road. Smart brake support alerts you of an impending collision, then takes charge if you fail to act. See all the safety features for yourself at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.
Midsize SUV Delivers Premium Driving Excitement
Wrapped inside the KODO Soul of Motion design of the revamped Mazda CX-9 is a performance driving machine that puts the fun back into your daily commute. This three-row SUV is filled with standard features that make everyday errands a pleasure. “With the 2016 CX-9, we have lofty expectations, raising the bar with a quieter, smoother ride; a quicker, more responsive powertrain; and numerous other improvements,” according to Mazda North America senior vice president Robert Davis. “CX-9 is our flagship and portends a future of innovative technologies and amenities that we believe will further elevate our vehicles in their respective classes.” For the largest inventory and best deal on the CX-9, talk to the pros at Chapman Mazda.
Choose From Four Different Trim Packages
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 comes in four different models, all with a little different flavor and price point for a discerning buyer. The Sport model features standard LED exterior lighting, an electronic parking brake, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and rearview camera. The Touring model adds some driver assistance features such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert along with keyless entry, power front seats and larger touchscreen. Move up to the Grand Touring model and you get 20-inch wheels, adaptive front-lighting which illuminates around corners and more driver safety features. The Signature model is the top of the spectrum and features Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system to help you maintain control when conditions get dicey. The Sport model starts at $31,520, while the Signature trim package begins at $44,015.
SKYACTIV-G Engine Delivers Power and Efficiency
All the CX-9 trim packages are powered by the same SKYACTIV-G 2.5T motor that delivers 250 horsepower and a seat crushing 310 pound feet of torque. Along with superior performance and the power to cruise up long hills, the engine is also leading its class in efficiency. The CX-9 rates at 28 mpg on the highway, 22 in the city and a combined 25 mpg. “Part of our focus during developing the new CX-9 was on ‘effortless transition’ – the idea of juggling being a parent with an on-the-go lifestyle and then having a vehicle that can accommodate enjoying a weekend getaway with your significant other,” Davis said. “Whether you need the space of just prefer its design and elegance, we believe CX-9 is an exceptional vehicle that will delight many new and returning customers to the Mazda brand.” Visit Chapman Mazda to see why the new CX-9 is the perfect SUV for families or commuters.
‘Car and Driver’ Picks Mazda6 as Best Mid-size Sedan
Calling it a “solidly built, well-executed and fun-to-drive vehicle that delivers a level of satisfaction well beyond what’s expected in a family sedan,” the editors at “Car and Driver” magazine choose the Mazda6 as the top mid-size sedan of the year. After undergoing a makeover for 2016, the Mazda6 features a more neatly organized cabin and a few changes to the aerodynamic body. Overall, the changes were minimal, which will be good news to a buying public already in love with the overall sportiness of the vehicle. If you’re looking for a Mazda6 for sale, head over to Chapman Mazda.
Don’t Overlook the Manual Gearbox
Although the automatic is a seamlessly shifting monster that makes driving easy, don’t overlook the six-speed manual transmission that adds a level of playfulness to this car. True, you may have to abandon your dreams of living in two-door vehicle heaven thanks to the addition of a couple of kids and a dog, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a car that’s fun to drive. With well-placed pedals and a shifter that begs you to power through the gears, the Mazda6 comes from the same DNA as the sporty Miata. When looking at a Mazda6 for sale, you’ll notice that they all come with the SKYACTIV 2.5L four-cylinder engine. It pumps out a respectable 184 horsepower which delivers a highway rating of 37 mpg.
Mazda6 Piles Up Awards
The Mazda6 is one of the most honored mid-size sedans on the market, winning awards for appeal by JD Powers and being named a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Edmunds.com gave the sedan an “A” rating, and it was also honored by Kelley Blue Book as one of the most affordable cost-to-own vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency proved that a car doesn’t have to run on electric to be kind to the planet, picking Mazda as the most fuel-efficient automaker for the third year in a row.
All Mazda Vehicles are Made From Racing
With 45 years experience on the endurance racing circuit, Mazda has taken all it knows from wins at LeMans and Daytona to create vehicles that are responsive and provide a thrilling driving experience. They learn what works and what doesn’t, keeping the best and throwing away the rest. The Mazda6 is a major beneficiary from all the racing knowledge, which you can experience for yourself with a test drive at Chapman Mazda.
International Auto Journalists Pick Sporty Roadster
When the Mazda MX-5 Miata was totally redesigned for 2016, engineers made sure they kept all the fun bits that made the little convertible the most popular sports car for the money. By improving ride and handling, along with some other creature comforts, Mazda hoped the new Miata would take the world by storm. That’s exactly what it has done by being named the “World Car of the Year.” A group of 73 automotive journalists from 23 countries gave the Mazda the title over the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. You can test drive the new Miata at Chapman Mazda.
“What a wonderful honor to have the Mazda MX-5 named World Car of the Year,” according to Mazda President and CEO Masahiro Moro. “As our iconic MX-5 roadster approaches one-million units of production, this award is proof that it as young, vibrant, fun and relevant as ever. While I accept this award on behalf of the company, I do so representing every Mazda employee, retail partner and customer around the world who has ever felt the joy of driving a pure roadster. We say ‘Driving Matters’ in our advertising, and we prove it in our cars.”
Fourth-generation Miata Incorporates SKYACTIV Technology
The automaker’s commitment to SKYACTIV technology comes through with flying colors in the new Mazda MX-5 Miata. SKYACTIV engineering is a way of integrating every moving part on Mazda cars so they work in concert with other parts. A good example is how the engine and transmission work together seamlessly to create a power and efficient powertrain. SKYACTIV engines deliver a much greater compression ratio than traditional gasoline engines, deriving more energy from each gallon of fuel.
Jinba Ittai Creates Perfect Unity Between Car and Driver
The term “Jinba Ittai” is a Japanese philosophy that relates to the perfect marriage between a horse and rider. Used traditionally in horseback archery, the term recognizes the importance of horse and rider becoming, essentially, one functioning unit. Mazda uses that philosophy when creating all its vehicles, but it’s never more evident than in the new Miata. Mazda has trimmed all the dead weight from the Miata to improve the vehicle’s basic driving functions. The result is you’ll not only feel the road, but also your Miata’s response as you and your vehicle join together for a joyful driving experience. Feel the joy of being behind the wheel of the “World Car of the Year” by taking a trip to Chapman Mazda.
Newspaper Picks Winners Ahead of NY Auto Show
The “New York Daily News” honored vehicles in 16 different categories prior to the start of the New York Auto Show, but saved the most honors for Mazda. The “zoom zoom” car company took home top honors in five different categories, including:
• Small SUV- Mazda CX-5
• City SUV – Mazda CX-3
• Family Car – Mazda 6
• Small Car – Mazda 3
• Fun Car – Mazda MX-5 Miata
Nine automotive journalists put their heads together to select the awards, told only to “rank the vehicle in the order that you would recommend them to your family members, friends and co-workers.”
“We created these awards to honor best-in-class vehicles for a wide range of consumers,” according to Nick Kurczewski, Daily News auto editor. “Our intent with these awards is to help consumers make a better choice for their next car purchase.” Check out the entire Mazda inventory at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.
CX-3 and CX-5 Dominate SUV Categories
Journalists chose the CX-3 as the best “City SUV” based on quality, attention to detail and a price that meets most budgets. The judges enjoyed the CX-3’s ability to maneuver in tight spaces and provide a fun driving experience when equipped with a 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. Although it’s the next largest SUV in the company’s lineup, the CX-5 won for best “Small SUV.” Journalists praised the responsiveness and driveability of the CX-5, saying it has “stylish sheetmetal, upscale interior fittings and available access to a long list of infotainment and safety technologies.”
MX-5 Miata Wins for Pure Unadulterated Joy
When it comes to having fun on a budget, no vehicle can beat the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Daily News judges said the little sports car delivers pure, unadulterated and absolute joy. It may not be as fast or as luxurious as other sports cars, but it is just a hoot to drive. They liked the Club model of the Miata the best, with stick shift and Brembo brakes. No other vehicle adheres as closely to Mazda’s marketing message “Driving Matters” as the Miata.
Mazda3, Mazda6 Best Small and Family Car
If you’re looking for a great sedan that still provides some driving excitement, head over to Chapman Mazda and test drive the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6. The Daily News chose the Mazda 3 as the best “Small Car,” citing attention to detail and upscale materials as prime factors. The Mazda 6 was picked as best “Family Car,” based on a luxurious, roomy interior, “sensual styling” and a great driving experience. See why the Mazda was such a popular choice with a visit to Chapman Mazda.