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Mazda3 Updates Offer More Standard Features


Accolades Keep On Coming

The Mazda 3 is the popular four-door sedan that has not only been a finalist for World Car of the Year, but has found its way repeatedly on Car and Driver Magazine’s 10Best list. Expect the accolades to keep on coming, as the 2017 version is outfitted with more standard features than ever. Like your commuter car with a bit of sass? The Mazda3 now has the patented G-Vectoring control that adjusts the car’s handling based on commands from the driver. Additional sound deadening keeps the road noise on the outside, so you can concentrate on the awesome sound that comes from the infotainment system. People who buy the Mazda3 like the option of having a stick shift, so that’s now being offered on the top level Grand Touring trim level. “We are more than happy to give our customers what they want with greater availability of the manual transmission,” according to Mazda senior VP Robert Davis. “Mazda3 has a nearly 15 percent take rate for its manual transmission, with most of those buyers opting for higher trim levels. Where so many competitors have retreated in the segment, we see an opening to engage those who enjoy the driving experience without compromise.” Test drive a stick or automatic version of the Mazda3 by visiting Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Lineup Simplifies Engine Options

Where last year’s model designated the 2.0L engine with an “i” and the larger 2.5L with an “s”, this year the two engines are split among the trim level. If you want the extra efficiency of the smaller motor, you’ll need to buy either the Sport or Touring models. Opt for the Touring 2.5 or Grand Touring package and you’ll get the larger engine.

Different Trims, Different Choices

Even the base Sport sedan model of the Mazda3 is packed with features, especially if you add the Preferred Equipment group. Along with 16-inch wheels, you’ll get heated side mirrors, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights. Step up a bit to the Touring sedan and options include a shark-fin antenna, BOSE nine-speaker stereo and moon roof. The Grand Touring model adds LED fog lights, a heads-up display, leather seats and an analog tachometer. Add the Premium Equipment package and you also get self-leveling headlights that lead the way around corners, LED tail lights, LED running lights and paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Examine the Mazda3 inventory at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road to find the right vehicle at a price you can afford.

Mazda6 the Midsize Sedan With Attitude


Family Four-door Still Delivers Fun

Now equipped with G-Vectoring Control to improve handling, the 2017 Mazda6 midsize sedan is the perfect vehicle for the person who likes a little sass to go along with their daily drive. The Sport model of the Mazda6 starts at just $21,945, yet delivers a long list of standard features including push-button start, backup camera, alloy wheels and the MAZDA CONNECT hands-free infotainment system. Bluetooth connectivity lets you stream your music and make phone calls while keeping your eyes focused squarely on the road. Give the Mazda6 a thorough look by visiting Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Other Trim Levels Provide Many Upgrades

Choose the Touring or Grand Touring trim levels of the Mazda6 and you get a wide list of standard features designed to make your daily drives more enjoyable. The Touring trim package provides 19-inch wheels, driver assistance safety features, keyless entry and a 6-way power seat for the driver. You can also get a premium Bose audio system at this level, moonroof and full-LED headlamps that point the way around dark corners. The Grand Touring model is the top-of-the-line, delivering navigation, leatherette seats, a heads up driving display and even a power adjustable passenger seat. Paddle shifters let you slip through the gears with the precision of cars that cost many more thousands of dollars. Radar cruise control and city brake support are a couple of safety features also included in the Grand Touring package.

SKYACTIV Engine Efficient and Powerful

Although the 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that powers the Mazda6 doesn’t sound very large, the use of SKYACTIV technology delivers a rare combination of performance and efficiency. Car and Driver magazine calls the car the “pick of the current midsize sedan litter.” By making the most out of 184 horsepower, the Mazda6 makes the run from 0 to 60 mph in under 8 seconds and reaches a respectable top speed of 90 mph in the quarter mile. Choose the manual gearbox for some extra fun as you power through the gears and even get the rear end to drift a little on the track or some lonesome highway. The 2017 Mazda6 is rated for 35 mpg on the highway, a phenomenal number for a car of this size and people hauling capacity. Visit Chapman Mazda on Bell Road today to test drive the Mazda6 and see why it is consistently rated as one of the top midsize sedans in America.

Loyal Customers Get Dibs on Miata RF


New York  Show Car Starts Limited Run

The 2017 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF was the hit of the New York Auto Show this year. The retractable hardtop fastback takes the “fun” attitude of the soft top Miata and kicks it up a few notches by giving Miata lovers a new version of the old favorite. With beautiful fastback lines, the car converts from a closed coupe to an open air roadster at the touch of a button. Mazda is only making 1,000 of these beauties to start. Named the “Launch Edition,” this Miata RF gives preference to existing customers. It will have an exclusive color combination of Machine Gray Metallic on the outside and Auburn Nappa Leather on the interior. “MX-5 has enjoyed 27 years of being the world’s best-selling roadster, being named 2016 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year and receiving hundreds, if not thousands of accolades,” according to Mazda senior VP Robert Davis. Existing customers will receive an email with instructions on how to purchase the new RF. For your chance at a certain collector’s item, contact the pros at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Every Vehicle Made to Order

Don’t expect to see the new Launch Edition of the Miata RF showing up on dealership lots. Every car will be made to order, where the only option for customers is whether to pick a SKYACTIV-MT 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. Along with special badging on the car, customers will also receive an exclusive numbered 42 mm watch made by Torneau. “Rarely does any automaker have a vehicle that garners the sort of loyalty and enthusiasm MX-5 generates–something we don’t take lightly,” Davis said. “MX-5 RF is the next chapter of this storied model line, and we can’t think of a better way to give back than to first offer this bespoke Launch Edition to those who have stuck with us, believing in our mission to deliver the best-driving vehicles on the road.”

Other RF Models Available Early 2017

Although the Launch Edition is a very limited run, the RF in other colors will be arriving at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road in the first part of 2017. Expect a quieter ride than with the soft top Miata, with the same thrills that made the Mazda Miata MX-5 the choice of those who want something fun to drive that doesn’t break the bank. “The cabin is luxurious and quiet when closed, and the rear roof produces a completely new open-air driving feel when the top is down,” said MX-5 program manager Nobuhiro Yamamoto. “I believe the MX-5 RF is a car that could only have been created at Mazda, where everyone involved in the creative process aspires to take on new challenges.”

CX-5 Takes Top Honors in Comparison Test


Small Crossover Repeats as Best of Bunch

When it comes to comparing vehicles, the editors at Motor Trend magazine have a reputation for looking at all factors to help consumers make an informed decision. A recent test of compact crossover vehicles revealed that the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring crossover is the best of the bunch. Excellent fuel economy, a sporty drive and top scores in performance testing had it topping a field that included the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and six other competitors. “Subjectively, the Mazda had one of the nicest cabins and excellent ride quality, and most important, we really enjoyed driving it,” said the Motor Trend review. See how much you enjoy driving a Mazda CX-5 by visiting Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

CX-5 Provides Outstanding Value

When taking all factors into consideration, the Motor Trend editors found the CX-5 presented the best value of all the vehicles tested. “For those who value the journey over the destination, we’d give the nod to the CX-5, as it’s incredibly enjoyable to drive, luxurious, and comfortable,” they wrote. The Mazda CX-5 was also right on top in the safety evaluation, earning top scores from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Ride and Handling Second to None

It’s always difficult for an automaker to provide a superior handling vehicle that also offers a cushiony ride. Motor Trend thought the CX-5 came the closest of all the tested vehicles, taking out the bumps of the highway while still giving the driver the feel of a sportster. “Out on our road loops, the Mazda offered up engaging, sporty handling with little body roll and little in the way of harshness from poor-quality roads,” read the review. This makes the CX-5 a perfect vehicle for daily commutes or a weekend run up a deserted highway. The ability to seat five adults comfortably while still storing plenty of gear puts the Utility in this CUV.

Honors Don’t Stop With Motor Trend

The Mazda CX-5 is the best reviewed Compact Utility Vehicle on the market, earning high praise from consumer entities such as Car and Driver magazine, Edmunds and U.S. News and World Report. The commitment to using quality materials while adhering to Mazda’s KODO Soul of Motion design philosophy make the CX-5 a favorite for people who like a little sophistication in their daily drive. See why the CX-5, and the entire Mazda inventory, are rewriting books on car making when you visit Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

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KBB Likes Mazda3 and CX-3

Noted consumer website has chosen two Mazdas to their “10 Best Back-to-School” vehicle list. Judging in a number of categories that included style, affordability, practicality and safety, the reviewers at Kelley Blue Book were consistent in their love for the two vehicles. The Mazda3 was named to’s “10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 2016”. The CX-3 was also honored to the same list, except for cars under $25,000. also utilized comments from consumers when making their selections. The CX-3 received a 10 out of 10 consumer rating, with buyers loving the “5 star design” along with “driving dynamics, interior and exterior appearance.” The Mazda3 scored an 8.8 in its consumer rating. Check out the entire inventory at your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda.

Mazda 3 ‘Both Fun and Fuel-efficient’

The editors at say the 2016 Mazda3 is “both fun and fuel-efficient thanks to Mazda’s SKYACTIV chassis and powertrain technology.” SKYACTIV is Mazda’s way of integrating all the components to make the most efficient and powerful vehicle possible. This makes the Mazda3 an incredibly fun car to drive while still getting an impressive 33 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Editors said they liked the position of the seat and steering wheel, which creates an ergonomic, comfortable experience when taking the compact car on long drives. Especially attractive is a blind spot monitoring system that warns the driver when another car is lurking in a hidden area.

CX-3 Puts ‘Sport’ in Sport Utility Vehicle

The ability of the compact SUV CX-3 to “carve through corners and slice through traffic” is one of the reason the editors at put it at the top of their “fun-to-drive” list. They lauded the CX-3’s “stiff body structure, precise steering and a real multi-gear automatic transmission.” They compare the CX-3 to the much more expensive Mercedes GLA. The efficient 2L engine not only provides a combined 31 mpg, but its ability to maintain torque through the RPM spectrum is a major part of the fun factor, especially on a weekend run through a curvy mountain road. The CX-3 comes with standard features not even offered on some competitors, such as push-button start and Bluetooth audio connectivity. Make sure you put the CX-3 on your list for inspection when you head to your Phoenix Mazda dealer.

KODO Soul of Motion Part of Every Mazda

When you head to Chapman Mazda, make sure you pay close attention to the design of the entire Mazda lineup. By utilizing the ancient KODO Soul of Motion design philosophy, Mazda creates a stunning lineup that gives you the feeling of movement even when the cars are standing still.