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Second Consecutive Year For Prestigious Award
Many automakers win awards for individual vehicles that stand out for one reason or another from year to year, but to win an award for the best overall lineup of vehicles is really quite spectacular. U.S. News and World Report has named Mazda as the “Best Car Brand” for the second year in a row, proving that Mazda delivers cars and SUVs that excel in design, performance and efficiency. “We are honored, once again, to be named the Best Car Brand by U.S. News and World Report,” Mazda CEO Masahiro Moro said. “We’re passionate about raising the bar on everything a car should be and will continue to deliver exceptional design, features and performance that make Mazda cars the go-to choice for those passionate about the details of what makes a car desirable to own and drive.” You can see just how special the Mazda inventory is by taking a test drive at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.
U.S. News Rankings Score Mazda High
U.S. News and World Report ranked the entire Mazda brand very high in the fields of design, technology and comfort. For example, the compact Mazda3 scored high because of its superb handling, high quality interior and easy-to-use infotainment system. It also didn’t hurt that the little Mazda3 gets an almost hybrid-like 37 mpg on the highway without the high initial expense. The Mazda6 also got spectacular ratings for its superior driving dynamics, excellent fuel economy (35 mpg highway) and an upscale, comfortable cabin. The sporty Mazda MX-5 Miata was the top-rated sports car thanks to its impressive handling, sport-like manual transmission and precise braking. U.S. News called it “one of the sportiest and most fun to drive cars available on the market.”
Mazda Also Most Efficient Automaker
Along with the award for “Best Car Brand,” Mazda also won another important award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA declared Mazda as the most “fuel-efficient” automaker for the fourth consecutive year. Mazda’s fleet-wide adjusted fuel economy figure is 29.6 mpg without a hybrid or electric vehicle in the lineup. “Mazda’s team of engineers and designers have worked diligently to create vehicles that are high-quality, stylish, fun-to-drive and fuel-efficient,” Moro said. “Using our unique SKYACTIV Technology, Mazda has been able to achieve class-leading fuel efficiency in nearly every segment it competes in while remaining true to its core mission that Driving Matters.” Whether you choose a MX-5 Miata or the CX-9 SUV at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road, you’ll get a vehicle that’s fun to drive, offers superior comfort and delivers excellent fuel efficiency.
Designers Let Imagination Run Wild
With the latest generation Mazda Miata already available at Chapman Mazda and the RF retractable fastback coming to the showroom early next year, the designers at Mazda had a little time on their hands to let their hair down and create something special for the recent SEMA auto show. The result was two concept vehicles that take the Miata to another level. The MX-5 Miata Speedster Evolution hearkens back to the era of the 1950s open air roadster, weighing just a smidge over 2,000 pounds with a design that’s sure to bring a smile to classic car lovers. “With MX-5 Speedster Evolution, our goal was to further deliver the essence of what MX-5 has represented for the past 27 years–lightweight engineering and pure driving joy,” according to Mazda Design Manager Ken Saward. “In the future, we might see if there is anywhere else we could take out weight.”
The Mazda MX-5 RF Kuro takes many of the attributes of the MX-5 Global Cup racecar and adapts them for street driving. An adjustable suspension, dual piston front-brake calipers and a Satin Black Metallic paint job all scream “stealthy racer” in a vehicle that’s very well-suited for fun weekend drives. “We wanted to give MX-5 RF Kuro a stealth look to complement its sleek profile, providing subtlety and purpose,” Saward said. “As we move our brand in a direction we call ‘Mazda Premium,’ we want to embrace our longstanding motorsports heritage and reach forward with breathtaking designs like the MX-5 RF.”
Miata Takes Glass and Steel to Emotional Level
Buyers who take a first look at the new generation Mazda MX-5 Miata are forgiven if they get a little emotional. By using the Kodo – Soul of Motion design principle, Mazda designers have created a sports car that invokes a physical and psychological response from many people. A beautiful vehicle from any angle, industry reviewers consistently call the new Miata the best sports car available for the money. Starting in the mid-$20,000 range, the Miata is an affordable way to get the wind in your hair and forget all your troubles.
Three Trim Packages Available
When you stop in at your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda, to take a look at the Miata inventory, you’ll have three trim packages from which to choose. The Sport delivers as much fun as the higher price model, but lacks a few premium features. It still has LED headlights, daytime running lights, power mirrors, air conditioning and a great audio system. Choose the Club and you get the Mazda Connect infotainment system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and some upgraded trim. Choose the Grand Touring package if you want navigation and some other high-end amenities.
Minimizing Jerk Key to Smooth Ride
According to a recent article in Motor Trend magazine, one of the reasons the Mazda lineup is so popular is the company’s devotion to the Japanese theory of “Jinba Ittai.” Loosely translated as “horse and rider as one,” the principle is the reason that Mazda spends a lot of time and money studying the way people move. They then engineer vehicles that mimic that movement. When humans walk, the natural equilibrium reduces jerk. Mazda has created a successful vehicle line by minimizing the vertical jerk and moving the rear and front of car in unison. The car moves in much the same way a person moves, meaning long drives are less tiring and short rides are more comfortable. See how Jinba Ittai translates to driving dynamics by inspecting the Mazda inventory at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.
G-Vectoring Control Newest SKYACTIV Technology
By smoothing out the g force in sharp turns, Mazda’s new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) technology is minimizing neck jerk and turning average drivers into regular road racers. GVC is another piece of the SKYACTIV pie, which is Mazda’s overriding engineering philosophy of making all components work in concert with one another. By retarding the ignition timing slightly, g forces are reduced and a slight diagonal roll is induced to bring the vehicle smoothly through a turn. Motor Trend editors drove a Mazda with a GVC on/off switch installed, and noted that “the amount of steering required to negotiate a tight oval was noticeably increased with it off.” Aside from providing superior handling and saving wear and tear on your neck, one of the best things about GVC is that it adds no cost to a vehicle. It will be offered first on the Mazda6 sedan and then rolled out across the product line.
Mazda6 Offers Less Fatiguing Drive
The GVC offered in the 2017 Mazda6 means that whether you are driving your daily commute or taking a cross-country trip, at the end of the day you’ll be less fatigued. Although the changes are subtle, GVC provides a seamless power change that shifts the vehicle weight throughout the turn. Starting at just over $21,000, the Mazda6 comes in three different trim levels that all earn a very respectable 35 mpg on the highway. For just a hair over $30K you can buy the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model, which comes with a power moonroof, rain sensing wipers, LED headlights and fog lights heated front leather-trimmed seats that are power adjustable for both the driver and passenger. The list of standard features goes on, but you can see all that for yourself by taking a test drive at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.
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.
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.