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KBB Likes Mazda3 and CX-3

Noted consumer website KBB.com 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 KBB.com’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. KBB.com 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 KBB.com 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 KBB.com 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.

CX-9 Takes Bland Out of Family Haulers

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Responsive Handling Makes Practical SUV Fun

When it comes right down to it, sports cars are a barrel of fun, but chances are you’ll eventually need some place to put the luggage, the dog and possibly a couple of kids. The 2016 Mazda CX-9 has a place for all that stuff while providing a dynamic driving experience that doesn’t back away from a few mountain curves. Redesigned for this model year, the CX-9 has the look of a luxury SUV at a fraction of the price. Add the 20-inch premium wheels to the KODO-Soul of Motion Mazda design philosophy and this is an SUV that will stand out at any country club in the world. Chapman Mazda on Bell Road is the perfect place for a test drive to see how the CX-9 fits into your needs.

Rich Materials Create Sophisticated Interior

The use of upscale materials and quality craftsmanship make the Mazda CX-9 interior a comfortable and sophisticated place to relax on your daily commute or family vacation. Step up to the Signature model and you’ll find Nappa leather seats, rosewood trim and brushed aluminum adornments. Take a close look at how tight all the seams and gaps, as well as the perfect alignment of the trim pieces.

Four Models Offer Choice of Features and Price

Starting at just $31,250, the Mazda CX-9 Sport delivers seating for seven that adjusts to make room for odd-sized cargo. It comes with a 2.5L engine that uses SKYACTIV technology to deliver 250 horsepower and still earn 28 mpg on the highway. The Touring model adds some other features, like a power rear gate, heated outside mirrors and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Step on up to the Grand Touring model and you get the 20-inch wheels, power moonroof, automatic headlights, rain sensing windshield wipers and much more. The Signature is the top of the model line. The Nappa leather, LED grille accent lighting, rosewood trim and LED fog lights are just scratching the surface of all the extras delivered on this luxurious SUV. The Signature model also comes with standard all-wheel drive.

Auto Reviewers Love CX-9

The CX-9 is one of the best reviewed models of the year. “Car and Driver” said, “The cabin’s clean design imparts a rich, premium feel.” The editors at “Motor Trend” thinks Mazda has just set the standard for family transportation. “Like its SUV of the Year-winning predecessor, this new family machine might reset the bar for fun-to-drive, efficient family transportation.” See what has the entire industry impressed by examining the CX-9 inventory at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Mazda3 Hatchback Honored for Total Quality

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Mazda3 Honored for Overall Holistic Experience

When the research consultancy group “Strategic Vision” started weeding through the contestants for it small car “Total Quality Award,” the judges used an evaluation process that looked at the overall holistic experience, both positive and negative, that each car brings to the consumer. The categories examined included reliability, customer service, the total driving experience and how the car evokes an emotional response from the customer. In a press release, the company said the “Mazda3 hatchback surpasses all its competition by delivering more than is expected in a segment that is often just more functional than delivering extra touches. Its overall profile of what is delivered for the price creates value and a positive image.” See what kind of emotional response the Mazda3 hatchback creates in you by taking a drive to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Spirited Design Makes Driving Fun

Employing the spirited KODO – Soul of Motion design philosophy on all its vehicles, Mazda has turned the mundane hatchback into a work of art. From its long sloping hood to the subtly sculpted sides, the 2016 Mazda3 hatchback is as engaging as it is efficient. Be prepared for this eye-catching beauty to turn heads whether you’re motoring down the highway or stopped for one of those infrequent fuel fill-ups. As beautiful as the exterior the looks, the interior is just as attractive. Superior craftsmanship creates a sophisticated feel from the tight fit and finish to the upscale materials. KODO design is a Japanese philosophy that’s inspired by the quiet focus of an animal stalking its dinner. The Mazda3 is ready to capture your heart with a look that exudes power, energy and poise.

Awesome Performance Combines With Superb Efficiency

There are five different models of the Mazda3 hatchback that offer two different engines. The base engine is the 2.0L SKYACTIV 4 cylinder that delivers 155 horsepower while achieving 40 mpg on the highway. If you want a few more horses under the hood, step up to the 2.5L engine for 184 horsepower and 39 mpg. The larger engine comes standard in the S Touring and S Grand Touring trim packages. Along with the larger engine, the “S” models come with 18-inch wheels, steering wheel paddle shifters and a sport trim package that delivers a little more flair. The S Grand Touring also has LED taillights and running lights, along with an adaptive headlight system that leads the way as you drive around dark corners. Check out the entire Mazda3 inventory with a visit to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

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Monitoring Driver Inputs Adjust Torque

As automakers move more and more to features that making driving effortless, there are some who say that all the fun is going out of the ability to make a car do things that other people can’t. Mazda, with its fun-to-drive philosophy, is giving back some of the control to drivers with their new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) technology. Mazda vehicles constantly take readings on the driver’s steering wheel usage, then communicate to the engine to reduce torque. That slight change shifts weight to the front, which tightens up the suspension and improves handling. The result is fewer steering wheel corrections and a more dynamic driving experience. See GVC in action for yourself by taking a test drive at your Phoenix Mazda dealerChapman Mazda on Bell Road.

MX-5 RF Retractable Hardtop Now in Fourth Generation

For people who like a little thrill in their driving experience without breaking the bank on some gazillion-horsepower sports car, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been the go to vehicle. With its sporty performance, industry experts consistently choose the MX-5 as the most affordable sports car on the planet. Prior to the RF model, you had your choice of a retractable soft top or a removable hard top. People now have the option of a retractable hardtop, which easily converts the closed to coupe to an open-air roadster, than just as easily goes back to a hard top coupe if the weather turns bad. “I hope the launch of the MX-5 RF will awaken hidden emotions and dormant sensibilities among our customers,” said Nobuhiro Yamamoto, MX-5 Program Manager, “and with these two MX-5 models, I hope we can help introduce the joy of driving a convertible sports car to a wider audience and help even more people live rich, fun-filled lives.”

Key Philosophies Make RF Appealing

Mazda has incorporated a few key philosophies in the Miata RF to appeal to all ages and demographics. First, the appealing fastback with a smooth line that joins the roof to the rear is a sports car basic that complements the tear drop design of the cockpit. The Miata RF is the same overall length and width of the popular soft top model, although it is 5mm lower in height. Real Nappa leather gives both a comfortable and sophisticated feeling to the interior. It tells the driver that this is a car of value. A headliner that absorbs sound keeps the outside noise on the outside, allowing the superior stereo system to envelope the driver and passenger in music. See how the MX-5 RF comes together to create a superior driving machine by visiting Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

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Compact Crossover Delivers the Goods

Whether you want a beautiful and efficient vehicle filled with luxury features or a tough little off-road mudder that holds its own against more aggressive looking four-wheelers, you must consider the Mazda CX-3. When the Mazda CX-3 hit the nation’s highways last year, it impressed consumers and auto reviewers alike with its KODO – Soul of Motion design and available amenities like radar cruise control, leather and suede seats and a heads up active driving display. The vehicle was nominated for best World Car Design by 73 journalists who fell in love with the dynamic handling, comfortable ride and low price tag. The 2017 Mazda CX-3 will be making its way to the showroom at Chapman Mazda this July.

i-ACTIV All-wheel Drive Earns Mudfest Victory

You can imagine the snickers from the Jeeps and Range Rover lovers of the world when the little CX-3 pulled up to the starting line at the annual Northwest Automotive Press Association Mudfest last year. They weren’t laughing for long as the CX-3 used its predictive i-ACTIVE drive system that automatically delivers power to the wheel that needs it the most to win its class.

Price Remains Same This Year

The starting suggested retail price for the 2017 Mazda CX-3 is $19,960, same as for the 2016 model. There are few changes from the previous year.  The 18-inch alloy wheels that were only standard on the Grand Touring model are now also included with the Touring trim package. Mazda’s suite of i-ACTIVESENSE driver assistance safety features has come down significantly this year, now $1,170 as opposed to $1,920 for 2016.

Powerful SKYACTIV Engine Provides Punch

All Mazda CX-3 models come with the SKYACTIV 2.0L engine that uses a higher compression ratio than other motors to deliver a peppy 146 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard on all trim levels, with a Sport mode to deliver a little quicker response when it’s time to challenge those curvy country roads. The Sport trim level is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system that responds to voice commands, keyless entry, power mirrors and locks, air conditioning and an outstanding six-speaker stereo. The Touring model has heated outside mirrors, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Choose the top-of-the-line Grand Touring model to get LED headlights and fog lights, navigation and paddle shifters. See the new CX-3 when it comes to Chapman Mazda in a couple of weeks.