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The 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a new subcompact crossover that provides a well-built interior and great driving dynamics, all packed into a curvy body with a small footprint. When you combine this with the amazing fuel mileage, all-wheel drive option and an array of standard features, there is no surprise that it is one of the top vehicles in its class.

The 2016 MX-3 is powered by a 4 cylinder 2.0-liter engine, which outputs 146 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. It comes only with a 6 speed automatic transmission, no optional manual transmission. Although front wheel drive comes standard, there is an option to get all-wheel drive.

The Mazda MX-3 will be available in three trims, the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The base Sport model includes a 7-inch infotainment system display screen, Bluetooth, rearview camera and push button start.

On the other end the top-end Grand Touring will include leather seats with suede inserts, 18-inch alloy wheels, satellite radio, navigation, sunroof, paddle shifters on the steering wheel, LED head and taillights. The starting price for the Grand Touring model is expected to be in the $26,000 range.

Mazda has not disappointed with the CX-3 driving capability. Once again it is one of the sportiest SUVs in the subcompact crossover class. With precise steering, nimble handling and great cornering ability, the CX-3 is a joy to drive even in off-road situations.

This class is not known for its speedy vehicles and the CX-3 has modest speeds but is ahead of most of the competition in this class. It will get up to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, faster than the Fiat 500X and the Chevy Trax. On the highway it is a bit under powered so any overtaking moves should be planned ahead.

In terms of ride quality, the CX-3 rates very high for its class. It absorbs ripples and small bumps fairly good but it can struggle with bigger bumps due to its shorter wheel base.

In terms of safety, no independent crash-test results were available to date but Mazda claims that the CX-3 will have superior crashworthiness that will lead the class. All CX-3s will have standard features like multiple airbags, traction control, antilock brakes and stability control.

The 4-door subcompact SUV CX-3 fits in just below the MX-5 in terms of price and size. It will go on sale later this summer in dealerships everywhere, including Chapman Mazda. The new CX-3 is expected to start in the low $20,000s.


Mazda Hits Refresh Button on Compact Crossover

Mazda is quickly developing a reputation for providing functional vehicles that are fun to drive. Starting with it’s “Zoom Zoom” advertising campaign at the turn of the 21st century, Mazda has put an emphasis on the driving experience. The new Mazda CX-5 continues that push with dynamic styling, responsive handling and enough available features to make the little crossover challenge the luxury car market. See how the CX-5 stacks up against other models at your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda.

Three Trim Levels Available

Depending on the size of your wallet and how much you enjoy modern technology, the CX-5 comes in the Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The base Sport model starts below $23,000 and features a manual transmission. Add another $10,000 to get up to the fully decked-out Grand Touring package that includes a power sunroof, Mazda Connect infotainment, Bose audio and a number of safety features designed to prevent collisions. Dynamic Cruise Control automatically slows the Mazda CX-5 down to adjust to the flow of traffic. Rear sensors warn you when cross-traffic poses a danger from behind.

MazdaConnect Offers Topo Maps

Along with the ability to use your smartphone apps in your vehicle, MazdaConnect offers navigation that features topographical maps. This allows you to determine if you want to choose a route that is mountainous or more level. A heads up display provides information important to driving within your sightline, just above the steering wheel. Other information, such as navigation and entertainment, is contained within the touchscreen just a short glance away. The command controller knob is designed to be used by feel and located within the console, just below the gearshifter. Mazda designed the entire infotainment system to be ergonomically efficient and a cohesive part of the entire driving experience.

Need More Room? Try CX-9

Although the CX-5 if a fun little crossover designed for singles, couples or families with small children, if you need more room you might consider the CX-9 when you visit Chapman Mazda. Still incorporating all the fun aspects of the “Zoom Zoom” corporate culture, the CX-9 offers an extra row of seats to accommodate up to seven passengers. A choice of more powerful engines, built-in DVD entertainment system and modern amenities make the CX-9 a great choice for road trips. It’s maneuverability and attention to economy adds to its allure as a viable urban commuter vehicle that can haul a load when needed.


Mazda launched its CX-5 crossover in 2012 and its significance was easily missed. Did the market really need another SUV in an already crowded market, even if it was a great one?

It was a gamble for Mazda, they were losing lots of money and were parting ways with Ford. It was not a good time for them.

The CX-5 had the all new SkyActive framework and engine, which was designed to be lighter and more efficient.

Mazda’s gamble paid off handsomely! After only being on the market for 3 years, the CX-5 has surpassed the 1 million sales mark. Only the MK1 3 hatchback made it to a million faster.

The CX-5 was the bestselling SUV in Japan in 2012 and 2013. It is now also being built in China, Russia Vietnam and Malaysia.

Mazda Ireland CEO Tony Howarth stated that the CX-5 has been significant in the Irish market. He mentioned that even though it was a do or die situation for Mazda when the CX-5 was introduced, they were confident it followed the company’s philosophy of producing cars based on 3 pillars – style, insight and spirited.

After the CX-5 was launched, Mazda had consecutive record profitability years. One of their main advantages was that they were able to solved the emissions and fuel economy problem by delivering a SUV that had close to hybrid performance with a standard gas engine.

Just before Mazda released the CX-5 they released the CX-7, which had a gas guzzling 2.3-liter turbo gas engine. Timing was bad as it was released in the middle of the global financial crisis and even when they introduced a diesel version, sales did not increase.

This is why the combination of performance and fuel economy was critical for the CX-5. Mazda’s engineers also made some improvements to production like utilizing computer numeric control machines which allows the machines to make many different parts instead of the one part they made before.

As a result of using these machines, production of engines went from 6 hours to a mere 1.5 hours.

Another efficiency that was introduced was the ability to make gas and diesel engines on the same manufacturing line, which offered even greater efficiencies.

Mazda plans to sell over 500 CX-5 SUVs in Ireland this year and with the introduction of the 2015 model, which has major improvements for the interior and exterior, strong orders are already coming in. The car is expected to go on sale in July at dealerships like Chapman Mazda this year.

Visit your Phoenix Mazda dealer today to learn more about the new Mazda CX-5.


Mazda 3

Utilizing SkyActiv technology, most of Mazda’s lineup is a hoot to drive whether you’re just buzzing around town or practicing your Euro rally moves on a desolated mountain road. Pumping out 184 horsepower while earning an eye-popping 40 mpg on the highway, the Mazda 3 provides excitement when you tear away from every stop light and pass another gas station. Starting at just under $17,000, the Mazda 3 is an affordable, fun alternative to big budget sports cars.

Mazda 6

Utlizing the same 2.5-liter engine as the Mazda 3, the Mazda 6 gets an identical 184 horsepower but has a little more interior room. Built from the bones of 45 years of knowledge gained from the endurance courses of Europe, the Mazda 6 utilizes a fine-tuned suspension, stability control and sleek aerodynamic design to provide an enhanced driving experience for people who like living life on the edge. Check out the complete line of sporty Mazda vehicles at your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda.

Mazda Miata

Topping out at 167 horsepower when paired with a manual transmission, the Mazda Miata remains the most affordable true sports car in the U.S. market. With a sticker price just below $24,000, this two-seater convertible is the lightest car ever described as “two tons of fun.” The Miata is listed on Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Coolest Cars Under $25,000” for the second consecutive year. The popularity of this little convertible converts into excellent resale value after 5 years.

MAZDASPEED Brings the Zoom Zoom

Mazda entered the racing circuits in 1967 with the Cosmo 110S and a desire to prove the viability of its rotary engine. In 1968, the Cosmo took a surprising fourth place in the Marathon de la Route at the grueling Nuerburgring track and the company was off to the races. MAZDASPEED accomplished what some thought was impossible in 1991 when it was the only Japanese automaker to ever capture the overall title at the 24 hours of Le Mans.

The past decade is loaded with wins by Mazda at all different types of racing events. The company uses the technology and other lessons learned from those races to create affordable production cars that provide a thrilling experience from behind the wheel. One of the latest accomplishments is the integration of the SkyActiv-D, a stock diesel engine into the racing and production lines. Take some time and visit Chapman Mazda to explore all the features that make Mazda the fun car company.


“Driving Matters” Emphasizes Joy Behind the Wheel

Tying in with Mazda’s long-running “Zoom Zoom” advertising campaign, “Driving Matters” will touch on all the different reasons why driving enhances your life. From safety and necessity to the sheer joy of crushing the corners in a mountain road, the new ads emphasize just how much your daily drive contributes to your lie. “Whether it’s for safety purposes or for maintaining our ‘fun to drive’ nature, it all comes down to the fact that driving matters to our customers and it matters to us,” said Mazda VP Russell Wager.

“Driver’s Life” Chronicles Major Moments

There are those special moments in everyone’s life like when you do your first solo drive, get your license or buy your first car that most people remember forever. Although the driver’s license pictures and vehicles change over the years, certain key moments stay with you until the day you die. “A Driver’s Life” runs in 30 and 60 second ad spots, hoping to help drivers remember those times that for one reason or another, a car was just about the most important thing in the world. If you see a Mazda in one of the ads you’d like to investigate further, head over to your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda, and take a test drive to create a special moment of your own.

Mazda Cars Built for Those Who Enjoy Driving

“Mazda makes cars for people who take pleasure in driving, and “Driving Matters” perfectly aligns with that philosophy,” said Harvey Marco, Garage Team Mazda creative director. “Through our creative process, it became evident that Mazda’s inspiration for pure driving enjoyment is something that relates to the typical car driver.” From the sporty Miata convertible to the family SUV CX-9, Mazda offers a vehicle for every situation. Innovative SkyActiv® technology provides a more efficient ride without sacrificing performance.

Zoom Zoom Indeed

The Mazda “Zoom Zoom” tagline has been in effect since 2000, emphasizing that you don’t have to pay a lot for a vehicle to have a little fun. The Driving Matters ad campaign latches onto that enthusiasm by symbolizing the stylish, insightful and spirited driving experience that comes with driving a new Mazda. Ads are already running on television and digital media, along with in movie theaters in print and social media. Come to Chapman Mazda at your next opportunity to experience exactly why “Driving Matters” and to keep the “Zoom Zoom” alive.