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Top Honors in Four Categories

Mazda cleaned up during the latest “Consumer Guide” announcements for cars that are the best buy in their particular divisions. The Mazda 3 was the compact car winner, Mazda 6 took home the trophy in the midsize class, the MX-5 Miata scored first in the sporty/performance category and the popular CX-5 won the compact crossover/SUV division. You can test drive all these vehicles and see why they won by taking a trip to your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda.

Mazda 3 Blends Efficiency and Athleticism

Reviewers at Consumer Guide chose the Mazda 3 as the best buy in the competitive compact car category mainly because it is all things to all people. It is athletic, yet practical and provides great gas mileage. All those things combine to make it a perfect small family car or commuter vehicle. It is available as a sedan or a hatchback with two different engines that produce 155 and 184 horsepower. Consumer Guide was also enthralled with the number of standard features available on the Mazda 3, including a rearview camera. Optional packages include assistive driving safety features, such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Mazda 6 Styling and Sportiness Stands Alone

In the midsize category, the Mazda 6 delivers with fuel efficiency, dynamic design, supreme handling and loads of room in the interior. While most car makers have gone away from the manual transmission in their midsize sedans, the Mazda 6 still has a six-speed option if you want the fun of putting the car through its paces. The car comes in the base Sport, Touring and top-of-the-line Grand Touring configurations. It has all the available features of much more expensive sedans, including navigations, forward collision warning, heated front seats and keyless entry. Take a test drive with a visit to your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda.

CX-5 Provides Great Efficiency

For an SUV to get 30 mpg out on the open road is quite an accomplishment, but the love affair with the Mazda CX-5 doesn’t stop there. Consumer Guide editors love the “fun to drive character” of this compact utility vehicle, along with its value to the consumer. Interior materials have gone through an upgrade for 2016. Bluetooth is now standard, as is an electric emergency brake that replaces a cumbersome grab handle. There are also many new safety features available this year as Mazda joins the march toward assistive driving. The CX-5 comes with either front wheel or all-wheel drive, in case you want to test your skill out on a back trail.

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First to Receive New Award

With innovations like SKYACTIV Technology that integrates major vehicle components to work together more efficiently, Mazda is used to being ahead of the curve. It’s no surprise the company won the inaugural “Best Car Brand” from the editors at “U.S. News and World Report.” “The award is a testament to our efforts to develop segment-leading vehicles featuring the newest technology, premium materials and enhanced style – and that we’re creating vehicles that drivers want to drive,” said the president of Mazda’s North American division, Jim O’Sullivan. See the entire new Mazda inventory at Chapman Mazda.

Best Brand Utilizes Variety of Data Points

The editors at U.S. News and World Report analyze a number of different sources before awarding recognition to any vehicle. Overall ranking scores are determined using reviews from a number of credible consumer sources, including Kelley Blue Book, Motor Trend and Car and Driver. Along with reviews from automotive buffs, U.S. News also dissects safety and reliability data before coming to any decisions. Both the Mazda CX-9 and Mazda 5 had won awards from U.S. News earlier this year for being “Best SUV” and “Best Minivan” for the money, respectively.

Banner Year for Mazda North America

With the introduction of the totally revamped MX-5 Miata and the release of the new CX-3 compact SUV, Mazda is crushing sales records this year. Yahoo Autos named the new CX-3 the “Savvy Ride of the Year.” This award is based on a combination of value plus common sense, according to the web giant. They try to determine the most affordable car that delivers on their set of criteria, which basically boils down to a vehicle you’ll enjoy driving for the term of your loan. The CX-3 scored with major tech features that were options in more expensive vehicles. Yahoo also loved an interior that didn’t feel cheap, and the excellent gas mileage. The CX-3 is certainly holding its own as part of the new Mazda inventory, selling almost 1,400 vehicles in October. Take the little SUV for a ride and see what’s to love when you visit Chapman Mazda.

Mazda Lineup Provides Lots of Options

Whether you love the open air experience of driving with the top down in the new Miata or anxiously await the arrival of the redesigned CX-9 SUV next summer, the new Mazda inventory provides a wide variety of choices. The Mazda 3 won the title of “Most Loved” vehicle, offering a choice of a four door sedan or five-door hatchback, both starting well under $20,000.

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U.S. Auto Market Continues Strong Pace

With the United States automotive market continuing on a record setting sales pace, Mazda announced a 35.4 percent increase for October of 2015 over the previous year. The midsize CX-5 crossover vehicle led the way by moving 9,264 units, a 54 percent increase over the previous year. The popular Mazda 3 sedan also had an impressive month by selling 8,342 vehicles, or a 15 percent jump over 2014. America continued to show its love for SUVs as the large CX-9 had its best October since 2011 with sales totaling 1,484. See the complete Mazda inventory lineup today with a visit to Chapman Mazda.

New MX-5 Miata a Hit With Consumers

When Mazda gave the sporty little Miata a refresh for the 2016 model year, it created a more aggressive look with the hope of attracting more male buyers. The strategy apparently paid off, as sales rose 278 percent over the previous year. Although it kept many features that make a Miata a Miata, like the round heritage lamps, the new MX-5 is lower and shorter than its predecessors, producing a lean look of balled up energy. The new car is 148 pounds lighter with a lower center of gravity, making it quicker through corners and providing greater stability. Put the top down and take a ride at Chapman Mazda to really experience what open air driving is all about.

CX-3 Making Impressive Debut

Mazda’s smallest SUV, the CX-3 is only in its third month of sales but is making a real impression in the compact market. The little SUV sold almost 1,400 vehicles in October. By utilizing SKYACTIV technology, all of the vehicle’s components work together to deliver top performance and maximum fuel efficiency. Small design details like moving the rear seats closer together encourage conversation between front and rear passengers. Push button start and the Mazda Connect infotainment system are standard equipment on the CX-3, which delivers a lot of bang for the buck. Don’t pass over the CX-3 when you examine the entire Mazda inventory.

Mazda Leads Nation in Fuel Efficiency

With the Mazda inventory averaging 27.1 miles per gallon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes Mazda as the most fuel-efficient automaker in the United States. The Mazda3 leads the way with 41 mpg on the highway, but even the large CX-9 seats seven people and still gets 24 mpg out on the open road. It’s this commitment to efficiency along with innovative design that has Mazda crushing sales records every month.

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Roadster Concepts Revealed at Auto Show

The annual SEMA auto show is a place for automakers to show off crazy concept vehicles which usually are a one-off affair. But some concepts actually get made, which may be the case for the wildly popular Mazda MX-5 Spyder and Speedster. Based on the Miata, these two concept vehicles incorporate the design of classic roadsters that emphasized the fun and excitement of open-air driving. Mazda utilized a Skyactiv 2.0-liter engine with variable valve timing for both vehicles, providing plenty of power for cars that weigh just over 2,000 pounds. Although the Speedster and Spyder aren’t available for sale yet, the popular Miata is ready for your test drive at Chapman Mazda.

Mazda Miata Provides Canvas for Concept Cars

“Both the MX-5 Spyder and MX-5 Speedster are uncompromising designs that highlight the core strengths of MX-5,” according to Ken Saward, the design manager for Mazda North America. “The all-new 2016 MX-5 served as a blank canvas for our design team to create some truly one-of-a-kind cars, yet our SEMA concepts remain true to more than 25 years of MX-5 heritage.” The Spyder is the heavier of the two vehicles, weighing in at 2,301 pounds. The Mercury Silver exterior paint pairs well with the natural Spinneybeck leather. For the 2,080-pound Speedster, Mazda chose a Blue Ether paint and carbon fiber seats with black trim.

No Longer Just a “Chick” Car

Once considered just a sports car for women, the muscular build of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata appeals equally to both sexes. Sports cars are supposed to have rear wheel drive and the Miata accommodates with near perfect weight distribution. Add in the 155-horsepower 2.0-liter engine and either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and you have what “Car and Driver” magazine calls “pure bliss.” Head to your Phoenix Mazda dealer, Chapman Mazda and examine the three different trim levels for yourself. The base Sport is filled with standard features like LED headlights, air conditioning, power windows and a six-speaker sound system. Move up to the Club version and you add the Mazda Connect entertainment system with a Bose sound system. The Grand Touring model is still just a hair over $30,000 and provides everything the other two trim packages have plus leather, heated seats, navigation, blind spot monitoring and other sensor-related safety features.

2016 Version Lighter Than Previous Year

By dropping 148 pounds from the previous model year, the new Miata is leaner and quicker than ever before. Head over to your Phoenix Mazda dealer and see just how much fun you can have in two seats.