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‘Car and Driver’ Gives Mazda6 High Marks

When the editors at “Car and Driver” compare vehicles, they put them through the ringer with a series of tests that include performance, design, fit and finish and ride quality, among others. Calling the Mazda6 a “beautiful car” which incorporated their “favorite design” both inside and out, the editors named the midsize sedan a clear winner against the Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. “Unlike the Accord or Malibu, this is a car that belongs on 19-inch wheels,” they wrote, adding that the cabin looks upscale “no matter where the eyes wander.” For the largest Mazda6 inventory in the Valley, head over to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Editors Rave About Virtually Every Feature

Normally when the editors at ‘Car and Driver’ do a test comparison, they find that some cars are better at some things than others before declaring an overall winner. In the case of this comparison, they raved about virtually every feature on the Mazda6, from the auto up/down on four windows to the folding rear seats and wide trunk opening. The Mazda6 had the quickest times while also delivering the greatest fuel economy, the result of Mazda’s famous SKYACTIV technology. The car is a quiet commuter most of the time, but press the “Sport” button and it comes alive, roaring around the track and pushing the gears to their limits.

Mazda6 Scores High in Acceleration and Fun Factor

When you look over the Mazda6 inventory at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road, remember that this car scored high in virtually every category, but earned a perfect mark in quarter-mile acceleration and fuel economy. Those are two diametrically-opposed functions that logic would say cannot work together, but the engineers at Mazda have made it happen. The car also scored high in performance, steering feel, driver comfort, rear-seat space, trunk space, fit and finish and styling. It also won the “fun to drive” category going away.

i-ACTIVSENSE Provides Driver Assistance Safety Features

The i-ACTIVESENSE system is Mazda’s term for the suite of sensor and camera-related safety features that help drivers avoid collisions. Radar cruise control helps you keep a safe distance from the car in front, while lane assist warns if you’re drifting out of your place on the road. Smart brake support alerts you of an impending collision, then takes charge if you fail to act. See all the safety features for yourself at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

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Midsize SUV Delivers Premium Driving Excitement

Wrapped inside the KODO Soul of Motion design of the revamped Mazda CX-9 is a performance driving machine that puts the fun back into your daily commute. This three-row SUV is filled with standard features that make everyday errands a pleasure. “With the 2016 Mazda CX-9, we have lofty expectations, raising the bar with a quieter, smoother ride; a quicker, more responsive powertrain; and numerous other improvements,” according to Mazda North America senior vice president Robert Davis. “Mazda CX-9 is our flagship and portends a future of innovative technologies and amenities that we believe will further elevate our vehicles in their respective classes.” For the largest inventory and best deal on the Mazda CX-9, talk to the pros at Chapman Mazda.

Choose From Four Different Trim Packages

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 comes in four different models, all with a little different flavor and price point for a discerning buyer. The Sport model features standard LED exterior lighting, an electronic parking brake, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and rearview camera. The Touring model adds some driver assistance features such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert along with keyless entry, power front seats and larger touchscreen. Move up to the Grand Touring model and you get 20-inch wheels, adaptive front-lighting which illuminates around corners and more driver safety features. The Signature model is the top of the spectrum and features Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system to help you maintain control when conditions get dicey. The Sport model starts at $31,520, while the Signature trim package begins at $44,015.

SKYACTIV-G Engine Delivers Power and Efficiency

All the Mazda CX-9 trim packages are powered by the same SKYACTIV-G 2.5T motor that delivers 250 horsepower and a seat crushing 310 pound feet of torque. Along with superior performance and the power to cruise up long hills, the engine is also leading its class in efficiency. The Mazda  CX-9 rates at 28 mpg on the highway, 22 in the city and a combined 25 mpg. “Part of our focus during developing the new Mazda CX-9 was on ‘effortless transition’ – the idea of juggling being a parent with an on-the-go lifestyle and then having a vehicle that can accommodate enjoying a weekend getaway with your significant other,” Davis said. “Whether you need the space of just prefer its design and elegance, we believe Mazda CX-9 is an exceptional vehicle that will delight many new and returning customers to the Mazda brand.” Visit Chapman Mazda to see why the new Mazda CX-9 is the perfect SUV for families or commuters.

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‘Car and Driver’ Picks Mazda6 as Best Mid-size Sedan

Calling it a “solidly built, well-executed and fun-to-drive vehicle that delivers a level of satisfaction well beyond what’s expected in a family sedan,” the editors at “Car and Driver” magazine choose the Mazda6 as the top mid-size sedan of the year. After undergoing a makeover for 2016, the Mazda6 features a more neatly organized cabin and a few changes to the aerodynamic body. Overall, the changes were minimal, which will be good news to a buying public already in love with the overall sportiness of the vehicle. If you’re looking for a Mazda6 for sale, head over to Chapman Mazda.

Don’t Overlook the Manual Gearbox

Although the automatic is a seamlessly shifting monster that makes driving easy, don’t overlook the six-speed manual transmission that adds a level of playfulness to this car. True, you may have to abandon your dreams of living in two-door vehicle heaven thanks to the addition of a couple of kids and a dog, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a car that’s fun to drive. With well-placed pedals and a shifter that begs you to power through the gears, the Mazda6 comes from the same DNA as the sporty Miata. When looking at a Mazda6 for sale, you’ll notice that they all come with the SKYACTIV 2.5L four-cylinder engine. It pumps out a respectable 184 horsepower which delivers a highway rating of 37 mpg.

Mazda6 Piles Up Awards

The Mazda6 is one of the most honored mid-size sedans on the market, winning awards for appeal by JD Powers and being named a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Edmunds.com gave the sedan an “A” rating, and it was also honored by Kelley Blue Book as one of the most affordable cost-to-own vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency proved that a car doesn’t have to run on electric to be kind to the planet, picking Mazda as the most fuel-efficient automaker for the third year in a row.

All Mazda Vehicles are Made From Racing

With 45 years experience on the endurance racing circuit, Mazda has taken all it knows from wins at LeMans and Daytona to create vehicles that are responsive and provide a thrilling driving experience. They learn what works and what doesn’t, keeping the best and throwing away the rest. The Mazda6 is a major beneficiary from all the racing knowledge, which you can experience for yourself with a test drive at Chapman Mazda.