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‘Car and Driver’ Loves Entire Mazda Lineup

With a wide variety of vehicles going through their review program at any one given time, it’s impressive that the editors at Car and Driver magazine say the company they’re most impressed with is Mazda. “If we could marry a car company at this very moment, there’s little question it would be Mazda,” wrote the magazine’s Jeff Sabatini. Car and Driver is particularly in love with the Mazda CX-9 SUV, which was redesigned for 2016 and is part of the magazine’s long-term test program. Take a test drive and see just how impressive the new CX-9 is by taking a trip to Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Drives Smaller Than its Size

If you’re looking for a vehicle that fits seven people but doesn’t drive like a land yacht, consider the new Mazda CX-9. “On the road, the Mazda is in another league…with a tautness to its suspension that allows it to drive smaller than its size,” Sabatini wrote. “The CX-9 feels comparatively low to the ground and has quick sedan-like steering.” The turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces more torque than competitors, especially at low engine revolutions. This means you can get a jump off the line and merge onto freeways quickly, or pass those big trucks on long mountain runs.

CX-9 Comes in Four Trim Packages

If Mazda capability is something for which you yearn but you don’t want to break the bank, you can buy the Sport model of the Mazda CX-9 for just a shade over $20,000. You still get the seven-passenger seating, LED head and taillights, power everything, remote entry and a touch screen display. Move up to the Touring model for a power liftgate and heated side mirrors, while the Grand Touring model includes 20-inch alloy wheels and a power moonroof. The Signature model starts at $44,015, but comes with a long list of features including leather-trimmed seats and all-wheel drive.

Soul of Motion Design Provides Sophisticated Athleticism

Did you ever watch an athlete who makes everything look easy? That’s part of the theory behind Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy. The Mazda CX-9 is a sophisticated-looking vehicle that delivers an air of composure and prestige even when it’s sitting in a parking lot. An elongated hood leads into a tapered roofline that is accentuated by sculpted sides to create an elegant design. Check out the beauty and simplicity of the CX-9 when you take a test drive at Chapman Mazda on Bell Road.

Push a button and roof goes down. Push a button and roof goes up. If you can ever tear yourself away from playing with the retractable roof of the new Mazda MX-5 Miata RF and take the car out of your driveway, you’ll find that the RF in the vehicle’s name stands for “Really Fun.” It’s understandable to be mesmerized by the roof action, after all, it took Mazda engineers countless hours to figure out how to put a solid metal roof into the same spot previously occupied by foldable metal top. The fact that they designed a system that accomplishes that feat in just 13 seconds is, well, mesmerizing. Check in with the pros at Chapman Mazda to see about a test drive of the new MX-5 RF. You’ll be amazed at how much fun is packed in such a small, affordable car.

Mazda Engineers RF to be One With Driver

“Jinba Ittai” is a 900-year-old Japanese tradition that describes the symbiotic relationship between a horse and rider. It’s the founding principle on which Mazda designs all its vehicles, and has never been more evident than in the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. The RF is a driver’s car, with near-perfect balance between the front and rear weight to the rigid, lightweight chassis. Rear-wheel drive means traction improves as you step on the gas and the energy flows to the rear. The balance of the design means you will flow through corners as one with your car, not end up fighting it every step of the way. It is a connection between person and machine that all automakers strive for, but few achieve.

Performance Same as Miata You Know and Love

The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF has the same engine and transmission that was made popular by the soft-top Miata, consistently recognized as the best sports car available for the price. The 2.0L SKYACTIV delivers a peppy 155 horsepower, more than enough to create some thrills in this 2,000 pound roadster. The combination of weight and power also delivers 35 mpg on the highway, probably not your first consideration when choosing a sports car, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to pass a few gas stations when you’re out tooling around the countryside. You can choose the short-throw manual 6-speed transmission if you really want to get involved in the driving, or opt for a 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Whatever you choose, make sure and check in with Chapman Mazda today to schedule a test drive in the new RF. They’ll let you take as much time as you want watching the top go up and down.