2018 Mazda CX-5 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer With more than 100 different crossover/SUV models offered in the U.S., the shopping process can be downright daunting. We’ve been impressed by many of the utilitarian vehicles and one of our favorites in the compact segment is the Mazda CX-5….

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2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Test Drive

“2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD” All New ideally sized and refined compact Crossover The 2013 Mazda CX-5 five-passenger Crossover SUV was the first Zoom-Zoom family member to feature Mazda’s full array of SKYACTIV® technologies. It offered a view of the Japanese brand’s future, incorporating SKYACTIV® Technology and focusing on optimum fuel economy, while at…

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2017 Mazda CX-5 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer In the five years since the Mazda CX-5 debuted we’ve reviewed it on a couple of different occasions, and each time we hated to see it go. It’s one of those vehicles that we feel would make a nice permanent addition to our garage. Recently we had a chance to…

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2016 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD Test Drive

“2016 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring AWD” The ideally sized compact Crossover gains refinement Mazda developed the first member of the Zoom-Zoom family to incorporate the full array of SKYACTIV® technologies- the 2013 Mazda CX-5. It was and is a compact, five-passenger Crossover SUV. That first Mazda CX-5 represented a look into the future of the…

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2015 Mazda CX-5 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When the new Mazda CX-5 debuted about 18 months ago, it injected Skyactive® into the Mazda vocabulary and took the company in a fresh new direction. Most manufacturers develop a variety of systems for their drivetrains, suspensions, chassis, etc., and then put them together in the vehicle. The Mazda Skyactiv…

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2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring FWD Test Drive

“Mazda CX-5 for 2015: An ideally sized compact Crossover” Mazda developed the first member of the Zoom-Zoom family to incorporate the full array of SKYACTIV® technologies- the 2013 Mazda CX-5. It was and is a compact, five-passenger Crossover SUV. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 represented a look into the future of the Mazda brand. It embraced…

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Mudfest 2012 – Part 1

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer After two full days of driving briskly between hundreds of traffic cones, cruising along wooded back roads and wallowing through mud in 25 different SUVs, we marked our ballots for the Northwest Automotive Press Associations SUV of the Year Competition. Appropriated renamed “Mudfest” after a muddy, mucky inaugural event in…

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Mazda Unwraps Skyactive®, Kodo and CX-5 at Frankfurt

 Over the years, Mazda has been the innovator in breakthrough technology producing revolutionary new engines like the rotary and the Miller Cycle engine.  While neither those engine efforts have produced a significant marketing success, they have questioned conventional engine design. Mazda’s next new technology will debut in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, with…

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