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 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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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer If some group would give an award to a manufacturer for great design and engineering excellence over the last five years, it should go to Mazda. The entire Mazda lineup has been redesigned and re-engineered with striking designs and the brilliant Skyactiv technology. We think one of the best Mazda…

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Mazda CX-9 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Just when we thought we’d found the best three-row crossover (the Audi Q7) a couple of months ago, the all-new Mazda CX-9 lands in our garage to drive for a week and forcing us to ask ourselves, ‘Is the Mazda better than the Audi?’ Good question. They both offer excellent…

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2016 Mazda CX-3 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Unlike many brands that have dozens of models in their lineup, hoping to appeal to every nook and cranny of the automotive market, Mazda has only seven. With the upcoming introduction of the new generation CX-9, all seven are a product of the KODO—Soul of Motion design school and are…

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2016 Mazda 6i Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer If you are in the market for a mid-size sedan you are fishing in a pond stocked with outstanding products and excellent values, often making the choice difficult. These are the bread and butter cars of the American, Asian and European manufacturers and there are more than a dozen choices…

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2016 Mazda6

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Sometimes lost in the skirmish between Camry, Accord, Altima and nearly a dozen others, the Mazda6 is often overlooked by mid-size sedan shoppers, however its distinctive styling and state-of-the-art engineering make it one of the best choices. All-new in 2012 the Mazda6 is the flagship sedan of a brand that…

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2015 Mazda CX-9 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer With a heritage leading back to a platform and drivetrain derived from the Ford Edge (that was when Mazda and Ford were still dating) the CX-9 is the odd fellow in the Mazda lineup which is comprised smaller agile cars. Nevertheless, the 2015 Mazda CX-9 remains relatively fresh and vibrant…

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2015 Mazda6 GT Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer One of the most difficult new car buying decisions is picking one from the mid-size sedan grouping. With cars like Accord, Altima, Camry, Chrysler 200, Fusion, Legacy, Malibu, Mazda6, Optima, Passat and Sonata the task can be daunting and darn right confusing. There are just as many ways to pick…

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2014 Mazda CX-9 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is something of an anomaly for a company that excels at building small agile cars with their innovative Skyactiv technology. While the Skyactiv technology is more minimalist in nature, the CX-9 leans more toward the other side of the spectrum – elegant and refined. More of…

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