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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2018 Mazda6 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer One of the things we like about Mazda vehicles is their obsession improvement. That’s not to say other manufacturers aren’t improving their cars, it’s just that Mazda doesn’t to wait around for a new generation to make changes, they just do it. For example, for 2018 Mazda is giving their…

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2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Since inception in 1990 the Miata has revolutionized the classic two-seat sports car. Sports cars with names like MG, Triumph and Austin Healy had often been impetus of dreams of young and old Americans, but their reputations for poor reliability and practicality made for limited sales….

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2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door Test Drive

“2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring 5-Door” Mazda3 best selling vehicle globally The Mazda3 heads into 2018 with only subtle exterior modifications, but with new standard equipment and features as well as updated packages. The popular Mazda is still available in two body configurations – a 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatch. There are also still two…

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2018 Mazda3 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer We are ‘old timers’ in the auto writer business, having reviewed new cars for about 27 years. The most interesting thing about being in the business that long is seeing how much the cars continue to advance and how good most all the new cars are. A good example of…

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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 RF Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When we reviewed the Mazda MX-5 roadster about six months ago we reported that the distinctive new RF version was starting to arrive at dealerships. A couple of weeks ago the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF arrived in our driveway, and we had a chance to see what the RF…

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD Test Drive

“2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD” An Exceptional 3-Row, 7-Passenger SUV Mazda’s CX-9 made its world debut back in 2006, and regardless of what category one chooses to place it in, it was recognized as one of the best SUV / Crossover / Minivan / Station Wagons in its class. Incidentally, the Mazda CX-9 is categorized…

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Sometimes when we drive a new car the second time, we find that it’s not as good as we originally thought, or that the latest offering of competitors has jumped ahead. That is NOT the case for the 2017 Mazda CX-9. By looks alone, the Mazda CX-9 is a head…

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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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