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2019 Mazda CX Series Score Top SUV Picks

Thursday, July 25th, 2019
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When it comes to SUVs, Mazda is crushing the competition. Find out why Edmunds fell in love with the 2019 Mazda CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9.

Mazda SUVs Take Top 3s

SUVs continue to dominate in the American automotive market, and Mazda’s lineup is widely regarded as some of the best of the best.

The iconic Edmunds automotive information service puts out several lists of their top car, truck and SUV picks every year. Mazda made a strong showing in this year’s collection.

The 2019 CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 each took some of the top slots in four different SUV categories, making Mazda proud.

If you’re looking for a great SUV, whether you need a sporty subcompact or family-friendly larger choices, look no further than the Mazda name. 

2019 Mazda CX-9 – Best 3-Row Family SUV

2019 Mazda CX-9 – “Best 3-Row SUVs for Families”

Topping the list of “Best 3-Row SUVs for Families,” the 2019 Mazda CX-9 gave the automaker a commanding start. Edmunds was clearly a huge fan of the third-row SUV. Edmunds praised the CX-9’s “dynamic driving demeanor” as well as the luxurious design and styling of both the interior and exterior. 

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Despite being a family-suited SUV, the CX-9 does not lack for power. The turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine was a big hit with reviewers, who noted that it provides plenty of torque at a moment’s notice for easy acceleration. 

Though one of the larger vehicles on the market, you wouldn’t know it once you got behind the wheel and went for a spin. Edmunds said that the CX-5 feels much smaller than it truly is, making winding roads that might scare away other SUVs an exciting prospect. 

The CX-5 did come with one caveat: the interior is not as spacious as some SUVs, especially so in the third-row and cargo areas. Edmunds calmed concerns, however, by saying that the well-designed dashboard layout and high-quality materials more than make up for a little less space. 

Edmunds summed up the CX-9 by saying it is an ideal choice for those looking to cruise around town with powerful performance while sitting alongside family members in style.

2019 Mazda CX-5 – “Best 2-Row SUVs for Families” and “Best Compact SUVs”

2019 Mazda CX-5 – Best 2-Row Family, Compact SUV

2019-Mazda-CX-5--2.5L turboNot just leading the pack in three-row behemoths, Edmunds believed that Mazda had the answer for somewhat smaller SUVs as well. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 took second place for family-friendly two-row SUVs as well as compact SUVs in general. For those seeking a sporty, stylish SUV that still has space for cargo and family, at the cost a little function, Edmunds said the CX-5 is the top choice. 

In some ways, the CX-5 is a hybrid, merging the performance of smaller cars, the luxury of more expensive offerings and the space of an SUV. Edmunds said the driving experience felt “more like a sports sedan than an SUV,” and that the interior design rivaled that of luxury-level automobiles. The car site also praised the breathtaking exterior, calling it “beautiful to behold.”

The hit in this case is that the CX-5 gave up a bit of practicality for that premium look and feel. Other SUVs offer slightly more cargo space and rear passenger comforts. However, Edmunds said that the CX-5 “stirs your soul when you’re on the move” in a way that should make up for such slight issues. 

With SUVs often being rather boring to command, driving one that brings excitement is a big draw. That energizing experience can be improved even further by throwing in the available turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. With 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged CX-5 offers serious strength and agility. 

2019 Mazda CX-3 – Best Subcompact SUV

2019 Mazda CX-3 – “Best Subcompact SUVs”

Rounding out Mazda’s award-winning SUV collection was the CX-3, the little brother to beefier offerings. The CX-3 took second place for the subcompact SUV category. 

The CX-5 followed the trend set by the other Mazda SUVs in the list. Edmunds praised the impressive performance the CX-5 packs into a small package. The car site loved the thrill provided by the subcompact SUV, saying that it will “get your heart pounding every once in a while,” something that competitors just can’t provide. left side of red mazda cx-3

This chest-thumping ability is provided by handling that makes the CX-5 feel more like a racer than a cargo hauler. Fuel economy was also a strong point for the subcompact SUV.

The catch, once again, is that the CX-5 isn’t quite as open as other SUVs. Edmunds found the back seat cramped and the cargo capacity a little lacking. 

If you’re looking for something that feels great to drive that still offers SUV-tier space and cargo capacity, the CX-5 will thrill. 

Ready to roll out in one of Edmunds’ favorite family- and small-sized SUVs? Try out a new CX-3, CX-5 or CX-9 today at Puente Hills Mazda! 

Mazda CX-5: Signature Features, Small Price

Monday, June 17th, 2019
Red Mazda CX-5 by mountains

Mazda is doubling down on their reputation for premium vehicles at an affordable price. Here’s why the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is worth the price, and then some.

CNBC Meets CX-5

Mazda vehicles have long been known as fun yet affordable. Providing sleek looks and feel with substantial savings versus their competition is where Mazda truly shines. This year the automaker is taking that motto to new heights with the Mazda CX-5 Signature. In a review from CNBC, Mack Hogan dropped details on why the CX-5 is such a stunner.

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Red Mazda cx-5 vehicle in the city

Hogan’s Highlights

Hogan began his review by stating that while the CX-5 carries a price tag higher than some of the competition, it offers far more options and a very enticing interior.

Hogan detailed many of the great featured tech and amenities the CX-5 sports, and it was quite a list. Driving assistance supports such as a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, radar cruise control and blind spot monitoring made his highlights.
Interior tech such as a heads-up display, a Bose sound system as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also made the list. Not to be left out, heated and cooled front seats and a heated steering wheel also achieved praise.

Impressive Inside and Out

Next, Hogan was pleased with the Mazda CX-5’s impressive interior. Noting the inside design is best-in-class, he said that the crossover crushed the competition. “Satin chrome trimming, layered wood and supple brown Nappa leather” combined to create a truly tasteful entry-level experience. Hogan rated the interior a 4.5 out of 5.
Calling the Mazda CX-5 “one of the best looking SUVs on sale today in any price point,” Hogan was a huge fan of the CX-5’s exterior design. He stated that the inclusion of rich Machine Gray Metallic paint alongside new alloy wheels on the Signature trim made the CX-5 even more appealing. Hogan gave the exterior a 4.5 out of 5, saying that the CX-5 Signature “looks every dollar of its near-$40,000 price tag”.

Driving

Taking the crossover out for a spin, the CX-5 remained one of Hogan’s heroes. He praised the impressive steering and control the CX-5 is known for and continues to provide. “It loves to hustle down twisty roads, but now it’s got the oomph to power out of corners thanks to a new engine.”
The CX-5 Signature is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cyl. engine that brought 227 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque to Hogan’s test run. Hogan noted that unlike the past, the 2019 CX-5 Signature has plenty of get up and go thanks to all that torque under the hood. “Through broken-up highways or tight hairpins, the CX-5 is comfortable, fast and fun in all situations.”
Another improvement from the past was updated noise isolation. Hogan noted the engine featured better muffling, road noise was less apparent and the sleek outer shell cut down on wind whipping. As a whole, Hogan gave the driving experience a 4.5 out of 5.

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Mazda cx-5 fine interior

Affordable, Attractive, Awesome

Though he noted the high price multiple times, Hogan felt that the CX-5 Signature was more than worth the price. In fact he gave the affordability of the crossover a 5 out of 5. Hogan summed up his praise with a shining commendation for the CX-5, awarding it a 4.6 out of 5 overall. “It’s a league above cars like the Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue in terms of desirability, interior quality and driving experience.”

Ready to get behind the wheel of one of the best compact crossovers in the market? Check out our 2019 CX-5 selection today at Puente Hills Mazda!

Mazda Quietly Announces Skyactiv-X Commercial Plans, RWD Layouts

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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Straight-six engines and rear-wheel drive are ready for a big comeback at Mazda.

The Straight-Six Shows Itself

Earlier this month, Roadshow and Jalopnik reported that an investor presentation uncovered on Mazda’s website big changes coming to the carmaker’s lineup. The presentation, dubbed “Fiscal Year 2019 March Results,” revealed several interesting developments from the carmaker.

The first big revelation was that Mazda plans to shake up their engine production game with a Skyactiv-X straight-six engine making its way to the masses. Roadshow described the Skyactiv-X as, “Mazda’s trick engine tech that has a gas engine combusting fuel through compression like a diesel would, albeit with some tweaks like requiring a small spark to kick-start the process.” Next month, European drivers should finally have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of Skyactiv-X Mazda offerings. Americans will have to wait, with no word yet on States-side release.

Mazda SKYACTIV XWhile this is the first news of the engine making its way to the hands of consumers, Mazda has played around with the idea for some time. At the 2018 LA Auto Show, Mazda revealed their 2019 Mazda3 and the Skyactiv-X engine it held under the hood, to much acclaim. Roadshow took the technology for a spin back in 2018 and was amazed at how impressively it performed, especially after initial skepticism whether it would work at all.

Jalopnik reached out for comment, and Mazda delivered, stating, “We’re excited to bring these powertrains to our future vehicles as we continue on our path to premium. We know our fans will be yearning for additional details, however specific models, performance figures and market rollout will be disclosed at an appropriate time.”

Keeping Up with the Car-dashians

The move by Mazda appears to be aimed at hopping on a growing trend from carmakers across the world. While many thought the engine design relegated to the past, straight-six engines have risen from the dead recently. As Jalopnik mentioned, many of Mazda’s adversaries have revealed their own straight-six developments. Mercedes is working on a new modular engine with potential hybrid capabilities, as well as Jaguar. BMW, too, has reinforced their traditional straight-six roots.

Mazda’s straight-six announcement is a particularly strong blow to Toyota. Despite being a much smaller manufacturer, Mazda appears to have no issue with a transition Toyota is shying away from. Just days before Mazda’s announcement, Toyota told Jalopnik that developing their own straight-six engine would be a “logistical nightmare” that would involve “involving years of development, a new factory, and would have driven up the cost” of the new Supra that borrows BMW’s straight-six engine. Yet Mazda appears to have no such issues, making a mockery of their far-larger fellow Japanese cousin.

A Return for Rear-Wheel Drive

Roadshow also spotted mention of a new engine layout. The presentation makes reference to a supposed “longitudinal engine layout” that would be a big change for Mazda. Incorporating longitudinal layouts would allow for rear- and all-wheel drive to return to Mazda’s lineup. As Roadshow notes, this could mean the return of old favorites like the RX-7. New offerings could also make use of the layout swap, such as cars based off the RX-Vision concept that wowed carlovers back in 2015

Currently, the carmaker’s cars all sport a front-wheel-drive-oriented setup via a transverse layout. Transverse comes with benefits such has being more compact and not requiring vehicle-spanning driveshafts, at the cost of poor support for rear-wheel designs.

Other Developments

While these two revelations stole the show, they weren’t alone. As Jalopnik reported, page 25 of the presentation detailed more future product plans for the company. New strategies mentioned included expanding on the company’s iconic Kodo design language as well as developing a mild-hybrid system alongside Mazda’s own electric vehicle technology.

Mazda Infotainment Center Not Touch Screen on Purpose

Sunday, April 21st, 2019
Apple CarPlay

Tech is coming to the automobile industry in a huge way. However, there are some technologies that have acid-taste in the industry. Though, many tech companies including apple, Google and Microsoft have tried their best to ensure the technology introduced in the industry is conducive and highly dependable. One mistake that these companies are making is integrating almost everything that works with Smartphone in the automobile industry. A perfect case of what am talking about is touch screen technology.

The use of touchscreens in the Smartphone world has really changed things. However, there are a lot of questions and disagreements about their use in the automobile industry. When you are using your Smartphone, it’s very easy to stop and operate. You have to look at the screen to ensure you are touching the right commands. However, it can get difficult to operate touchscreens while still operating the vehicle. The fact is that there’s no tactile feedback and hence you may not feel for the button you are looking for.

Mazda among many other automakers has intentionally refrained from touchscreens. The company has, in fact, explained saying that it’s not a decision that was hastily made. They took a long time trying to gauge the possible effects of touchscreens on driving safety and comfort while driving. Over the years of studies, it became clear that the whole system may not have any priorities.

Mazda started by looking at the time spent looking away from the road to touch the screen and even the time spent to refocus on something on the drive way. They thought that they needed to home some factors that reduced that specific time.

Over the years, we have seen a couple of issues with touchscreens on vehicles. Most car owners say that they believe what they see and what their fingers tell them. This means that they don’t have to spend a lot of time looking at the commands. They want a system where they can still focus their attention on the road and at the same time check the commands with the hands.

On What Grounds Did Mazda Denounce Touchscreens?

Most vehicle manufacturers have started offering tablet-like touch screen interface but Mazda denounced this move publically. There are several reasons why they got into this move. This may seem shocking to some of the drivers but Mazda had enough evidence to do so. The main reason is that they want to make their cars more safe and comfortable to ride. Here are some of the reasons why they publically refrained from touchscreens in all their models.

Keeping Your Eyes on the Road

As I had already stated, Mazda considered the amount of time that the driver will take getting their eyes out of track and the possible consequences. The company thought that the time the driver will take to shift from road to the screen and back can be significant and it may cause some serious consequences. The automaker took this into consideration and devised a new user interface that would cut on this time.

The company also took some time to do researches on which they found out that drivers have a tendency to torque steering while they are trying to reach the touch screen. Since every part of the screen feels the same, the driver will be forced to look at the screen which can be fatal. There are several people and groups including the AAA and University of Lowa researcher Dr. Mc Gehee that supported Mazda’s decision on this ground.

While most of the people would agree that touchscreens are good and at the same time compiling, there’s room for better and safer user interfaces. With the risk that is associated with this, Mazda decided to refrain from touchscreens. A touchscreen demands that the driver get the eyes out of track to check on which commands they are about to press. Mazda wants to stay on the same line with their modern yet safer commands that drivers can interact with while keeping their eyes on the track. The driver will just have to touch and feel which command they are about to initiate. They use these commands to perform simple tasks like managing temperatures, changing the channel and reducing or turning the volume.

Seeing Beyond Mazda’s Decision

While most touchscreens may not let you do every function mid-drive there are some of them that let you do some mid-drive. Though, Mazda’s decision is to give us a feel of analog. They want to sacrifice modernization over safety. Mazda are taking us to a time before touchscreens when they think driving was more comfortable and safer. However, with all the additives and the explanation that the company gave, there’s a need to concur with them. In order to incorporate touchscreens features in new car models, there should be more actions to maintain safety and comfort. However, there are some of the intellectuals that say that part of Mazda’s testing involves blindfolding a person. They want to assume that the driver cannot be able to find all the commands and at the same time control the vehicle.

 

New Mazda CX-30 Vehicle on Display

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
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There is a new Mazda CX-30 vehicle on display at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show this month 

The Geneva International Motor Show is taking place this month from March 7th to the 17th. If you are lucky enough to go, you will see the new Mazda CX-30 vehicle on display for the first time. This is a new Mazda core model which will start seeing sales later this year. We are excited to be among the first to tell you about it, so keep reading to learn about the new Mazda CX-30 vehicle. 

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2019 Mazda CX-5: A Luxury SUV?

Sunday, March 10th, 2019
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They rank Mazda CX-5 2019 model number 1 in compact SUV in 2019. It has a score of 8.8/10 in a test involving 29 pieces of research and data elements. There are several reasons that this SUV made the A list. The detail includes athletic handling, upscale cabin, security components, and precise steering. This 2019 Mazda CX-5 model should be at the short list of compact SUVs you can go for this year. It tops the place in calls of production, safety, and acceleration.

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 model is what Mazda has done. It shows what the Japanese automaker is composed of and can handle. This SUV competes with very many other SUVs in calls of price and production. 2019 Mazda CX-5 feels a class higher. We have to start by saying that the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is prettier inside and outside from all angles. It is more affecting to operate when compared H2H with the industry rivals.

The Japanese company sees this as having greater potentials both in profitability and market position. They serve the 2019 model with the same 2.5 liter-four charged engine. The same engine is in several Mazda models including Mazda 6 sedan and CX-9 three-row crossover. They pair the 2019 Mazda CX’s engine with all-wheel drive, the top of two trim levels.

The turbocharger CX-5’s appeal isn’t for matching production and hence this engine is more exciting and diesel style. The 250-hp engine sends it to 60mph in 6.2 seconds. It is 2 seconds quicker than the base engine. What we love is that the engine is the string swell of torque low in the rpm range.

Price

It is very important to look at the cost. For the 2019 Mazda-5 has a starting price of $24,350 but most of the reviewers think this design has a much higher starting price. Mazda trims vary in cost. Taking a closer glance at the Touring and the Grand Touring trims they start at $26,615 and $30,045. When looking at the other two trims, the signature trim and the high-end grand Touring Reserve costs $36,890 and $34,870. If you go for the all-wheel drive, pay $1,400 except for those trims that come standard with the all-wheel ride.

Luxurious Interior

The CX-5 seats up to 5 people. Most of the reviewers think the front row has comfortable and supportive seats. It presents a decent capacity for passenger capacity with enough legroom, shoulder room, and headroom. If you get to the back row, you notice it’s a tight fit; but it can as well accommodate taller passengers. Though, it may be a test fitting three adults in the rear seats.

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The CX-5 2019 model presents two sets of LATCH car seat connectors. This SUV rated by the IIHS as the best compact SUV for the ease of use. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 has 30.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats and can extend to 59.6 cubic feet of space when folded. This is one challenge because most of the reviewers think these numbers are a little low for the SUVs in the class.

Top-Notch Performance

As shown earlier, 2019 Mazda CX-5 features a new Turbo Four engine which brings the heat. It comes standard with a 187-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine but you can at the same time take things to a whole new level with the optional engine. They now offer a turbo-charged 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine which makes it one of the most powerful compact SUVs in the market.

At the point of gas mileage, we cannot say 2019 Mazda CX-5 is the best but we can say it’s good. The SUV gets 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the four-cylinder engine. This makes me think it gets to an average class.

Safety

When you are looking for a luxurious SUV, the next thing you want to have in mind is safety. Mazda is also on the track for providing relatively safer SUVs in the market. The IIHS rated this model as a top safety pick. The SUV also earned high points in all the test results. The NHTSA also gave this model 5 star in all the safety test results. The model comes standard with a rear camera and several other safety features. Some of these features include forward collision warning, full-speed automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, full-speed automatic control, front and rear parking sensors, and a 360-degree parking camera.

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is a luxurious SUV featuring some of the best features in the market today. With all the features and the styling talked about above, it’s up to you to include this SUV in your shortlist.

Is the 2019 Mazda CX-5 a Luxury SUV?

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Mazda CX-5 model is ranked number 1 in compact SUV in 2019. It also has a score of 8.8/10 in a test involving 29 pieces of research and data elements. There are several reasons why this is at the top of the list with some of them including athletic handling, upscale cabin, safety features and precise steering. This 2019 Mazda CX-5 model should be at the top of a short list of compact SUVs that you can go for this year. It tops the list in terms of performance, safety and acceleration.

Additionally, the 2019 Mazda CX-5 model has become a representation of what Mazda can do. It shows all that the Japanese automaker is capable of. It is a good SUV that competes with many other SUVs in terms of price and performance. 2019 Mazda CX-5 feels a class higher. We have to start by briefly saying that 2019 Mazda CX-5 is prettier inside and outside. It is also more involving to drive when compared head to head with the industry rivals.

The Japanese company sees this as having greater potentials both in profitability and market position. The 2019 model is served with the same 2.5 liter-four charged engine. The same engine that is found in several Mazda models including Mazda 6 sedan and CX-9 three-row crossover. The 2019 Mazda CX-5’s engine is paired with an all-wheel drive which is found in the top of two trim levels.

The turbocharged CX-5’s appeal isn’t ultimately for matching performance and hence this engine is more exciting and almost diesel like. The 250-hp engine sends it to 60mph in 6.2 seconds which is thought to be 2 seconds quicker than the base engine. The other thing we love about the engine is the string swell of torque low in the rpm range.

The Price

The other thing you have to look at is the price. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 has a starting price of $24,350 but most of the reviewers think that this model has a much higher starting price. The trims also vary in price. The Touring and the Grand Touring trims start at $26,615 and $30,045 respectively. The other two trims, the signature trim and the high-end grand Touring Reserve costs $36,890 and $34,870 respectively. If you go for the all-wheel drive, you will have to pay $1,400 except for those trims that come standard with the all-wheel drive.

Luxurious Interior

The CX-5 seats up to 5 people. It also features a decent amount of passenger space with enough legroom, shoulder room, and headroom.

The CX-5 2019 model features two sets of LATCH car seat connectors. This SUV is also rated by the IIHS as the best compact SUV for the ease of use. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 has a 30.9 cubic feet cargo space with the rear seats and can extend to 59.6 cubic feet of space when they are folded. This is one of the challenges because most of the reviewers think that these numbers are a little low for the SUVs in the class.

Top-Notch Performance

As indicated earlier, 2019 Mazda CX-5 features a new Turbo Four engine which brings the heat. It comes standard with a 187-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine but you can at the same time take things to a whole new level with the optional engine. They now offer a turbocharged 2.5 liter 4-cylinder engine which makes

How We Came to The Mazda CX-9

Monday, February 18th, 2019
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The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is built with all the essentials needed to meet both personal and family needs. The three-row mid-sized SUV can comfortably accommodate seven occupants, making it the biggest of the three utility designs offered by Mazda, higher than the CX-3 and CX-5. The size of the CX-9 makes it perfect for two adults, three kids, and all their effects needed for any given trip.

Its fitted trunk can take up whatever objects you need to fit in there. Folding out the third row of seats can create more room.

The evolution of the Mazda CX-9

Mazda first introduced the CX-9 in the year 2007. It benefited from an in-depth upgrade in 2016 with more enhancements in this 2019 model.

According to experts, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 has proven to be is a second-generation family SUV that has a significant market worth.

The features

As mentioned earlier, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is adorned with some significant modernization such as:

All of the components in the i-ACTIVESENSE package from 2018, include:

      Cruise control with stop/start function
    Traffic sign identification
    An Intelligent braking system in heavy traffic
    Blind spot monitor with transversal traffic alert
    Lane keep assist
    Adaptive front headlights
    Lane departure warning
    Front obstacle warning
    Distance evaluation
    Braking assist
    Pedestrian detection
    Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    18-inch alloy wheels
    LED headlights and rear lights
    Backup camera
    7-inch touchscreen with MazdaConnect
    A leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob
    Heated front seats
    An 8-way power-adjustable seat for the driver

The GS-L model

This model includes:

    20-inch light grey high-luster finish alloy wheels
    Power glass moonroof
    Height-adjustable power lift-gate
    Leather-trimmed upholstery
    Power lumbar support and a 10-way power seat for the driver
    Adjustable heated second-row seats (outboard seats only)
    Heated steering wheel
    Front wiper de-icer
    MAZDA CONNECT enabled 8-inch color touchscreen display

The GT model

This model includes:

    LED front and rear signature lighting
    Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)
    360º View Monitor
    Front and rear parking sensors
    Power folding door mirrors
    Adjustable ventilated front seats
    8-way power lumbar support seat for passengers
    12-speaker premium Bose audio system
    SiriusXM Satellite Radio (offered free for a 5-year subscription period)
    SiriusXM Traffic Plus and Travel Link services (provided free for a 5-year subscription period)

The Top CX-9 Signature

This particular trim includes:

    Nappa leather upholstery
    Santos Rosewood-trimmed center console panel and door switch panel
    Premium cross-stitching detail on the steering wheel
    Signature grille illumination
    LED illumination for the center console panel
    Frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror

Aesthetic Looks

In terms of its outer appearance, the 2019 Mazda CX-9 is virtually the same with other earlier models. This is no shortfall because the ongoing popularity of this model attests to its excellent design.

There is ample space available to the driver and front passenger; the second-row area is equally expansive.

There are welcoming NAPA leather surfaces for occupants, while the steering wheel and LED accents around the gear shifter are adorned with leather-stitched leather material. The outside side-view mirrors on the GT and Signature versions are automated, folding-in when you lock the doors.

Comfort Level The seating itself is magnificent and comfortable. The ventilated seats give the CX-9 an added level of sophistication. That spacious second-row area permits occupants to relax in comfort and emerge unharmed from even the most extended road trips.

There is the lovely third-row space, with a singular disadvantage of taking some part of the trunk space, thereby limiting the scope for luggage.

Technological Add-ons

There is a navigation system accessible on the touchscreen menu which is easy to handle – this same system is offered throughout Mazda’s product range. It allows for placing the right arm in a lower, more natural position, through a dial key on the central console that permits for browsing through the menu on the screen; it’s bright and intuitive.

There is also the 360-degree visual on the touchscreen, which is available as an option in the GT and Signature versions. The system makes use of four cameras to produce a clear image of the whole area around the vehicle. Illuminated indicators are available to show if passengers on the second and third row have done up their seatbelts.

On the Road

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is armed with some improved steering capabilities which allow the vehicle to respond promptly to the driver’s instructions. Powered with 2.5L 4-cylinder SKYACTIV turbo engine delivering 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The CX-9 makes use of higher-octane gasoline, and the horses increase to 250. A 6-speed automatic transmission manages the powertrain with manual mode, which helps provide very positive acceleration.

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 gives good, driver-focused ergonomics and a well-conceived interior with generous living space in the mid row. This is a vehicle that you must consider.

The base models come with an ample list of technologies and comfort innovations. The Mazda offers an unlimited-mileage warranty on all of its new models and is at ease in most normal-use environments.

CX-9 Competition

    Honda Pilot
    Chevrolet Traverse
    Ford Explorer
    Hyundai Santa Fe
    Volkswagen Atlas
    Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Kia Sorento
    Nissan Murano
    Buick Enclave
    Toyota Highlander

What To Expect From The 2019 Mazda3

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
Pair of 2019 Mazda3

The 2019 Mazda3 made its global debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, followed by its regional debut in early 2019 at the Singapore Motorshow. The all new, fourth-generation vehicle features a revolutionary redesign, a larger infotainment screen, high-compression engine designed to save fuel, an available infrared driver-monitoring system, and the list goes on. If you weren’t interested before, then the new model is sure to catch your attention with the technology and the amount of features that it ushers in.

Introducing SKYACTIV-X

The new Mazda will introduce the first ever spark-control petrol compression-ignition engine – the technology which Mazda labeled SKYACTIV-X. The technology is designed to provide the company with the means necessary to meet the global emission requirements which are ever increasing. The engine is designed to offer high levels of drivability and refinement coupled with diesel-style fuel consumption, which in turn helps reduces emissions. The vehicle will feature SKYACTIV-X coupled with a mild-hybrid system which features an integrated starter generator which is belt-driven, and a 24-volt lithium-ion battery pack. Additionally, there is the possibility that Mazda will combine the hybrid system with conventional diesel and petrol powertrains at some point in the future.Mazda3 Skyactive-x

Size and Style

The new model also introduces Mazda’s second-generation SKYACTIV chassis concept and packed with it a 25mm stretch in the wheelbase, which is a slight increase in height and an increase in width. The additional 25mm sits between the rear axle line and the rear seat. The couple distance between the rear and front seats remain unchanged though, despite the extra wheelbase. The main factor that comes into play in the stretch is providing room to pack in a battery bank for the mid-hybrid model which will lead, in some markets, the 3 range. For the new sedan and hatch, the battery will be sandwiched in the floor.

When it comes to the difference in style between the sedan and the hatch, only the windscreen and the bonnet are shared. The sedan is longer than the 5-door by 80mm and it resembles in many aspects Mazda6. Mazda also promises that the 3 hatch will feature equal or superior luggage space compared to the existing model – which in turn means that the sedan’s trunk will be even larger.

One key aspect that the 2019 Mazda3 set out to improve is noise and refinement. One key part which comes into play as far as the solution for that is the new platform of the vehicle, but there have also been changes made to the rear suspension design. The versions of the vehicle which feature front-wheel drive will ditch the independent rear suspension, the simpler torsion beam design contributing significantly to the improved refinement.

The new Mazda also introduces new Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture, which is an umbrella term for a few structures, including the seats which maintain the natural curve of the spine, as well as a ring-structure bodyshell designed to reduce transmission lag, increase rigidity, and improve vibration, harshness levels and noise.

Performance and Fuel Economy

While Mazda has not yet released efficiency or power figures for the 2.0 liter SKYACTIV-X engine, the company noted that a 20% reduction in fuel consumption was possible in average real-world driving scenarios, and a 30% reduction during low-speed driving. The engine also promises powerful torque, superior initial response, free-revving performance, and faithful linear response.

The SPCCI engine is capable of producing 181bhp and 164 pound-feet of torque. It was also confirmed that the powertrain will be scalable for petrol engines with more or less displacement. Assisting the engine is the 24-volt mild-hybrid system, in which the engine is assisted by an electric motor. The same applies for 2 traditional SKYACTIV-G engines within the line-up, which are 2.0 liter and 1.5 liter petrol units.

For the first time, the new Mazda will be available with all-wheel drive, the latest version of i-Activ AWD system working with the car’s torque vectoring in order to control distribution between rear and front wheels. This is designed to make the car respond better to the driver, according to the company.

Safety

When it comes to safety, the vehicle’s infrared driver-attention monitoring systems works with its automatic emergency braking system in order to alert you in case of a dangerous situation. The company noted that automatic emergency braking will be a standard feature, and that Mazda3 will provide forward cross-traffic alerts in order to help out in intersections where there is low visibility. The airbag count goes up to 7, with the addition of knee airbag for the driver. The vehicle’s available adaptive cruise control system can automatically handle steering inputs in specific high-traffic situation.

Conclusion

Bigger
All-wheel drive
Debuting SKYACTIV-X
New Skyactiv Vehicle Architecture
Knee-airbag
Better fuel economy
Automatic Emergency Braking system for standard trims
Redesigned, intuitive infotainment system

What’s New for the 2019 Mazda CX-5?

Monday, January 28th, 2019

The appearance and distinctive styling of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 distinguishes the model from its peers. The general outlook of the car is appealing and considering the price tag, it’s a machine you could want to own. The car has a four cylinder engine front wheel drive with an option of all wheel drive. It has an exquisite interior look and filled with loads of driver assistance features considering the price range. It no doubt tops the list of one of most affordable and capable SUV in the market. It proves the dynamism offered by compact SUVs as they are picking up the trend of family cars that are more marketable in this generation. The following are some of the character traits associated with the model range.

Price Range

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 comes in three packages which include the Sport model that is priced at $25,145, the Touring model priced at $ 27,210, and the grand touring model at $30,640. These packages come with luxuries such as heated front seats and leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. Some of the added features include power operated lift gate and sunroof. Hence, any type of CX-5 offers you value for money.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Engine has been upgraded to a four cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation. This technology shuts down two cylinders while cruising to improve the fuel efficiency. This is a bold move and if you want to own a car that has improved fuel conservancy features, this can be the right one for you. Even though it may not be quite as other turbo charge models in its class, it’s an efficient car that handles well around corners and performs exceptionally good off-road.

Interior

Each model has the option of a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The grand touring model has added memory settings for driver’s seat and six power adjustments for the passenger’s seat. Although, it’s tight for space, holding only nine carry on suitcases behind its rear seats when equipped with a flat load floor.

Driver Assistance

Blind spot monitors and rear cross traffic alerts have become standard. In addition, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist have also been included. 2019 Mazda CX-5 is equipped with standard low speed automated emergency braking. The insurance institute for highway safety (IIHS) named it as the top safety pick even though it fell one star short of the perfect crash test rating. Thus, if you want a machine that you feel safe while driving with all the help you can get the Mazda CX-5 fits the bill. It is sure to perform even better with time.

Handling

The new model comes equipped with an all new g-vectoring control system. One notable thing about this system is that it automatically applies the brakes to the outside of the front wheels when the driver straightens the wheels. According to the company, this feature makes the vehicle more stable as you drive out of a corner.

Exterior Features

The touring model has been equipped with 19 inch wheels and the full suite of assists. Its compact body is available in different colors with black and blue being the most common with the customers. Its elucidated by a sleek finish from the manufacturers to blend right into your lifestyle.

Maintenance and Warranty

The car warranty covers 3 years which subsequently refers to an average of 36,000 miles. The powertrain warranty covers 5 years which also refers to about 60,000 miles. However, it does not offer complimentary maintenance.

Final Thoughts

The Mazda CX-5 is a competitive model as compared to other models in the industry and offers you value for your money. The great finishes not withstanding and great additional driver assistance features make the Model stand out as a top player in the compact SUV range.

The model is family friendly although it’s squeezed for space which means it might not come in handy for huge family vacation. Albeit the saying great things come in small packages, the exquisite interior more than compensates for the lack of space. The burgeoning SUV market requires the company to produce a masterpiece to become relevant in the market and they have done so with the CX-5.

The model comes with personalized features, such as infortainment and a Bose sound system. This shows how far the firm is willing to go to break the bounds of what was thought to be the adage structure of building SUVs.

Verdict

Owning the 2019 Mazda CX-5 could be quite a lovely experience considering the ratings posted by owners and consumers of the product.

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