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First Drive: 2013 Mazda CX-5

Skyactiv Brings Excellent Fuel Economy, but Does it Accelerate Quickly Enough?

by on Sep.05, 2012

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is the first vehicle to use the full suite of Skyactiv technologies, which includes engines, transmissions and body and chassis improvements.

When it comes to fuel economy, hybrids are all the rage, but Mazda is showing that there may be more more than one way to solve the problem.

Mazda’s new CX-5 offers the best fuel economy of any small crossover on the market. Not even the hybrids can beat it.

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Mazda is betting the farm on what it’s calling Skyactiv technology. While its new 2.0-liter four cylinder was the first seen in the new 3 compact, the CX-5 employs the whole suite of Skyactiv bits including the new engine, transmissions and body and chassis components. All of this is in the name of fuel economy.

But this is Mazda, so it couldn’t be about just fuel economy. It had to be fun to drive.

Did Mazda succeed in making a fun-to-drive compact crossover – as much as oxymoron as that is? Let’s find out.


First Drive: Mazda 2

The Zoom-Zoom company’s subcompact would benefit from Skyactiv transfusion.

by on Jan.18, 2012

The Mazda 2 joins a growing list of subcompacts being sold in the U.S.

Americans have had a rather sordid history with subcompacts. For generations, automakers have built them, only to have them wither on the sales vine as fuel prices rise and then fall again, causing buyers to go back to their Hummers and other creatures of cheap fuel.

But this time could be different. Fuel prices are now about triple what they were just a dozen years ago and a growing thirst for oil around the world means prices will probably never return to such low prices.

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So subcompacts may have a chance this time. What will help is if automakers can resist the idea that small cars also have to be tinny penalty boxes. Give buyers more style, inside and out, and at least the option to get the features they want, and maybe they’ll give them a try.

The Mazda 2 is such a car. It at least makes an effort to be stylish, has tons of feature and it has the added benefit of being a Mazda, meaning that it should be endowed with the sportiest handling in its class.

So, let’s take a look.