Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016

December 30, 2016 0

When brands update their cars, sometimes the stylists get it wrong.
Facelifted models are supposed to add some flair to an existing model – to bring it up to speed with its competitors, or harden up some edges that may been looking a little limp on the original model. They can be massive, major overhauls, … read more

2017 Mazda CX-5

October 28, 2016 0

The Mazda CX-5 debuted for the 2013 model year as a new contender for models that were well established in the market, including the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota Rav 4, among others. Needless to say, the CX-5 had a lot to live up to if it was to be successful in the compact SUV/crossover market. … read more

2016 – 2017 Mazda3

July 15, 2016 0

Standing out in the world of compacts is no easy feat. The corner-cutting measures it takes to offer a product at a competitive price in this segment can quickly demote a car to drab background filler. Throw in the customer’s demand to “do it all,” from sporting fun to commuting practicality, … read more

2016 – 2017 Mazda CX-3

June 7, 2016 0

When you’re Mazda , and you’ve already stepped into the compact and midsize crossover market, you might as well go all in and take a piece of the subcompact crossover market too. That’s exactly why Mazda decided to release the Mazda CX-3 – an SUV that looks more like slightly larger and jacked … read more

Fiat 124 Spider: which bits aren’t Mazda’s?

February 17, 2016 0

The Fiat 124 Spider we’ve just driven owes its entire existence to the Mazda MX-5. But is the Fiat just a Japanese imposter in a designer suit? Here’s your definitive guide to what’s Fiat, and what isn’t, according to the men behind the new Spider. 1. The engine Fiat decided to ditch Mazda’s … read more

New 2017 Fiat 124 Spider is Italian for “Miata”

November 25, 2015 0

The all-new Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the best performance bargains of the last decade. We’ve personally sampled this fine little sports car, and came back puzzled whether we’d buy it or Scion’s FR-S. In the end, both are great little cars, but neither of them have the requisite flair something … read more

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