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Take a look at the old MX-5 and then say hello to the new one. The only similarities include the two-seat, front-engine roadster profile and circular black rings of rubber filling each wheel cutout, plus Mazda's stylized "M" badge front and back. Yes, most every performance enthusiasts' favourite Japanese brand has just witnessed their beloved sports car transformed from yesteryear's retro ride to tomorrow's futuristic concept car in a single model year, but as folded, creased and sharply modernistic as the new MX-5 looks, it's actually more retrospective than you might think. What made t...
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MX-5 aside, the CX-3 is the sportiest looking new Mazda, but it's more Dakar rally raid than take it to the track on Sunday. It looks like it could go anywhere, although let's be clear, this isn't the intention. Rather, you'll look oh-so stylish pulling up to the ski hill in this subcompact SUV, and you'll get there using less fuel than the majority of snow slaying 4x4s. Its variation on Mazda's new corporate face might be the best yet. Its large and proud yet tasteful grille is almost stately, and certainly more premium than some luxury branded small CUVs, while its sharp and narrow comb...
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Mazda has updated its CX-5 compact crossover for 2016 and styling changes are subtle. Truly, most won't even notice. The new grille gets five evenly spaced slats for a cleaner more uniform design than the outgoing model's thick black slab up top and honeycomb mesh insert below, while GS and GT models get restyled fog lamp surrounds featuring two horizontal strakes. The mid-grade GS uses the same fogs as last year, while this top-tier GT gets a totally new set of tiny LEDs, not to mention new LED headlamps with signature detailing as well as stylish LED taillights. The GT's standard whee...
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The subcompact crossover class is relatively new compared to larger compact, mid-size and full-size SUVs, and it's growing exponentially. This year alone four models have been added to a segment that still only holds nine competitors combined, although it's seen attrition too. Remember the wacky Nissan Cube? I happened to like its ovoid second-gen styling, but I was obviously outnumbered by those who were either appalled or simply not interested and therefore the Cube died a quiet death a couple of years ago. Nissan's unorthodox Juke continues on, and is actually more of a true SUV than t...
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You could be forgiven for not noticing that the 2016 Mazda6 has been given a mid-cycle refresh, as updates to its exterior styling are quite subtle. In my opinion this is a good thing, however, as it's already a fabulous looking mid-size sedan and any radical changes for the sake of change might have undermined the original design. As it is, Mazda has only modified its grille slightly by replacing the thicker topmost horizontal rung with two thinner slats, resulting in six uniform ribs from top to bottom. These are chromed on as-tested top-line GT trim, while all models get a thicker...
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Let's be completely honest. Other than its MX-5 roadster and RX-7/8 sports cars Mazda hasn't always had leading-edge design, but all that's changed now. Its current 3 sedan and hatchback are two of the best looking in their class, its mid-size 6 sedan is downright gorgeous, the compact CX-5 crossover is a real looker as well, while the Zeal Red Mica painted CX-9 I'm reviewing here is a certified head-turner. The CX-9 was the first production vehicle to receive Mazda's new "KODO – Soul of Motion" design language, a styling direction that's won kudos from us pundits as well as custom...
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Launched for the 2014 model year, the third-generation Mazda6 appears to have it all: style, performance, comfort, crisp handling, excellent fuel economy, value … even critical approval (it won the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada's Car of the Year Award in 2014). It's a surprise then to find that Mazda's athletic mid-size sedan lags in the race out the showroom doors, with Canadian sales numbers finishing up just ahead of the niche Subaru Legacy during 2014, but well behind the big players like the Ford Fusion it shares underpinnings with, or the Honda Accord, Toyota C...
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It's one thing to come up with a good looking well designed car or SUV, and quite another to craft a unique yet attractive design language for an entire brand that transfers just as nicely from the long flowing lines of a sports car or midsize sedan to a compact hatchback or crossover utility. This is what Mazda has done with its new "KODO – Soul of Motion" design direction, first shown in the 2010 Shinari concept, after which the production results have been very intriguing. Oddly, Mazda's oldest chassis design, and the only one to still roll on a Ford undercarriage and use blue-o...
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Mazda answered many a pundit's pointed question as well as myriad performance enthusiasts' prayers by adding a manual transmission to its revered 3 GT this year. Yes, strange that a manual gearbox wasn't part of the 2014 Mazda3 GT's standard package in the first place, this being the sportiest trim level currently available for one of the zoomiest cars it produces. The powers that be at Zoom-Zoom nation were evidently not congruent with their performance-oriented brand principles when they made this decision, but now they've righted this wrong and all is forgiven. And please don'...
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I'm not sure which Mazda3 I like better. The five-door Sport with its rakish profile and handy hatchback design or the sleek, contemporary four-door sedan with its more traditional stance and secure trunk, they're both so good looking. Of course, that's just my opinion, and to be completely honest there are a number of very stylish compacts currently on the market. It's always a personal taste issue, but there are a few undeniable design traits that are more appealing to the majority of new car buyers than others. While certainly trendy, today's car buyers seem to like big, gapin...
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