Mazda crafts a new Skyactiv 6
By Jim Bray Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Mazda6 is back, wearing a brand new set of clothes and with a new heart as well. And it’s a great new version, even in its four cylinder Skyactiv livery.Mazda’s CX-5 gets “Zoom-Zoom,” while the CX-9 gets rhinoplasty
By Jim Bray Friday, April 5, 2013
Call one an important upgrade, the other a minor update. And between them both, you have a couple of very nice SUV’s.This week’s road test
By Tim Saunders Friday, March 15, 2013
The legendary Golf GTi often seems to be the benchmark for other hot hatch manufacturers to follow.Mazda3 Sport SKYACTIV: great car, still with “Zoom”
By Jim Bray Friday, January 4, 2013
Mazda’s “SKYACTIV” technology is designed to up gas mileage and lower emissions while preserving the company’s well-earned “fun to drive” quotient. And while those two goals may seem contradictory – or as unobtainable as perpetual motion – Mazda has done a pretty decent job with its top selling 3.Mazda 2 road test
By Tim Saunders Friday, December 7, 2012
Who Stole My House? is a great children’s book that my little daughter and I enjoy reading together. It tells the story of a snail who takes off their shell to have a bath and then forgets where they’ve left it. A common problem, you can imagine.
Mazda MX-5, Toyota Venza mostly stay the course
By Jim Bray Friday, August 10, 2012
They may be very different in form and market niche, but the Mazda MX-5 and Toyota Venza are both excellent vehicles that offer a lot of value and/or fun to their owners. And that’s nothing to sneeze at.Mazda3 Promises Earth-Friendly Zoom-Zoom
By Jim Bray Saturday, January 28, 2012
You might think Mazda using a word like “SKYACTIV” to describe its products might mean it has come up with a practical flying car. You’d be wrong, of course – not that Mazdas can’t fly along the road in their own right. They do, after all, offer “Zoom-Zoom.”Mazda’s Fun Fours – SPEED3 and MX-5
By Jim Bray Saturday, July 9, 2011
Mazda’s MAZDASPEED3and MX-5 are definitely a couple of “Zoom-Zoom” treats for fine, summer driving. And what could be more fun than that after a seemingly endless winter and wet spring?
The nice thing is that, thanks to the SPEED3’s “conventional” four door wagon configuration, and the MX-5’s snug retractable hardtop, they’ll also provide entertaining drives in the winter.Mazda6 V6 Ups the “Zoom-Zoom” Ante
By Jim Bray Saturday, March 26, 2011
Mazda’s largest sedan continues to be a compelling drive as it reaches about the middle of its life span.
The Mazda6, like the Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and about a thousand other models, actually occupies the “mid-size” rather than the “full-size” niche – and is, in my never humble opinion, one of the most attractive sedans on the market these days. It’s not only easy on the eyes, though, it also performs its function as a practical four door family car very well.Mazda CX-9 “Crossover” SUV – Big and Comfy, with “Zoom”
By Jim Bray Sunday, June 13, 2010
They’ve upgraded its looks and features a bit for 2010, but at heart the Mazda CX-9 is the same big SUV it has been since its introduction. And that’s a good thing.
Can Less Zoom-Zoom Be a Good Thing?
By Jim Bray Sunday, March 7, 2010
Can downsizing a vehicle’s specs supersize its appeal? Mazda hopes so.
For a company that has prided itself on the concept of “Zoom-Zoom” for many years, Mazda may seem to be doing a silly thing by “down-powering” its CX-7 SUV. Yet that’s exactly what it has done for the 2010 model year.Mazda 3 – “Zoom-Zoom” Redux
By Jim Bray Monday, June 1, 2009
You certainly can’t accuse Mazda of false advertising for using “Zoom-Zoom” as their slogan.Mazda 5: A little Van with a little “Zoom-Zoom”
By Jim Bray Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Other than some tweaking of options, Mazda’s little six seater hasn’t changed much for 2009 – and that may be ‘cause this miniature minivan didn’t need much changing anyway.New Sedan Ups Mazda’s “6 Appeal”
By Jim Bray Monday, January 12, 2009
It’s the Mazda6 , which the company says is all new from stem to stern and top to bottom – and which surely looks and feels that way. In fact, so far as its looks are concerned, I think this is one of the best-looking sedans on the road today, sporty and modern and lovely to behold. And that’s saying something; I thought the previous 6 was one of the nicest styling jobs around, yet park it next to the fresh 6 and the previous generation looks positively frumpy.Mazda SUV A Tribute To Days Gone By
By Jim Bray Thursday, December 13, 2007
Mazda’s Tribute small SUV is one case in which the manufacturer’s famous “zoom zoom” slogan doesn’t quite apply. It’s probably because the vehicle is a victim of time – it’s from a time now past.Next 15 Columns - >>