Mazda – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:52:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 Mazda Miata Turbo Kit Increases Output to 248 Horsepower http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-miata-turbo-kit-brings-output-248-hp/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-miata-turbo-kit-brings-output-248-hp/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:30:27 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1153381 The small and nimble Miata may not need extra power, but a new turbo kit from BBR has captured our attention. The Mazda tuning specialist has created a Stage 1 turbocharger package for the ND-generation MX-5, promising to squeeze 248 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque from the car’s 2.0-liter engine. BBR says the upgrade...

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The small and nimble Miata may not need extra power, but a new turbo kit from BBR has captured our attention. The Mazda tuning specialist has created a Stage 1 turbocharger package for the ND-generation MX-5, promising to squeeze 248 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque from the car’s 2.0-liter engine.

BBR says the upgrade slashes the Miata’s 0-60 time to just 5 seconds, with a top speed limited to 155 mph. That’s significantly quicker than the standard model.

The Mazda Miata turbo kit includes a new twin-scroll turbocharger that mounts onto a bespoke BBR cast-iron twin-scroll manifold. Other components include a carbon fiber turbocharger heat shield, a discretely placed high-flow K&N induction system, and a Starchip/EcuTek RaceRom ECU software package, which revises fuel, ignition, and boost calibration for better performance. Many components including the boost hoses and replacement battery tray are finished in black to look like factory-spec parts.

BBR Mazda MX 5 ND Stage 1 Turbo underbonnet

When BBR began experimenting with a new forced induction package for the Miata back in 2014, it initially considered supercharging and single scroll turbochargers. Ultimately, a twin-scroll turbocharger was deemed the most fitting way to increase power in the Miata, proving highly efficient and responsive while retaining a large boost upgrade margin for later power stages.

“Having rejected all other forced induction methods, our extensive dyno and road testing has proven that our choice of a low-back pressure twin-scroll turbocharger, with its enhanced exhaust scavenging ability, is the optimal solution,” said BBR’s Neil Mckay in a press release. “It works harmoniously with the original SKYACTIV-G layout and knock-resistant technologies, as is evident by the impressive power figures achieved at very modest boost pressures.”

BBR Mazda MX 5 ND Stage 1 Turbo Power Curve

Available on newer Miatas, including the latest RF, the package is now on sale globally. In the U.S., it can be purchased from Flyin’ Miata, BBR’s exclusive distributor in the country. On Flyin’ Miata’s website, the price of the kit is listed at $5,695 and gains of “at least 70 hp and 70 lb-ft” are promised using a stock exhaust system. CARB approval, however, is still in progress.

BBR Mazda MX 5 Stage 1 Turbo static

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Just Listed: One Owner, Low-Mileage 1991 Mazda Miata SE with Turbo Kit http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-one-owner-low-mileage-1991-mazda-miata-se-turbo-kit/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-one-owner-low-mileage-1991-mazda-miata-se-turbo-kit/#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 23:57:14 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1148639 Tired of your mint-condition MGB or Alfa Spider coughing-up oil every time you go for a short drive? Grab an NA Miata – you’ll thank us later. Compared to the roadsters of yore, Miatas are reliable, quick, and handsome little runabouts. Just your luck – Bring a Trailer’s got a perfect one-owner 1991 Mazda Miata...

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Tired of your mint-condition MGB or Alfa Spider coughing-up oil every time you go for a short drive? Grab an NA Miata – you’ll thank us later. Compared to the roadsters of yore, Miatas are reliable, quick, and handsome little runabouts. Just your luck – Bring a Trailer’s got a perfect one-owner 1991 Mazda Miata SE up for grabs, if you don’t mind a few tasteful modifications.

While you won’t have trouble finding a decent NA on Craigslist or eBay, it’s rare to come across a very well-presented and cared-for car like this one. Presented in wonderfully apropos British Racing Green, the car is packed with sorts of goodies. It’s stayed with its original owner all these years, accruing only 41,000 miles in the process.

The car comes with a very rare color-matched factory hard top, giving owners the choice of driving in inclement weather. It’s equipped with the desirable Special Edition package, an option group that includes a limited slip differential, tan leather, cruise control, A/C, upgraded Polk Audio speakers, and wooden Nardi shifter and handbrake handle. The seats might need some attention, as the car comes with thick sheepskin covers over both thrones.

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The stock 1.6-liter was upgraded with a contemporary Bell Engineering turbo kit around 14,000 miles, giving the little car a much-needed power upgrade. The kit includes a front-mount intercooler, high-pressure fuel pump, MSD boost controller, and a Borla exhaust system, so it wouldn’t be too difficult to revert to stock, if desired. No power figures are presented, but it’s a low-pressure setup, said to be putting down no more than six pounds of boost.

Aside from classic gold BBS 14-inch wheels, stiffer stabilizer bar, and aftermarket bushings, the chassis remains stock. Buyers will receive a trove of extras, including golf bag rack, hardtop stand, front bra, Hella headlamps, factory wheels, and OEM components removed for the installation of the turbo kit.

Miatas are usually cheap and cheerful, but it looks like this Miata’s buyer is just getting the “cheerful” portion. As of this writing, bidding has risen to $7,000 with five days left on the bid clock. Considering the color, condition, and modifications, expect prices to climb over the five-figure mark.

Head over to Bring a Trailer to bid on this ultra-clean 1991 Mazda Miata SE.

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Four Seasons 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Wrap-Up http://www.automobilemag.com/news/four-seasons-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-wrap-up/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/four-seasons-2016-mazda-mx-5-miata-club-wrap-up/#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:00:04 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1135884 We’ve reached a crossroads where two decidedly different sports cars are at a standoff over which has the right of way. Will the autonomous system guiding the tech-laden, EV-boosted model engage polite mode and let the visceral, highly analog machine proceed first? Or will this be the last intersection for a car that actually needs...

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We’ve reached a crossroads where two decidedly different sports cars are at a standoff over which has the right of way. Will the autonomous system guiding the tech-laden, EV-boosted model engage polite mode and let the visceral, highly analog machine proceed first? Or will this be the last intersection for a car that actually needs a human to turn the wheel and push the pedals?

The old-school-flavored, drive-it-yourself ride in question is a lightweight, minimalist ragtop with rear-wheel drive. It has no advanced self-driving gadgetry, and its drivers need not waste their time dialing in fancy electronic chassis and throttle settings. It came, we think, with the correct setup from the Hiroshima factory where it rolled off the line. It’s a car we’ve been thrilled with since the original made its debut in 1989: the Mazda Miata.

When Mazda announced to the world that the all-new fourth-generation MX-5 would be lighter and closer to the original’s character, we knew we wanted to perform a long-term evaluation, even more so after we dubbed it a 2016 All-Star. So we requested a $29,420 MX-5 Club edition to join the Four Seasons fleet. The only Miata trim level that comes with the sport-tuned suspension, the Club also features Bilstein shocks and a limited-slip differential, along with a front air dam, rear lip spoiler and bumper skirt, and side sill extensions. Naturally, we couldn’t resist adding the Brembo/BBS package to the mix ($3,400), with the former’s front calipers and rotors and the latter’s 17-inch forged dark aluminum wheels. An advanced keyless system is added on for good measure.

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With minus 150 pounds of lightness added (as Colin Chapman would’ve put it) versus the outgoing third-generation model, our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata remains only adequately quick in a straight line, though to channel Lotus founder Chapman again, it’s quick everywhere else, too. Much like the previous three generations, it yaws at turn-in and then stiffens as the tires hold grip. The tail will predictably help speed you through the corners if you use enough throttle or lift at the right time.

“Alive is how I would describe the Miata’s steering,” road test editor Eric Weiner said. “It just tells you everything you need to know. Paired with slight body roll, the Miata is never short on engaging communication.”

Although others agreed with Weiner on the steering feel, the car’s overall ride/handling has been described by some on staff as having tons of body roll.

“I don’t like the amount of it you get when you corner hard,” executive editor Mac Morrison added. “The car is fun to drive regardless, but I would much prefer a more aggressive feel.” Our 6-foot-1-inch executive editor also wanted a seat height adjustment beyond the progressive fore-aft track that lowers as you move the seat back. Associate editor Jonathon Klein, at 6 feet 4 inches tall, said the car is crying out for a telescopic steering wheel.

Although it’s rated at just 155 horsepower, there are only 2,312 pounds of car to motivate. And though there were predictable pleas for more power, many declared the MX-5 to be as close to perfect as any sports car on sale. The power it does have is almost perfectly distributed. This is a car that’s about balance in every sense of the word.

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Not surprisingly, editors loved driving the Miata Club, especially with the top down on twisty canyon roads during a weekend getaway or on their favorite highway on/off-ramps, adding some spice to an otherwise boring, traffic choked daily L.A. commute. We drove it back to back along with the latest Volkswagen GTI, another perennial Automobile favorite, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. We also drove it alongside the new Fiat 124 Spider Abarth on the twisty, empty Highway 58 in Central California.

Daily news editor Conner Golden spent some quality time in the MX-5, running it down to San Diego for his grandmother’s 90th birthday. “Especially in person, you notice how tiny the Miata is,” Golden said. “I didn’t pack lightly, carrying along a full-size rolling suitcase, stuffed backpack, and heavy coat. Luckily, the canvas roof occupies a very modest share of real estate, and the relatively snug 4.6 cubic feet of cargo space was just enough to swallow my luggage perfectly.”

By far our biggest trip in the Miata, however, was a cross-country jaunt by yours truly from our SoCal HQ back to our Detroit office, mostly along Interstate 80.

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If you’re a couple who likes to take your sports car on longer trips, try fitted luggage, which my wife and I have used to great effect with our personal third-gen Miata. I borrowed the two larger bags for the three-day trip to Motown and had space left for my bike-messenger bag. As many of the car’s miles were short open-top blasts in and around L.A., the Four Seasons Miata barely had 9,000 miles on the clock when features editor Rory Jurnecka turned the keys over to me on the west end of Highway 58.

I drove it roughly 2,500 miles during the trip, and with less than three months remaining, the Detroit bureau team added another 7,500 or so. We (reluctantly) returned the car with 19,484 miles on the odometer.

On top of scheduled maintenance, we spent $79.38 on a window chip repair and $595 on a Flyin’ Miata Hush-O-Matic, a throaty-sounding active exhaust that offers no performance improvements. Editors in the El Segundo HQ were a bit embarrassed by its volume, while the apparently more boisterous Metro Detroit office enjoyed its manlier note.

One of the last cars available at any price to offer all the charm and driving pleasure without oil leaks and electrical gremlins of yore.

We heard that some early owners of the new Miata were having issues with second and third gear, and indeed one we know received a technical service bulletin for his personal car. The dealer kept his MX-5 a few days to install a revised gearbox. However, we received no TSB and had no issues even after tracking the car twice.

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In fact, we had virtually no problems with the Miata. “It’s been a total peach since day one,” reported Weiner just before we turned it in. “It feels as tight as the day we got it, the only blemish being the windshield chip fixed by Safelite, which apparently didn’t take.”

Although some younger staffers missed the navigation system and blind-spot warning indicators that come with the top-trim Grand Touring model, others regretted the electronic gizmos that did come with the Miata Club, such as the big center-screen control button in the center console, which is easy to brush when shifting gears. We want third, not a different radio station.

But that’s kibitzing over one of the last cars available at any price to offer all the charm and driving pleasure of a small, well-balanced, rear-drive, two-seat roadster without oil leaks and electrical gremlins of yore and the soul-sucking autonomous electric gadgetry that’s proliferating today. When we first took possession of our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Club, we asked, “Is the Miata always the answer?” For us lucky few, it is indeed the solution to all that.

Pros & Cons

+ Handling and ride
+ Communicative chassis and steering
+ Simple and easy to drive fast
– Equipment limitations among three trim levels
– Center-screen control knob gets in the way of shifting
– Could always use more power

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Running Costs

Mileage
19,484 miles
Warranty
3-yr/36,000-mi bumper-to-bumper
5-yr/60,000-mi powertrain
24-hour roadside assistance
Scheduled Maintenance
16,880 mi: Lube, oil, and filter, $63.83; rotate tires, $22.95; 14-point inspection, $8.28
Warranty Repairs
None
Recalls
None
Out-Of-Pocket
1,509 mi: Repair stone chip in windshield with Safelite, $79.38
6,500 mi: Add Flyin’ Miata Hush-O-Matic exhaust, $595
Fuel Consumption:
EPA city/highway/combined: 20/26/22 mpg
Observed:
30.5 mpg
Cost Per Mile
(Fuel, service): $0.10
($0.46 including depreciation)
Trade-In Value
$25,828
*Estimate based on information from Intellichoice

Our Test Results
0–60 mph 6.0 sec
60-0 mph 107 ft
1/4–mile 14.6 sec @ 94.0 mph
Skidpad 0.95 g
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Mazda Motorsports Adds Factory Hardtop for MX-5 Miata Cup Racers http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-motorsports-adds-factory-hardtop-club-racers/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-motorsports-adds-factory-hardtop-club-racers/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:08:25 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1138100 Do you like to race your Mazda Miata professionally? Good news for you — Mazda Motorsports is now offering a factory-approved hardtop for its MX-5 Global Cup race car. It was designed for MX-5 Cup owners wishing to compete in series that require a factory-approved hardtop like the Pirelli World Challenge. Mazda says the new top retails for $4,420....

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Do you like to race your Mazda Miata professionally? Good news for you — Mazda Motorsports is now offering a factory-approved hardtop for its MX-5 Global Cup race car.

It was designed for MX-5 Cup owners wishing to compete in series that require a factory-approved hardtop like the Pirelli World Challenge. Mazda says the new top retails for $4,420.

“While our first year was spent concentrating on the successful launch of the MX-5 Cup car in our Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, we knew that was just one arena for customers,” said David Cook, Mazda Motorsports business development manager, in a statement.

“Now with an available hardtop, Mazda racers can compete in SCCA and NASA Club Racing and in the Pirelli World Challenge TCA class.”

Orders are currently being accepted exclusively through Mazda Motorsports from owners and racers who have committed to purchasing an MX-5 Global Cup race car.

Mazda says that deliveries will begin in April. Check out www.mazdamotorsports.com for more details.

2016 Mazda MX 5 Miata Cup car Laguna Seca

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First Drive: 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-mazda6-grand-touring-first-drive-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-mazda6-grand-touring-first-drive-review/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:00:30 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1134953 The driver’s midsize sedan

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You’re forgiven if you consider the midsize sedan to be the automotive equivalent of the dishwasher. After all, the utilitarian segment is known better for its ability to handle the demands of everyday life than the demands of a twisty canyon road. But not all is bleak for single 20-somethings outgrowing their Mazda3 hatchbacks by becoming married 30-somethings. The 2017 Mazda6 offers plenty of space for the demands of a growing family without making the family’s primary members feel like they’re giving up.

First, the 6’s qualifications for being a good midsize sedan: seating for five with enough space for a 6-foot-3-inch passenger to sit behind a 6’3” driver. The 6 boasts 38.7 inches of rear leg room, 0.2-inch less than a Toyota Camry and 1.2-inches less than the cavernous Volkswagen Passat, almost enough headroom for that rear passenger to not rub their hair on the headliner, and a big-enough trunk for a young family to easily bring what they need for a weekend getaway. (The 6 offers 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space, 0.6 fewer than the Camry and 1.1 fewer than the Passat). Further, noise is limited to what comes through the tires and the ride is smooth, though somewhat firmer than most buyers in the segment expect. The latter is no surprise for a Mazda, as the company continues to infuse its offerings with a splash of fun-to-drive character.

2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring rear end

Of course, if you’re reading this, you’re probably not a typical midsize customer and welcome the firmer ride and more dynamic behaviors that tend to come with the territory. The sportier suspension means less body roll and improved cornering control on interchange ramps and mountain roads alike, while the precise and responsive steering, which offers just the right amount of weight and resistance, will keep you confident you’re pointing the wheels in the right direction.

Part of the smile-inducing manners comes from the new-for-2017 G-Vectoring Control technology, which measures throttle inputs and steering-angle sensors — “among other things,” per Mazda — and when it deems necessary, retards spark to create the equivalent of eight pounds of engine braking pressure on the front end to increase the contact patch, improving steering stability and turn-in feel.

Mazda says the behavior will “largely go unnoticed.” Though it’s impossible to determine how significant the benefit to handling feel is without having a similarly-equipped 2016 6 on hand, one thing is certain: the handling feel of the 2017 6 is quite good. Even if you’re just navigating traffic, giving the wheel a tug to change lanes is a smile-inducing affair. “That felt good” or something to that effect will flash through your mind as your lips form a smile once you complete your maneuver.

Because of the 6’s dynamic nature, the normally vestigial shift paddles are actually worth using. Or the manual shift gate, if you prefer that; in traditional Mazda fashion, it uses a pull back/push forward configuration. Either way, the 2.5-liter I-4 works best when the transmission is in the gear you want it to be in rather than the gear it thinks you want it to be in. The engine makes good use of its 184 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, but with 3,304 pounds of car to pull, acceleration can hardly be described as spry, with the 6 needing 7.9 seconds to hit 60 mph. Once going, it will regain scrubbed speed fairly quickly, but even in the more-aggressively shifting Sport mode, you may miss that opening in traffic if you didn’t pre-select the right gear.

2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring rear three quarter

When you shift yourself, the automatic holds gears to the rev limiter instead of upshifting for you, and downshifts as you decelerate. It’s an enjoyable configuration, but the Mazda6 might be even more fun with a manual, which is available on the lower Sport and Touring trims.

The strongest selling point of the Grand Touring trim is the active safety package, which includes the usual alphabet soup of crash avoidance systems — blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive front lighting with high-beam control, and active cruise control. It also boasts a pair of pre-crash systems called “Smart City Brake Support,” which uses a windshield-mounted laser and automatically brakes at speeds below 20 mph if it believes a collision is impending, and “Smart Brake Support,” which uses the same millimeter-wave radar as the active cruise control and intervenes at speeds up to 90 mph, first by alerting the driver, then by applying the brakes.

If safety is a primary concern, it’s all great stuff to have except for one glaring flaw: the adaptive cruise control cuts out once you slow to 15 mph, leaving you at the mercy of the laws of physics, which will send you slowly coasting into the car in front unless you’re paying close attention. If you’re eyeing a car with ACC to make your commute less painful, decide accordingly. That said, Mazda is rolling out a full stop-capable adaptive cruise control system starting with the 2017 CX-5. We’ll be surprised not to see it show up on the 2018 6.

2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring side

Another cool bit of Grand Touring-only tech is the head-up display. It shows information like speed, adaptive cruise control settings, navigation directions, speed limits, and other safety alerts. We’d add a gear indicator to that mix to make the HUD more useful during spirited driving. It’s a neat piece of tech to have, but hardly special enough to be dealmaker or breaker.

Our tester also came with the $2,500 Grand Touring Premium Package, a mostly cosmetic equipment group that adds Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery, heated steering wheel and rear seats, a black headliner, bright finish interior trim, LED accent lighting for the shifter, and active grille shutters. Oh, and Mazda’s i-ELOOP kinetic energy recovery system — aka KERS for you Formula 1 fans. The system uses an electric double-layer capacitor to capture recovered energy during braking and supplies electric power to the car during acceleration instead of using the battery. As cool as the concept sounds, the practical benefit is a nearly negligible, additional 1 mpg city. But hey, Nappa leather!

In all, the 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring is a tech-rich offering that will satisfy most enthusiastic buyers in need of a family sedan, but with a base price of $31,570 its not a budget offering. (Our tester rang in at $34,530 including the premium package, $125 door sill trim plates, $75 cargo mat, and $300 for the Soul Red Paint). Those willing to sacrifice some tech and comforts like a Bose Stereo, moonroof, and leather upholstery in exchange for an even more-involving driving experience should opt for the $25,370 Mazda6 Touring with a six-speed manual gearbox. You still get the 19-inch wheels, keyless entry, and blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and smart city brake support systems while gaining a third pedal. Sure, you have to make do with mere leatherette upholstery, but it’s the one we’d get if we needed a midsize sedan but still had to scratch an itch to drive, using the money saved to buy a cheap Miata (what else?) for track use.

2017 Mazda6 I Grand Touring Specifications

ON SALE Now
PRICE $31,570/$34,530 (base) (as tested)
ENGINE 2.5L DOHC 16-valve I-4/184 hp @ 5,700 rpm, 185 lb-ft @ 3,250 rpm
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, FWD sedan
EPA MILEAGE 27/35 mpg city/hwy
L X W X H 191.5 x 72.4 x 57.1 in
WHEELBASE 111.4 in
WEIGHT 3,305 lb
0-60 MPH 7.9 sec
TOP SPEED N/A
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First Drive: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-mazda-mx-5-miata-rf-first-drive-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-mazda-mx-5-miata-rf-first-drive-review/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:02:06 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1130848 Retractable Fastback provides a more premium Miata experience

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SAN DIEGO, California—The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is not the first hardtop convertible Miata, but it is the first one to feature the sweet buttresses that, when the top retracts, provide the appearance of a targa top instead of a typical roadster.

Mazda developed the Retractable Fastback to preserve the Miata’s already minimal trunk space, which would be impacted considerably if a traditional convertible hard top, like that of the NC-generation Miata PRHT’s, was used, due to the new ND Miata’s smaller size. Instead, the RF loses just 0.11 cubic feet of cargo space, so there’s still enough room in the back for a duffel bag.

Top operation is quick and simple. Hold the center console-mounted switch up to open the top and down to close. Operation takes just 13 seconds and can happen at speeds up to 6 mph.

The tradeoff? An extra 113 pounds. A 4.8-percent increase in weight is not insignificant, but it’s also not that noticeable unless you’re trying to set records around an autocross course. The top is actually slightly heavier than 113 pounds, but Mazda drilled several holes into the underbody-tunnel member to save some weight. On the plus side, the RF offers true 50/50 weight distribution when equipped with a manual versus the soft-top ND’s 53/47 (automatic RFs split the weight 51/49).

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Another downside is that despite being 0.2-inch taller than a 17-inch wheel-equipped soft-top, the RF has 0.6-inch less headroom. Taller folk will feel the reduction in headroom, as there’s not that much to begin with. The reduction is due to the hard-top’s sound-absorbing headliner, which does the job it is intended to do quite well. The interior is substantially lower than the soft-top’s, and holding a conversation does not require elevation of voice volumes.

With the roof down, the RF feels much like a typical roadster — just one that happens to have a B-pillar, so there’s a slight blind spot. Wind buffeting is minimal because the rear glass folds with the roof, creating an opening for air to pass through.

Aside from the top, the RF receives a 4.6-inch color screen on the left side of the gauge cluster instead of a black-and-white one. Given that the RF is only offered in the higher-level Club and Grand Touring trims, this touch helps accentuate the RF’s more premium positioning, especially in Grand Touring.

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To the surprise of nobody, the Miata RF drives just like a Miata. The 155-horsepower naturally aspirated 2.0-liter is just as responsive and peppy, shifts are just as short and quick, steering is just as responsive and direct, and handling is just as controlled and predictable. RF Club versions, especially those equipped with the $3,400 Brembo/BBS package, will be sharper than the Grand Touring we sampled in the south San Diego County countryside, but no Miata fan short of the most hardcore autocrossser will be disappointed.

Of course, the few autocrossers out there that are looking to buy a new Miata (they prefer the cheap NA/NB route) left the building as soon as they heard the phrase “extra weight,” which is fine as the Miata RF is not meant for them anyway. The typical new Miata buyer is far from the youthful enthusiast typically associated with the name; in fact, the median age is 60. That mature customer will have a greater appreciation for the extra creature comforts of the hard-roof version, especially during inclement weather, and for many of them, a hard top simply won’t do. The Miata RF should help Mazda recapture those customers, although it’s likely to send the median age even closer to social security eligibility.

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That mature customer is also going to be far more willing to pay for the privilege of the RF’s hard top, which costs an extra $2,755 for the Miata Club and $2,555 for the Grand Touring. For that, they’ll get the same wonderful Miata driving experience we’ve come to expect without any of the comfort sacrifices made by choosing a soft top. And, at least in the eyes of some, they’ll be enjoying a better-looking ride as well.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Specifications

ON SALE Now
PRICE $32,390 (base)
ENGINE 2.0L DOHC 16-valve I-4/155 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 148 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual or automatic
LAYOUT 2-door, 2-passenger, front-engine, RWD convertible
EPA MILEAGE 26/33-35 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H 154.1 x 68.3 x 49.0 in
WHEELBASE 90.9 in
WEIGHT 2,445-2,485 lb
0-60 MPH 5.8 sec (est)
TOP SPEED 125 mph (est)
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First Drive: 2017 Mazda CX-5 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-mazda-cx-5-first-drive-review/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-mazda-cx-5-first-drive-review/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:01:05 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1130785 Mazda’s best-seller gets better thanks to

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SAN DIEGO, California — Last year was a tough one for Mazda, which saw its sales dip 6.7 percent year-on-year even as the industry as a while posted record numbers. The culprit? Sharp declines in the popularity of its cars, a phenomenon that has affected a number of automakers as buyers continue to shift towards crossovers. So not surprisingly, one bright spot in the Mazda lineup in 2016 was the CX-5, which remained the brand’s No. 1 selling model, accounting for a whopping 38 percent of U.S. sales. As such, it’s not hyperbole to say that the all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 is the most important vehicle the brand will be launching in the near future.

Given our recent experience with the new crossover, which is set to hit dealers shortly, we’re betting Mazda’s accountants and business analysts won’t have too much to worry about. The 2017 CX-5 is an attractive and intelligently engineered crossover that feels more premium than its badge implies, boasting a level of attention to detail not found in most mainstream offerings.

At launch, the combination of Mazda’s 2.5-liter Skyactiv I-4 and a six-speed automatic will be the only powertrain offered. In the 2017 CX-5, it makes 187 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque and can move the 3,600-lb SUV to 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds. Although its acceleration isn’t exactly spry, throttle response is excellent, with minimal tip-in delay. Its power curve is smooth and linear, and the shifts never felt short of cogs. Those needing a bit more go won’t have to wait long as Mazda’s torquey 2.2-liter diesel I-4 will arrive in the second half of the year.

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One of the primary goals Mazda had in mind when developing the new CX-5 was to achieve a significant reduction in NVH levels. To accomplish this, engineers worked on a host of areas to help quell the racket in the cabin. Among the updates: A third seal was added to the rear door and between the front and rear doors to prevent turbulence caused by the door gap; a deeper inner door seal was developed to better maintain pressure when forces pull the door away from the body; an additional seal was added to the tailgate; an uninsulated pocket in the cargo floor was closed off; acoustic glass was added to the front side windows; interior insulation was improved, and the suspension optimized. The result is a whisper-quiet interior even at freeway speeds, thanks to the near-elimination of high-frequency noises.

In addition to being quiet, the new CX-5’s cabin is also quite pleasant. Designers eliminated more than 20 elements that created “visual noise” from the outgoing CX-5’s interior and made more extensive use of premium materials. Controls are intelligently laid out, ergonomics are as good as they come, and there’s plenty of leg and headroom for tall individuals. One interesting choice Mazda made was to segregate infotainment and driving information, with the former limited to the center stack and the latter concentrated in the gauge cluster. On Grand Touring models equipped with the Grand Touring Premium Package, the head-up display now projects on the glass instead of a small plastic lens atop the dash.

2017 Mazda CX 5 interior

Our drive loop took us through much of the South San Diego County countryside, where we got to experience a wide variety of pavement and turns (most of them unbanked or off-camber) while driving amongst unusually green hills. The CX-5’s quiet demeanor was unfazed by rough and broken pavement, but the turns challenged the suspension, causing it to exhibit more body roll than expected, especially when traversing one of the aforementioned off-camber corners. That said, the CX-5 still handled matters better than softer competitors like the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V likely would have.

Steering is as direct, responsive, and linear as you’d expect a Mazda to have, if not more so. The 2017 CX-5 uses a rigid-mounted steering rack with fluid-filled control arm bushings, which provides better response at higher lateral Gs while reducing vibration. Engineers also adjusted spring perch angles to more accurately cancel side loads, which helps smooth out handling. Mazda’s new G-Vectoring control also improves turn-in by pulling just enough engine torque when the wheel turns to shift weight forward and increase the front contact patch. However, as is the case with most electric power assist steering setups, feedback is minimal.

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To provide some perspective — and, perhaps, firmly state its confidence in its product — Mazda offered up the opportunity to drive a few quick loops in a handful of competitors after we completed the main route. But these weren’t direct competitors — these were luxury offerings. After spending time in the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, and Lexus NX on hand (all of which were north of $40,000 as equipped), my drive partner agreed that even though the forced-induction-equipped competitors would all thoroughly dust it, the Mazda didn’t give any ground in the feature set (especially now that Mazda offers adaptive cruise control that works all the way down to a complete stop), offered a quieter interior than all but the Lexus, and provided better throttle response.

In all, although it could use more power, the 2017 CX-5 should be an even bigger hit for Mazda than the outgoing model. It offers premium style and packaging at a non-premium price with the added bonus of Mazda’s satisfying driving dynamics. It’s a fully on-brand product that also pushes the Mazda forward and is sure to satisfy all but the most power-hungry buyers.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Specifications

ON SALE March 2017
PRICE $24,985 (base)
ENGINE 2.5L DOHC 16-valve I-4/187 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 185 lb-ft @ 3,250 (FWD)/4,000 (AWD) rpm
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, FWD/AWD SUV
EPA MILEAGE 23-24/29-31 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H 179.1 x 72.5 x 65.3 in
WHEELBASE 106.2 in
WEIGHT 3,527-3,655 lb
0-60 MPH 7.8 sec (est)
TOP SPEED N/A
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2017 All-Stars Contender: Mazda CX-9 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-cx-9-2017-all-stars-contender/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-cx-9-2017-all-stars-contender/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 23:00:40 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1126035 In our first drive of the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9, we concluded, “While Mazda will have a tough job ahead of it turning the heads of customers shopping for luxury vehicles in the three-row crossover segment, it’s now not out of the realm for them to seriously consider the CX-9 as a viable option.” Given...

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In our first drive of the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9, we concluded, “While Mazda will have a tough job ahead of it turning the heads of customers shopping for luxury vehicles in the three-row crossover segment, it’s now not out of the realm for them to seriously consider the CX-9 as a viable option.”

Given that bold proclamation, we had no choice but to invite Mazda’s second-generation three-row crossover to our All-Stars shootout.

The first generation’s V-6 is gone, its place taken by a 2.5-liter turbo-four good for 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is mated to a six-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels.

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Mazda sent us a range-topping CX-9 Signature, which includes every luxury and tech feature the Japanese automaker has to offer. Active cruise control? Check. Rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring? Check. Nappa leather-trimmed upholstery? Check.

Despite the upmarket move, our judges felt the second-generation CX-9 was still a Mazda at heart.

“From throttle tip-in to steering response, it’s quite the athlete — most responsive — and drives smaller than it looks,” said contributor Ronald Ahrens.

“The four-banger surprised me, with plenty of pep for a big people mover, even at 8,500 feet,” mused contributor Nelson Ireson, who also chimed in on the interior, which he found “both handsome and surprisingly premium, with spacious second and third-row seats — spacious enough, even, for my 6-foot-2-inch frame to ride comfortably.”

Sounds like the recipe for an AUTOMOBILE All-Star, but you’ll have to come back on March 11 to find out if the CX-9 will make the cut.

2016 Mazda CX-9 Signature Specifications

ON SALE Now
PRICE $44,915/$45,215 (base/as tested)
ENGINE 2.5L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4
227-hp @ 5,000 rpm, 310 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 7-passenger, front-engine, AWD SUV
EPA MILEAGE 21/27 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H 199.4 x 77.2 x 67.6 in
WHEELBASE 115.3 in
WEIGHT 4,301 lb
0-60 MPH 7.4 sec
TOP SPEED N/A
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2017 Mazda CX-5 to Start at $24,985 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-mazda-cx-5-start-24985/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-mazda-cx-5-start-24985/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:01:50 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1126472 The all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 will cost only slightly more than the outgoing model when it goes on sale later this month. Mazda has announced that the base price for a front-drive 2017 CX-5 Sport will be $24,985, including destination — an increase of just $495 from 2016, excluding the discontinued manual transmission-equipped variant —...

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The all-new 2017 Mazda CX-5 will cost only slightly more than the outgoing model when it goes on sale later this month. Mazda has announced that the base price for a front-drive 2017 CX-5 Sport will be $24,985, including destination — an increase of just $495 from 2016, excluding the discontinued manual transmission-equipped variant — while an all-wheel drive variant will cost an $1,300.

The mid-range Touring trim starts at $26,855 and adds leatherette upholstery, blind spot monitoring, heated front seats, LED headlights, reclining rear seats, dual zone climate control, rear USB ports, and keyless entry. It can be had with Mazda’s entire active safety suite, which includes an updated version of Mazda Radar Cruise Control that is now capable of operating at all speeds, as well as with the Touring Preferred Equipment Package that adds a power moonroof, power liftgate, 10-speaker Bose audio, and navigation.

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At the top of the spectrum is the Grand Touring trim, which starts at $30,335 for a front-drive model and goes up to $33,465 for an all-wheel drive variant equipped with the $1,830 Grand Touring Premium Package and painted in Soul Crystal Red (a $595 option). The CX-5 Grand Touring comes standard with every option offered on the Touring as well as 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, adaptive headlights, and LED fog lamps and taillights. The Premium Package adds a head-up display, heated steering wheel and outboard rear seats, and a windshield wiper de-icer.

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 was unveiled in November at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show. Mazda has yet to release detailed specifications, but we do know that it will be offered exclusively with a 2.5-liter SKYACTIVE I-4 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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2017 Mazda CX-9 Pricing Stays the Same as Last Year’s Model http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-mazda-cx-9-gets-new-standard-features-same-starting-price/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2017-mazda-cx-9-gets-new-standard-features-same-starting-price/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:34:54 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1104806 The 2017 Mazda CX-9 goes on sale later this month starting at $32,460, the same price as last year’s model. Predictably, Mazda’s largest crossover sees few changes this year since it was fully redesigned for 2016. The base Sport model comes standard with LED headlights and taillights, rear backup camera, cloth seats, and a 7-inch...

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The 2017 Mazda CX-9 goes on sale later this month starting at $32,460, the same price as last year’s model.

Predictably, Mazda’s largest crossover sees few changes this year since it was fully redesigned for 2016. The base Sport model comes standard with LED headlights and taillights, rear backup camera, cloth seats, and a 7-inch color display for the Mazda Connect infotainment system. A $950 Sport package brings heated front seats, power driver seat, and heated mirrors.

For the new model year, the mid-level Touring adds standard Smart City Brake Support, which helps drivers avoid front collisions while traveling at low speeds. The feature was previously only available as an option on this trim level. The Touring–which also benefits from leather seats, keyless entry, power front seats, a power liftgate, and an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen — starts at $36,910, also unchanged from last year. The Touring Premium package tacks on automatic headlights, navigation, an 12-speaker Bose sound system, rain-sensing wipers, backup sensors, SiriusXM satellite radio, a sunroof, and other upgrades.

Step up one level to the Grand Touring, and you’ll receive additional features including adaptive front lights, head up display, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. This model is priced at $41,410.

Although the CX-9 comes standard with front-wheel drive, buyers can get all-wheel drive on any trim for an extra $1,800. That’s excluding the Signature trim, which comes standard with all-wheel drive and tops the CX-9 range. Priced at $45,255, the CX-9 Signature boasts rosewood accents, Nappa leather, and LED accent lighting in the cabin.

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All models come equipped with a 2.5-liter turbo-four producing 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque on regular octane gas (250 hp on premium octane). According to EPA estimates, the CX-9 is capable of achieving 22/28/24 mpg city/highway/combined when paired with front-wheel drive.

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