Ioniq 5 vs. Mach-E vs. bZ4X – Quick Comparo

I have had the recent privilege of sampling quite a few new EVs coming onto the market and figured I am in the position to provide some useful consumer advice (for once). Within the span of a week, I got to spend time with the new 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5, and the not-even-released 2023 Toyota […]

2022 Mazda Mazda3 Hatch Turbo Premium Plus l Review

2022 Mazda Mazda3 Hatch Turbo Premium Plus

Who here doesn’t like a hatchback? If you don’t, get out! Just kidding, we’ll take any and all reader. Please don’t leave. If you aren’t a fan of the hatch, let me help bring you over to the correct side. The hatchback is all things to all people, it’s not only practical, but with the […]

2022 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo AWD Review

That the Mazda3, a five-door hatchback, even exists in the U.S. market in 2022 is shocking. It seems like every new vehicle introduced is a crossover or being marketed as such. Kia has the brilliant Carnaval minivan, yet all the messaging around it is how it’s “like an SUV.” Mazda in the past positioned itself […]

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD l Review

2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD

Getting old sucks, and that is especially true in the crossover world. While many pine for now-classic 1990s and older enthusiast cars, very few people really wish they could find a mint CR-V. Notice I said “very few”, I’m regularly on weird car Twitter, so I know there’s a lot of diversity in our little […]

2021 Mazda Miata l Review (plus, what’s next for the NE MX-5?)

2021 Mazda Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is just about synonymous with the automotive enthusiast. The Top Gear/Grand Tour blokes claim that you have to have owned an Alfa Romeo to be a true petrolhead. Here in the states, it’s the Miata. Before we get too much further, yes I’ve owned a couple (NB and NC), and I’ve […]

2020 Mazda CX-30: Second Bite At The Apple

Mazda CX-30 Hero shot Mackinac Bridge

Preamble I would have to go back and check the dates to be sure, but something like three and half years ago I reviewed the Mazda CX-3.  To cut to the chase, my take on Mazda’s small crossover was not favorable at all.  It was smaller than a Mazda3 yet cost more money.  My opinion […]

2020 Mazda3 – Reviewed

Mazda sold 50,741 Mazda3’s in calendar 2019.  How many were manuals, I can not say as Mazda doesn’t break that out.  There were less than 250,000 manual transmission vehicles sold in the U.S. in calendar 2019.  So, let’s just say that this one was delivered in “enthusiast spec”. Exterior The 2020 Mazda3 is flat out […]

2020 Mazda3 – the best small sedan you can buy

mazda3 awd review side

The fourth generation of the Mazda3 went on sale as a 2019 model. It looked a little like a smaller Mazda6, which is a good thing as the 6 is a handsome vehicle. Unlike the 6, the 3 came in two variants: a sleek sedan and a sporty hatchback. Unfortunately for Mazda, the compact car […]

2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature: Almost Famous

Last year when I drove and reviewed this latest generation of CX-5 I gave it a favorable review as one of the best in its segment. That is, as long as you could deal with the engine, which was grossly underpowered. Of course, up sprung the apologists who claimed that the normally aspirated motor provided […]

The new SKYACTIV engine transforms the Mazda MX-5

The Setup One of the great things about Mazda is that it’s willing to put proper winter tires on the cars in its press fleet. This sounds simple, yet not every automaker goes this route. Given December in Michigan is as likely to see 50 degrees or five inches of snow, Mazda is doing a good […]