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  • 2022 Mazda CX-30 Premium – Review

    2022 Mazda CX-30 Premium – Review

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    Automobile sizes are incredibly relative from country to country, or at least from continent to continent. When I was in Germany recently, around the holidays, I was reminded of just how compact some “family cars” are. What we consider small works for a family of four, or even five, overseas. The Mazda CX-30 was built […]

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  • The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata is more than the sum of its parts

    The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata is more than the sum of its parts

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    The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata brings out pure, joyous nostalgia. It reminds you of the adrenaline you experienced the first time you rode a bike without training wheels or drove a light, simple roadster with the top down. There’s no piece of the MX-5 pie that stands out as special, yet everything comes together to […]

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

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

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    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 […]

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  • 2022 Mazda Mazda3 Hatch Turbo Premium Plus l Review

    2022 Mazda Mazda3 Hatch Turbo Premium Plus l Review

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    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 […]

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  • 2022 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo AWD Review

    2022 Mazda3 2.5 Turbo AWD Review

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    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 […]

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  • 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD l Review

    2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD l Review

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    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 […]

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

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

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    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 […]

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  • 2020 Mazda CX-30: Second Bite At The Apple

    2020 Mazda CX-30: Second Bite At The Apple

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    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 […]

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  • 2020 Mazda3 – Reviewed

    2020 Mazda3 – Reviewed

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    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 […]

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  • 2020 Mazda3 – the best small sedan you can buy

    2020 Mazda3 – the best small sedan you can buy

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    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 […]

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