Category Archives: Mazda

2008 Mazda Speed 3, 5 passenger sedan (670)

[gallery link="file" ids="3252,3253,3254,3255,3256"] Overview: This week we’re looking at the 2008 Mazda Speed 3. By any measure or opinion you can’t argue with the fact that this is a high performance car. You need only test drive the car to be instantly impressed. It is truly a rocket and no matter what...
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2006 Mazda 6 S Grand Sport Wagon (584)

[gallery link="file" ids="3312,3313,3314,3315"] Overview: This week we're looking at the 2006 Mazda 6 S Grand Sport Wagon. Even this utility wagon comes with 18-inch wheels. Remember when 14” and 15” were the standard? This wagon is where practical comes home and although Corvette and other flashy cars are fun they just don't...
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2006 Mazda MPV 2-WD (580)

[gallery link="file" ids="3306,3307,3308,3309"] Overview: This week we're looking at the 2006 Mazda MPV 2-WD (SUV / Mini Van?) Mazda says: Body of a Minivan, soul of a sports car. I have a friend that fits that description. If you've read my column for very long you'll know that for a very long time...
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2006 Mazda Miata MX-5 (572)

[gallery link="file" ids="3300,3301,3302,3303"] Overview: This week I tested the “pea popper” Mazda Miata MX-5 and as that description came to mind I considered that it really communicates something less than a serious sport car driving experience. That is not entirely true and Merkel is quick to tell me how much better and capable...
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2005 Mazda 3 Sedan 4-door (567)

[gallery link="file" ids="3295,3296,3297"] Overview: Here we are again with yet another of hundreds of models to choose from. The 2005 Mazda 3 4-Door Sedan made the week to the Pacific Northwest a cost comfortable trip. I put on about 700 miles and that translates to about 2 tanks of gas and I...
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2005 Mazda RX 8 (522)

[gallery link="file" ids="3289,3290,3291,3292"] Overview: This week I tested the 2005 Mazda RX8 dual rotor rotary engine. Ok, so why aren't all engines rotary? In theory they make the most sense. Or do they? Technical Guru Merkel Weiss gives us a little insight into why Rotary engines are not used more. Poor fuel economy...
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2004 Mazda MPV (504)

Overview: This week I revisited the Mazda MPV that I had reviewed for 2003. The 2004 is not so different but it is well priced and worth another look. If there were any doubt that free market economics works, one need only look at the way carmakers have meshed the SUV...
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2003 Mazda MPV ES Wagon (Minivan) (427)

[gallery link="file" ids="3281,3282"] Overview: This week I drove the 2003 Mazda MPV ES Wagon (Minivan). I didn't like it in years past but didn't drive one until the 2000 year model. Interesting pricing comparison below. I have to tell you I've warmed up to this van a lot. I think Mazda was smart...
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2002 Mazda Protégé 5 (388)

[gallery link="file" ids="3277,3278,5046"] Overview: This week I had a chance to drive the New to the US Market, Mazda Protégé 5. Ok, not something I'd run out to buy, but it does appeal to the younger set. Low rider comes to mind. Not to be confused with “Easy Rider”. Anyway, it is...
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2000 Mazda Miata MX-5 (310)

[gallery link="file" ids="3272,3273,3274"] Overview: This weeks driving fun was provided by the Mazda Miata MX-5. I really liked the color combo with mahogany paint and beige top and interior. Real pretty. But it wasn't all good news. I tested the 1999 model year about two years ago and it is evident that...
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