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Honda CR-V vs. Mazda CX-5

Car shoppers tend to look at compact SUVs because they like the extra cargo space and higher driving position that compact SUVs typically provide. Most compact SUVs are also crossovers, which means that though they have more space and are taller than cars, they tend to drive like sedans instead of rough-and-tumble SUVs.  That car-like performance is a selling point for most compact SUV buyers, but few compact SUVs have the sport-sedan performance that some buyers want. [See full compact ... continue reading»

Tags: Tips and Advice, Honda CR V, Mazda CX 5

Latest 2013 Models Shine in Safety Tests

Over 40 new and redesigned cars, trucks and SUVs are being introduced for the 2013 model year. That's more than 15 percent of the 2013 new car market. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have begun testing these vehicles, and many perform well in crash tests. Kicking Tires reports that NHTSA released scores for a small batch of new and redesigned models, and they earn good scores. The 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT ... continue reading»

Tags: News, IIHS, NHTSA, Ford Escape, Hyundai Elantra, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Mazda CX 5, Safety scores

2013 Mazda CX-5 Named IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2013 Mazda CX-5, which is an all-new compact crossover vehicle, recently earned top safety scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Because of its exceptional safety scores, the IIHS designated the CX-5 as a Top Safety Pick. In IIHS testing, the affordable compact SUV earned the top score of “good” in front, side and rear crash tests and roof strength tests. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 joins other affordable compact SUVs that are IIHS Top Safety Picks, including the ... continue reading»

Tags: Model News, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Mazda CX 5

Mazda Bringing Diesel Engine to U.S.

Mazda is planning to bring its Skyactiv-D diesel engine to the U.S. in early 2013, but the automaker hasn’t said which vehicle it will be offered in. The diesel engine will be available in Japan in the new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover. While we don’t know what sort of fuel economy estimates a diesel-powered CX-5 would get from the EPA, some preliminary data is available. “Equipped with an idling-stop system, the Skyactiv-D 2.2 in the CX-5 ... continue reading»

Tags: Mazda3, Model News, Diesel engines, Mazda6, Mazda CX 5, Skyactiv