The past two SEMA shows have been the hotbeds for Mazda to show off some of what it can do to create the impressive performance that’s needed when you have one of the most fun cars to drive with the low power numbers of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. For the Miata to continue to be the fun car you want to drive, there has to be some variations that could make you want to get behind the wheel and see what each one of the different Miata models can do and how the changes made help to create the improved performance that we want to enjoy.
In the Mazda tradition of offering interesting as well as reliable vehicles for shoppers to enjoy, the Mazda 5 is very unique indeed. Coming in with a size that is only about as large as a compact sedan, the Mazda 5 has a sliding side door like a minivan but sits on a car platform. This vehicle is taller than a typical sedan and offers the ability to load bulky items in the rear with the tall rear lift gate access, but only offers a seating arrangement for up to six in the vehicle. Along with all this the Mazda mantra of “zoom zoom” rings true with the Mazda 5 by offering plenty of fun while driving.
Virtually unchanged from the 2013 models, the Mazda 5 is not the typical “mom-mobile” minivan but rather a smaller, sleeker, better handling vehicle that allows owners to know they made a great choice because of the easy to love handling and zippy acceleration. The only real knocks on this vehicle is the lack of electronic upgrades. The sliding doors do not offer a power option, and there is no touch screen to add for infotainment or navigation. This vehicle also does not offer a V6 at all, but it is otherwise a great car to drive.
The brand new, completely redesigned 2014 Mazda 6 is one of the most exciting car offerings of this model year. Having gained a loyal following over the years with its great handling and exterior style, the newly designed car offers fuel economy better than ever before as well as some fantastic technologies to fill the bill any owner would be looking for in a mid-sized sedan.
Not only is the Mazda 6 completely redesigned and retooled but this car went to the daring by cutting out the six cylinder engine in chasing a vast amount of fuel economy and power combined in one. In addition to creating a great car with a smaller more efficient engine, the Mazda 6 also comes equipped with a ton of great safety technologies to really help keep the occupants as safe as possible. So much are the safety features that the car earned the attention of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and won the award for Top Safety Pick Plus in the Mid-Sized Sedan category when the vehicle is equipped with the optional front crash prevention equipment.