Notice the Difference of Driving Mazda Cars

May 19th, 2017 by

When you think about driving, what sort of thoughts make their way through your mind? For many of us, driving represents freedom of the open-road, conjuring thoughts of windows rolled down and music playing loudly. For others, driving is synonymous with the hassles of a daily commute, wrestling with traffic and every stress that a driver faces. Suffice it to say, neither is entirely accurate. At the end of the day, driving (and everything that comes with it) is a reality of daily life for most Americans. Simply put: Driving Matters.

Mazda’s understanding of this is infused into their design, built to serve the enjoyment (and yes, even the burdens) of the everyday driver. Stopping in at the Mazda dealership near me immediately reminds me how effortlessly Mazda can “check” so many boxes. For starters…

EASY AS 1, 2, 3…

Mazda is keen to offer their customers greater flexibility in finding their ideal vehicle. This begins with offering each model in various trim packages like Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. Standard offerings vary for each trim, but help to tailor the base attributes of each model in a manner that empowers the driver to find the perfect vehicle to fit their needs and budget. In a minute we’ll review models beginning with the Mazda3, so what could be a better example to explore the trim packages than the 4-door sedan?

With an MSRP of $17,485, the Mazda3 Sport comes stock with push-button ignition, cloth-trimmed seats, a 7-inch touch screen and a rearview camera. Not a bad place to start! Upgrading to the Touring will score you leather seats (front seats heated), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless entry. Stepping up to the Grand Touring comes with moonroof, active driving display, and LED fog lights. The trim packages for each model will differ, but are available to best reflect your preferences.

Now, let’s talk about the offerings of Mazda’s 2017 model year, beginning with…


The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Mazda 3 is the first rung on Mazda’s ladder, and already a 10Best Winner from Car and Driver, boasting an impressive 37 highway MPG (27 city) in a compact design that seats four comfortably. Available in both manual and automatic transmissions, it channels 155 horses and receives praise for design, performance, and affordability. Available as a sedan or a hatchback, cargo space can shift from 20.2 – 47.1 ft3 when rear seats are dropped. Affordably priced under $20,000 (new), the Mazda 3 is a perfect in-road for the daily commuter.


Shifting to a more “family-friendly” sedan, the Mazda 6 offers a sexier alternative to the sporty design of the 3. With a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, it offers 35 highway MPG (26 city), but turns the dial up to 184 horsepower. Once again, the buyer has the option of manual or automatic transmissions, catering to a wider range of drivers. Seating five, previous redesigns have yielded a welcoming and comfortable interior – and yes – priced under $25,000, the 6 earns Mazda yet another seat on Car & Driver’s 10Best list.


Stepping up to models with the option of All-Wheel Drive upgrade, Mazda serves up the CX-3 with a 2.0 Liter 4-Cylinder offering 32 MPG (highway, 27 city) with 146 horses. The bridge between Mazda’s sedan and SUV offerings, the CX-3 walks in both worlds without settling in either. Having benefited aesthetically from the 2016 redesign, certain design improvements are admittedly compromised with a reduction in cabin space and storage. That said, it serves perfectly in accommodating a niche segment of Mazda customers.


The CX-5 offers a standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder standard, with the option of 2.5-liter. The 4-cylinder CX-5 offers 30 MPG (highway, 24 city) and up to 185 horsepower. Priced competitively around $25,000 (standard), Mazda has been applauded for steps taken to minimize cabin-noise, and the CX-5 shows substantial improvement over both its predecessors, and other models within the line. With ease of handling and durable suspension, the sportiness of the CX-5 is enhanced further through G-Vectoring Control Technology, which utilizes engine-software to manipulate weight transfer, allowing for a smoother ride.


Building upon the foundation of the CX-5, practicality and sleek design are married seamlessly in the (4-door, 7-passenger) CX-9. Boasting a turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-Cylinder, the CX-9 offers 27 MPG (highway, 21 city) and an impressive 250 horsepower, considering that most of its contemporaries sport a V6. That said, there is a refinement in the design evoking the features and feel of luxury SUVs, while provoking everything in its path with a certain “mean-ness” to its front-end design. Simultaneously aggressive and flirty in appearance, the CX-9 is Mazda’s remarkable achievement in providing a comparable, yet economical alternative to both mid-cap and luxury SUV offerings. Priced around $30,000, it is the jewel in the crown of Mazda SUV offerings.

Whether you’re a commuter without passengers, or a family, Mazda’s line may provide the exact fit for your lifestyle. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Whether looking for new or used – to buy or to lease – we are here to make sure that your experience is a positive one. We proudly maintain a full inventory of new and used Mazdas, along with the ability to confirm vehicle availability in real time. Each vehicle listing confirms the trim package, and provides a full breakdown of features as well as high-resolution images of the vehicle’s exterior and interior. In addition, you can select any vehicles you’d like for an onscreen side-by-side comparison to ensure that you find the perfect fit. In addition, you can find out more about our current specials, lease options, financing programs and apply for pre-approval. We look forward to speaking with you further and to matching you up with your perfect Mazda.