the new mazdas

The new Mazdas have got all the cute, from their little shark noses to their black plastic fenders.

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It’s no secret that we like Mazdas around here, with two in our household fleet. Mazda makes a good, high quality car that’s always a little bit more fun to drive than the equivalent model from Toyo-honda or GM.

These little guys are the first examples I’ve seen in the wild of the new CX-3, which is the crossover version of the Mazda 2 very small car. I don’t really like the word “crossover”– that’s a station wagon, folks, one with a tall suspension, available all wheel drive and a few tough-looking body bits.

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But no matter what you call them, cars of this type are all the rage, so much so that crossovers of all sizes are set to replace the ubiquitous mid-sized sedan as the best-selling  vehicle type in the US.  Mazda is betting on this trend and choosing to bring this CX-3 to market here instead of the Mazda 2 hatchback. The wisdom of this highly unconventional choice is unproven (my guess is that it all depends on the price of gas), but they’ve certainly chosen a very appealing little car for the experiment.

(And yes, no photographer in his or her right mind would shoot shiny new cars in an unsheltered parking lot on a blazingly bright day at more or less noon with a phone camera.  But bloggers do what bloggers gotta do.)

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2 Responses to the new mazdas

  1. Wolfie says:

    I’ll always fondly remember my two Autozam Revues (Autozam being another badge that Mazda used in Japan.) The Revue was a mid-size (for Japan- here it’d be a compact) bubble car with a very short trunk. The interior was spacious enough for even 6’6″ me to drive comfortably, and the short wheelbase meant it could turn on a dime. There was enough trunk room for a few bags of groceries, all I needed at the time. My first one (purchased used) suffered a major transmission failure and I drove it back to the dealership, 100 miles away, entirely in first gear (which isn’t that tough of an ordeal in Japan when you use mountain roads and back roads, where the speed limit is about 20 – 25; not posted, but because if you go any faster you’re likely to go flying off the mountain.) My second one (also used) served me well until the end of my first stint in Japan in 2003. Best of all, they only cost about $2000 each.

  2. Pam Bliss says:

    If you have a picture to share of one or both of your Autozams, I’d be really glad to expand this comment into a guest post. I like the story a lot.

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