Mazda Road Tests

Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

Outstanding refinement in Mazda's CX-9

The second-generation Mazda CX-9 is a finalist for the soon-to-be-announced New Zealand Car of the Year award. David Thomson checks the qualities that put it on the short list.

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Mazda CX-9: Big vehicle big on features

Mazda CX-9: Big vehicle big on features

Sports utility vehicles have become default family transport for the 21st century and large elevated seven-seaters are fast rising as the best choice.

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Mazda's popular compact extends its reach

Mazda's popular compact extends its reach

Mazda's new compact SUV has been causing quite a stir since its launch earlier in the year. David Thomson has been trying both entry-level petrol and flagship diesel variants.

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Fine-handling Mazda2 a worthy successor

Fine-handling Mazda2 a worthy successor

The latest Mazda2 is one of the first all-new models to grace our roads in 2015. David Thomson puts a small car that has big boots to fill through its paces.

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Manual Mazda hatch maintains high standard

Manual Mazda hatch maintains high standard

The new Mazda 3 - confirmed on Thursday night as New Zealand's 2014 car of the year - has already impressed Drivesouth this year, when tested in both 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre automatic four-door guise. Now the manual SP25 five-door hatchback has also passed through our hands.

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High-­achieving engine gives Mazda3 wings

High-­achieving engine gives Mazda3 wings

The quality of a given technology is surely proven when a key rival is driven to seek to buy into it.

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All-star motoring in Mazda 6 sedan

All-star motoring in Mazda 6 sedan

The new Mazda 6 diesel wagon secured a rave review when it was tested in these pages a few weeks back in flagship $60,795 Limited guise.

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Mazda6 of the best

Mazda6 of the best

The third-generation Mazda6 is dressed to impress with a bold new look, an impressive array of standard equipment and cutting-edge technology. David Thomson puts it to the test.

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More MX-5 magic from Mazda

More MX-5 magic from Mazda

Mazda has updated its timeless MX-5 Roadster, and David Thomson has been taking advantage of some superb recent weather to use it in the manner intended.

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Mazda makes an impact with new CX-5

Mazda makes an impact with new CX-5

Back in the 1970s, and well into the 1980s, rotary engines and the RX2, RX3 and RX7 cars they powered, set Mazda apart as one of Japan's quirkier, yet most innovative brands.

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Mazda's innovators are on an economy drive

Mazda's innovators are on an economy drive

As far as mid-life facelifts go, this is a radical rethink. Not visually, you understand, for aside from a new grille and other small styling tweaks about the nose and tail, this updated version of Mazda's best-selling model looks much like the neatly styled car it has replaced in showrooms since late last year.

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Mazda 6 takes the next step

Mazda 6 takes the next step

Exterior styling tweaks, a cabin upgrade, and revisions to the suspension and steering are the key features introduced as part of this year's midlife upgrade of the Mazda 6.

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Mazda CX-7 good on road, but thirsty

Mazda CX-7 good on road, but thirsty

A new chrome-accented grin and an updated more practical interior are the key features of a midlife upgrade for Mazda's road-focused CX-7 crossover.

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Mazda3 MPS: Still wild at heart

Mazda3 MPS: Still wild at heart

The bad boy of the Mazda family is growing up, but don't be fooled by his more refined demeanour and flash new wardrobe; this generously powered front-drive tearaway remains a hooligan at heart.

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Mazda MX-5: The automatic choice

Mazda MX-5: The automatic choice

Does the Mazda MX-5 gain more than it loses when fitted with a folding metal roof and automatic transmission in place of the traditional soft-top and manual gearbox? David Thomson tests the latest version of this iconic Japanese sports car to find out.

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Snapshot - Townie packs plenty of punch

Snapshot - Townie packs plenty of punch

Utes come in a bewildering range of configurations: single cabs, twin cabs, and double cabs; wellsides and flat-decks behind; diesel and petrol engines under the bonnet; two and four-wheel-drive.

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Lighter, smaller Mazda 2 delivers more

Lighter, smaller Mazda 2 delivers more

As you would expect, the vehicle that has just scooped New Zealand's premier car of the year award is rather special.

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Thrifty supermini has big ideas

Thrifty supermini has big ideas

Thinking thrift? You’ll soon be expected to, if the Government moves to knobble the big drinkers on our roads.

To elevate awareness about emissions and economy, expect compulsory fuel efficiency labelling on vehicles, an emission trading scheme and a tougher line on exhaust nasties.

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SUV crossover laps up twists and turns

SUV crossover laps up twists and turns

DRIVING onto a gravel riverbed to take the photographs that accompany this story was as close as the CX-7 came to off-roading in my hands. Decidedly lacking in rigour, this gentle traction test was selected intentionally, with the CX-7 in mind.

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MX-5 coupe and hot hatch ‘toys to enjoy’

MX-5 coupe and hot hatch ‘toys to enjoy’

The Mazda MX-5 Coupe is a bit of a misnomer.

For a start, the coupe describes the steel fold-away lid that Mazda has used instead of the more traditional soft top.

It also costs more - starting at $51,900 for the six-speed manual, it is almost $7000 more than the "base" MX-5.

But, who cares? I don't - it's an MX-5 - a car I have always loved.

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