Recall Alert: 2003-04 Mazda6, 2004 RX-8

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Vehicles Affected: More than 18,000 model-year 2003-04 Mazda6 cars and model-year 2004 RX-8 sports cars

The Problem: A defect in the passenger side frontal airbag may produce excessive internal pressure, causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the device; metal fragments could strike and seriously injure occupants. This latest action is an expansion of a 2013 recall related to the ongoing problem with airbag systems manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., a major world supplier of the devices, involving numerous automakers.

The Fix: Mazda will begin notifying owners in August, and dealers will replace the defective airbag inflator for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mazda at 800-222-5500, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mazda CX-5 Real-World Cargo Space

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Mazda's CX-5 has the distinction of being a compact SUV for driving enthusiasts with excellent fuel economy and great cargo room - not your typical compact crossover formula. Making the cargo area everyday friendly are folding seats that release in two locations. There is a set of levers in the cargo area that release the folding backseat so you don't have to walk around to the rear doors to fold the seats and then walk back to the cargo area. There are also seat releases on the backseat itself.

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A 40/20/40-split folding backseat that's standard in Touring and Grand Touring trims offers increased versatility over the Sport's 60/40-split seat, and even the middle section can be folded/released using the cargo area lever. The space-efficient CX-5's cargo area does many things well, though the backseat doesn't slide or recline like in the Jeep Cherokee or Chevrolet Equinox. See how well common items fit in the CX-5, below.

By Joe Bruzek | July 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

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Every year hundreds of new-car models are introduced and enter the research process for millions of car shoppers. The dizzying number of choices sometimes shrouds from the masses what are good cars.

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Here are 10 cars that Cars.com's editors agree are overlooked due to no fault of each vehicle's own substantial merits.

 

1. 2015 Mazda6

The Mazda6 is one of the rare family sedans that is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient; it's rated as high as 28/40/32 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission and the optional GT Technology Package, which includes regenerative braking and active grille shutters. But even the base automatic gets 38 on the highway. Good cabin quality, intuitive controls, comfortable seating and a striking design also fall into the Mazda's favor.

By David Thomas | July 23, 2014 | Comments (9)

All-New 2016 Mazda2 Revealed, U.S. Will Have to Wait

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Subcompact-car shoppers have another model to put on their radar, but they’ll have to wait awhile for it. Mazda just announced that its smallest car in the U.S., the Mazda2, is being completely redesigned and will go on sale, globally, this fall. There was no announcement on a timeframe for U.S. sales, but because it’s being released as a 2016 model year, it can’t be sold here until the 2015 calendar year.

Related: Mazda Turns Up Connectivity With New System

This is the first time the Mazda2 (named Demio in other markets) has received a redesign since its introduction in the States as a 2011 model. As shown in these photos, the new 2 shares design styling with the updated Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback as well as the CX-5 compact crossover. It also sports a new interior with the company’s latest multimedia system, which we had mixed feelings about when reviewing the Mazda3.

It will pack a new 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that promises extreme fuel economy but minimal power numbers: 83 horsepower and 83 pounds-feet of torque. It could be rated as the most efficient nonhybrid on the market when its final numbers are released.

By David Thomas | July 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Mazda CX-5: Car Seat Check

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Since its debut for the 2013 model year, the Mazda CX-5 has proved itself a formidable contender among compact crossovers. It particularly distinguished itself in the fun-to-drive category, where the CX-5 only improved when it returned for the 2014 model year with a more powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine option. Not a lot has changed for 2015: The CX-5's base price has increased a mere $150, including destination, and for the purposes of car seat installation, all backseat passenger-room dimensions remain identical to the outgoing model.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | July 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Jeep Cherokee Versus 2014 Mazda CX-5

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In our latest head-to-head comparison we pit Cars.com's long-term 2014 Jeep Cherokee against a formidable competitor: Mazda's 2015 CX-5. The CX-5 came to us in our regular rotation of press cars and was ripe for a duel with our Cherokee, which was looking for redemption after being defeated by the well-rounded 2014 Nissan Rogue.

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We've had good experiences with both SUVs. The Cherokee was purchased because it's unique to an extreme and impressed our editors with its refined ride quality and class-leading technology. The CX-5 scored second place in Cars.com's $25,000 compact SUV comparison of 2012-13 models a few years ago thanks to its space-efficient design and stylish exterior.

By Joe Bruzek | July 9, 2014 | Comments (17)

Mazda Confirms New MX-5 Miata for 2016

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Mazda is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its feisty little roadster with a big announcement: The automaker plans to unveil the fourth generation of the MX-5 Miata in September. Mazda didn't release any details, but we know the redesigned car will wear the 2016 model year.

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

Mazda gave enthusiasts a sneak peek at the 2014 New York International Auto Show when it showed off the vehicle's new SkyActiv chassis and announced that the new MX-5 "would be lighter, stronger and with a physical footprint more in tune with its first-generation predecessor than with its heavier, larger current-day cousin." Check back for more when the car debuts on Sept. 3.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears (2014 model shown)

By Jennifer Geiger | July 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

BMW, Chrysler, Ford Join Ever-Expanding Airbag Recall

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Three more major automakers have joined the massive expansion of the recall action involving airbags that could deploy with too much pressure and cause injury. BMW, Chrysler and Ford added their names to the roster of automakers — which already includes Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota — that are recalling millions of vehicles equipped with a faulty airbag inflator, manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. As we reported Monday, Honda, Mazda and Nissan announced they are recalling millions of vehicles to fix the airbag problem that was supposedly addressed last year; that followed Toyota's June 11 recall announcement of its expansion of the initial April 2013 recall. Today's announcement comes as 2014 reaches a new record for U.S. recalls, now topping 31 million — well over half of which are from GM, beleaguered by its ignition-switch debacle.

Get the full story from the Detroit News, here.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Honda, Mazda and Nissan Join Airbag Recall Expansion

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Three Japanese automakers are recalling millions more vehicles worldwide — including more than a million in the U.S. — due to an inflator defect in airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., NBC reported. This latest announcement by Honda, Mazda and Nissan follows the June 11 announcement by Toyota of a massive expansion of a 2013 recall of vehicles equipped with airbags that could deploy with too much pressure, increasing the risk of an injury. Hot on the heels of the Toyota news earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it was reopening its investigation into the matter.

Get the full story from NBC here.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2008-2011 Mazda Tribute

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Vehicles Affected: About 33,000 model-year 2008-11 Mazda Tribute crossovers manufactured between Oct. 5, 2006, and Sept. 11, 2010.

The Problem: A steering torque sensor may not be able to properly detect driver steering input, causing the system to remove the electric power-steering assist; if this happens, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. In May, Ford announced the recall of about 740,000 model-year 2008-11 versions of the Escape and Mercury Mariner, which are both related to the Tribute, for the same power-steering problem.

The Fix: Mazda will notify owners beginning in July, and dealers will update the software for the power-steering control module and the instrument cluster module for free. If a vehicle shows a history of loss of the torque sensor signal or fault codes relating to the power-steering control module when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, the affected components will be replaced.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mazda at 248-295-7859 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

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