2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

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"The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers superior handling, an easy-to-use convertible top and loads of driving fun, but it needs its imminent 2016 redesign to keep pace with a growing, competitive market," says Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson.

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Jennifer Geiger | December 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

Chrysler, Mazda Expand Takata Airbag Recalls

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Two automakers are expanding their Takata-airbag-related recalls. Chrysler is adding more than 200,000 vehicles to its regional recall of front passenger-side airbag inflators, while Mazda is following Honda’s lead and expanding its recall of approximately 330,000 vehicles to now include the driver-side Takata airbag.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall

In late November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Chrysler to expand its June recall of cars with defective Takata airbags by Dec. 1. The expanded recall is for 208,783 older-model vehicles in areas with high humidity, according to a statement from Chrysler. The automaker’s original recall included about 69,000 cars in Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Chrysler’s latest recall affects vehicles purchased, ever registered in or still registered in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas as well as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

By Jennifer Newman | December 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

Many Automakers Expand Takata Airbag Recall, But Feds Still Want More

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At least six automakers expanded their recalls this week for faulty airbag inflators from parts supplier Takata Corp. The affected airbags can launch shrapnel into passengers as they deploy; incidents were observed in high-humidity areas, prompting 10 automakers to recall scores of 2000s-era models registered in states such as Florida. The total previously stood at nearly 8 million cars, but that figure is rising fast.

Related: What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

After findings suggested the inflators could fail outside the recalled areas — and were possible with driver's-side airbags, not just the passenger airbags originally investigated — the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pressed on Nov. 18 for automakers to recall cars across all 50 states. This week, many automakers expanded their campaigns, but only Honda pushed the recall nationwide. Just this morning, the automaker said it would recall another 3 million cars for the driver's-side airbag, The Detroit News reports. That brings the total to at least 11 million, and it's the latest in a string of developments in a recall crisis blamed for at least five deaths so far.

By Kelsey Mays | December 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mazda CX-3 Video

Mazda is throwing its hat into the growing new subcompact SUV class with its new CX-3, on display at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new cute 'ute slots below the CX-5 in the automaker's lineup, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says it wears much of the larger SUV's styling outside.

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Inside, Mays says drivers will miss a covered center console for storage but that the interior impresses with soft-touch materials and plenty of tech features.

Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

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Mazda's roadster excels at turning an everyday drive into a thrill ride, and although it got a big styling update for 2016, the redesigned MX-5 Miata should offer more of the same driving excitement.

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The MX-5 Miata got slightly wider and lower for 2016, which gives it a more planted appearance. That, combined with a new grille, steeply raked windshield and sharp creases that slice through both sides of the hood turn the car's styling from cute to aggressive.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (2)

2016 Mazda CX-5 Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

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As has been the case each model year since its 2012 entree, the Mazda CX-5 gets a mild makeover for 2016. Updated exterior styling to the compact SUV includes a bolder grille, metallic gray accents, revised headlights and optional LED lighting.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Interior revisions include an electronic parking brake, longer rear seat cushions, larger door pockets with expanded storage and the latest version of the Mazda Connect multimedia system. Interior trim options now include an aluminum-look panel with a vertical hairline finish, a metallic-finish panel and a piano-black panel.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

2016 Mazda6 Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Mazda's midsize sedan was already one of the most dynamic looking in the class; for 2016, the Mazda6's styling is even edgier thanks to a revised winged grille design and new LED headlamps. It's being showcased at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Inside, Mazda tweaked the sedan's control layout to make room for the latest version of the Mazda Connect knob-controller-based multimedia system. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 20, 2014 | Comments (4)

2016 Mazda CX-3: Up Close

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Mazda is on a roll introducing aesthetically interesting new cars and SUVs. Check out the Mazda6; it looks right as rain. The all-new Mazda CX-3 is no different. Mazda's design team takes what could have been a bland, uninteresting subcompact SUV and crafts a stunner out of the awkwardly small proportions.

2016 Mazda CX-3: First Look 

There is no bad angle to view the CX-3 from when you check it out in person. The front styling, profile and rear have a continual design flow from front to back that's attractive and cohesive. The attention to detail up front is surprisingly impressive for a small SUV, showing off a more upscale appearance than some of its competitors like the Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.

By Joe Bruzek | November 20, 2014 | Comments (1)

Mazda Updates CX-5, Mazda6 for 2016

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Mazda's been busy at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show: The automaker debuted an all-new subcompact crossover, the CX-3; showed off a redesigned MX-5 Miata roadster; and unveiled updates to its midsize car and compact crossover. Both the Mazda6 and CX-5 get a mildly face-lifted exterior, revised control layout, new cabin materials and additional connectivity systems for 2016.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Mazda's compact SUV was new for 2012, and the automaker has updated it slightly for every model year since its launch. For 2016, the CX-5's face gets a slightly bolder grille with new metallic gray accents. The headlights have a revised interior layout, and Mazda's "signature" LED lighting is optional with the Technology Package.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Video

The fourth generation of Mazda's fun and sporty roadster gets a new drivetrain, is wider and lower than its predecessor and wears a more dramatic front end thanks to a pair of sinister-looking headlights.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Inside, Mazda has brightened up the new Miata's cabin with color contrast stitching on the dashboard and body-color inserts on the doors. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | November 19, 2014 | Comments (1)

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