Mazda: 2015 CX-3 Skyactiv-D Limited AWD review

June 24th, 2015 by Robert Barry

Mazda’s new CX-3 crossover is based on the platform of the funky new Mazda2, but it has the look and feel of a far bigger car.

We had the pleasure of driving the new top spec 1.5-litre turbo diesel all-wheel-drive CX-3 Limited for a week in some of the worst weather conditions May could throw at us, and there were many times that the raised ride height and four wheel traction came into its own. Continue reading “Mazda: 2015 CX-3 Skyactiv-D Limited AWD review” »

Mazda: 2015 Mazda2 Limited review

January 27th, 2015 by Darren Cottingham

This is the car that caught Suzuki resting on its rather comfortable laurels. The Swift has been the top dog of the small car world for years, but not any more: Mazda took what wasn’t really broken, but fixed it in a way unimaginable to Suzuki, and the majority of us, and the result could shake things up. Continue reading “Mazda: 2015 Mazda2 Limited review” »

Mazda Mazda6 LTD Sedan 2013 Review

May 28th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

If we’re talking movies, the last one in the trilogy is usually the worst. Most often it’s the first, and sometimes it’s the second (like The Empire Strikes Back and Aliens). This Mazda6 LTD sedan is the third in the trilogy of test cars Mazda NZ bestowed on us, but it’s no Return of the Jedi.

mazda6-ltd-sedan-rqWe started with the base model GLX, had a small intermission for an ice cream before getting the better-endowed GSX (both as station wagons), and now the Continue reading “Mazda Mazda6 LTD Sedan 2013 Review” »

Mazda Mazda6 GSX 2013 Review

May 13th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

When you want one of the best-looking station wagons out there to have a little more pep than the base model GLX, but not the largesse of the top-of-the-range LTD, then you go for the GSX.


This review outlines the differences between the base model GLX and this mid-range GSX. Check out the GLX article for a more comprehensive overview of the Mazda6 model itself (clicking opens it in a new window so you won’t lose your place here).


With 500cc more than the GLX Mazda6, the engine is now a shade under 2.5 litres. You’ve got 24 more Continue reading “Mazda Mazda6 GSX 2013 Review” »

Mazda Mazda6 GLX Petrol 2013 Review

April 19th, 2013 by darren

Has Mazda made the perfect station wagon? I liked the previous Mazda6, but I like this one more. A lot more. It’s got the kind of lines that only premium executive grand tourers used to have. It’s a large car. In fact, it’s quite a lot larger than the previous model at 4870mm long – is Mazda going after the space that the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon are struggling with?

Mazda-6-sHowever, because of Mazda’s SkyActiv technology and engineering philosophy, it’s lighter and more economical. The body is around 30% more rigid but because Mazda uses ultra-high strength steel, it can manufacture it more economically to weigh less.

Mazda-6-rqAdding to the fuel economy benefits of it being lighter are the new two-litre, four-cylinder engines and their stop/start technology that turns the engine off when you’re stationary; finally, the Mazda6 has Continue reading “Mazda Mazda6 GLX Petrol 2013 Review” »

Mazda CX-9 AWD Petrol Limited 2013 Review

January 30th, 2013 by darren

What better time to have a powerful, spacious seven-seat car than when you’re heading on a road trip with some mates. It’s exactly the kind of scenario that no one has ever bought a seven-seat car for, but it’s oh so convenient.

Being young(ish), single and unencumbered with offspring, I don’t usually have a need for three rows of seats. If I needed to carry large loads on a regular basis I’d just buy Continue reading “Mazda CX-9 AWD Petrol Limited 2013 Review” »

Mazda MX-5 2012 Review

December 17th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

Sometimes you have to look for a picture that perfectly describes a car, and in this case, the MX-5 does handle like it’s on rails.

The world’s best selling sports car has returned in slightly more muscular clothing to give you back road thrills on a budget. If the Lotus Elise is a featherweight and the Dodge Viper is a heavyweight, Mazda punches in the lightweight class. Mazda has kept the same formula: keep it light, keep it rear wheel drive and make the handling like it’s your own hands pummeling the tarmac.

So, to that extent, nothing was broken, but there’s only so long you can hold out before Continue reading “Mazda MX-5 2012 Review” »

More Magic from Mazda MX-5

September 20th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

The iconic Mazda MX-5 is being upgraded with a number of new stylish features and we’ve got one coming in December (which we’re quite excited about).

Mazda New Zealand Managing Director, Andrew Clearwater says, “The Mazda team have been careful not to change the cars’ DNA that has impressed so many kiwi motorists since the MX-5 was first launched in New Zealand 23 years ago.”

“Its popularity here and abroad has resulted in the MX-5 securing a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for becoming the best-selling two-seater sports car in the world.”

“The changes we have made will make the driving experience even more enjoyable. New Zealanders love to put the top down for the great kiwi road trip and there’s no better car to experience it in than the MX-5,” says Clearwater.

The soft-top, with glass rear windscreen, remains one of the easiest opening and closing convertible roofs. The electric folding hard-top on the coupe takes only 12 seconds to open or close and continues to be one of the fastest in the market. In addition, the roof retracts into a separate area so it does not encroach on any boot space.

From September the MX-5 will see some functional design alterations, which include the reshaping of the front bumper, changes to the fog lamps and bezel surrounds along with a redesigned front grill.

A new exterior colour is added to the range with Dolphin Grey replacing the Metropolitan Grey of the previous MX-5 models. The facelift continues through to the luxury interior which has had a glossy dark grey garnish applied to the dashboard decoration panel, steering wheel and shift lever.

Mechanical upgrades have also been made to the MX-5 six speed manual models which have been fitted with a sportier throttle tuning. The upgrade will deliver more power and smoother handling. Retractable hard top owners will see upgraded dark gun metallic wheels, black headlamp bezel and a glossy dark grey garnish applied to the roll bars.

The new look MX-5 will be available in New Zealand in October 2012.

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