Three of Mazda's Best 2013 Models
With the recent arrival of the LA Auto Show (November 30 - December 9, 2012), you may be wondering what Mazda will be officially announcing in the new model year. But we already know some of what to expect. Here are some of the most-awaited offerings from Mazda in 2013, with detailed specifications for the new features.
Mazda 6 The 3rd generation Mazda 6 model has a 148bhp, 2.2-liter diesel engine, ensures lower gas emissions and uses the new i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system for better fuel-efficiency; an optional 173bhp engine is also available. It uses the cutting-edge SkyActiv technology and Kodo design language that was first used in the CX-5. The nose has a sharp crease compared to the outgoing 6 model; the rear deck is shorter and the A-pillar is moved back 100 mm from the front wheel, thus reducing overhang and making the bonnet appear longer. All the body lines keep the mass at the rear, which makes it appear ready for motion. It has a short-throw mechanical gear lever action and 19-inch wheels that are in line with its stable, sporty image, although the steering does not have the best response. There are LED luminescence and halo ring light guides in the head lights, a first for Mazda cars. The interiors are fitted with soft-touch plastics; this combined with an adjustable tilt feature on the driver's seat, a telescopic steering wheel and an advanced navigation system give the driver a cockpit-like experience. Despite its arched roof, the back row has great headroom and ample legroom. The upper opening of the trunk is wider than the previous model, which makes loading easy. This model will be available by January 2013, priced at $20,725 for the i Sport 4-door sedan up to $29,990 for the s Grand Touring 4-door sedan. CX-5 Crossover
This compact SUV is the first model to incorporate the new Kodo: Soul of Motion design language that uses creased sheet metal to give the exterior a natural yet aggressive look. The CX-5 Crossover has also inaugurated the SkyActiv fuel-efficient technology, which has given it a light-weight body and gas mileage of 26 mpg on city roads and 35 mpg on the highway. It is fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, it has dark charcoal cabin trim and leather seats; these firmly bolstered, easy adjusting seats feel like they belong in a sports car. The only drawback is that they are positioned at a slight height. The weighted steering gives a sharp response. The layout of the instrument panel and controls is elegant in its simplicity. The advanced Grand Touring model is fitted with a user-friendly touch-screen Bose audio system, automatic climate control, heated seats and a rear view camera. Mazda plans to launch its 2013 CX-5 by February, with the base model priced at $20,995 and the Grand Touring model costing $28,595. It'll face stiff competition from the likes of Toyota, Kia, Audi and Volkswagen, etc. MX-5 Miata
2013 will be last year for the current generation of the Mazda MX-5. However, it is being given quite a few upgrades. Firstly, there is a tough-looking exterior with a larger front grille opening, front chin spoiler and front fog lamp bezel. The Metropolitan Gray Mica exterior paint option is being replaced by the Dolphin Gray Mica. It has 17-inch aluminium wheels. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 170 HP with a 5- or 6-speed manual transmission will continue. An option for a 158 HP engine with optional 6-speed transmission is being introduced. The throttle and brake booster is upgraded so that the 2013 MX-5 will demonstrate an improved power braking and a better response to accelerating out of corners. More luxury is being added to its interiors. Buyers can opt for various combinations of the tan and black internal color scheme; tan-finished, genuine leather seats with black sides is the default. There is a Glossy Dark Gray decoration panel and steering wheel bezel. The front bumper is redesigned to reduce body weight. It has safety features like the active bonnet, where its rear end is automatically raised to make space between itself and the engine to reduce the impact when the sensors predict the car's collision with pedestrians. Its release is slated for the first half of 2013 with a starting price of $23,720 going up to $29,250. This article was provided by a guest contributor.