– Mazda MX-5 and Mazda CX-3 Win Both Car & SUV Of The Year Awards – RICHMOND HILL, ON, Aug. 31, 2015 /CNW/ – The Mazda lineup received an unprecedented vote of confidence from The Car Guide (Le Guide de l’Auto), a prominent automobile publication in Quebec, as both Car of the Year and SUV of the Year were awarded to Mazda vehicles; the first time ever that a single manufacturer has taken home both of these awards given by The Car Guide in their annual Best Buys. The award for Best New Car of the Year was given to the best-selling roadster of all time, the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5, while the title of Best New SUV of the Year now belongs to the 2016 Mazda CX-3, the fun, go-anywhere crossover that’s perfect for any situation. Both vehicles also received Best Buy awards for their respective segments, which are Convertibles and Roadsters under $50,000, and Sub-compact SUVs.
It’s been said that it costs the same amount of money to create and build an ugly car as it does to produce a beautiful one and certainly Hyundai designers have taken it to heart (unfortunately somebody forgot to memo Citroen). In a world of bland econoboxes that can barely register a pulse, let alone raise it to excitement levels, Hyundai are doing their bit to clean up the automotive landscape. Probably the hottest car company around right now is Hyundai, with last year’s launch of the amazing Genesis Coupe (my favourite sports car of 2010) and the Genesis sedan, then along came the Sonata and Tucson, followed by the 2012 Equus & Elantra … and there’s the soon to be released Azera – can they do no wrong?
It’s been a number of years since I last drove a Suzuki vehicle – too long in fact. I’ve always been a fan of Suzuki vehicles because they are always well built and well equipped – and they typically cost a lot less than other Japanese vehicles. Many moons ago (1987) when I was a driving instructor I leased one, and my students absolutely loved it.
It’s been a number of years since I last drove a Fusion. For the 2010 model year, Ford have re-designed it from the ground up, so it was definitely time to put the new one through its paces. I liked the first version, but didn’t exactly love it. This new one is certainly a real looker and turned heads everywhere we went. Like a woman – looks can be deceiving… so how does it stack up when under close scrutiny? Keep reading to find out….
The all-new Chrysler Sebring was launched last year and is one of many new vehicles coming from Chrysler over the next few of years. To say it was long over-due for a make-over would be an understatement. I drove the 2006 model in California back in April of 2006 and came away impressed with a vehicle that was well past its sell-by date even then. Considering it hadn’t changed much over its relatively long life-cycle – long in terms of the Japanese and Korean brands, but just a newbie in the Ford/GM design cycle – it held up well, but was definitely showing its age. Back in June of 2006, Chrysler announced the arrival of the all-new Sebring for the spring of 2007. Surprisingly, the public response of the news on PaddockTalk was far greater than we had imagined and the hits on the site were quite outstanding. Obviously, I wasn’t the only one looking forward to this vehicle’s facelift.
Last fall I had the opportunity to drive the Mazda6 hatchback, and it remained one of my favorite cars – until I drove the MAZDASPEED6! However, it has one big flaw in my opinion. If you’re a regular reader you already know that I prefer the versatility of a hatchback over a sedan, so to me, it’s extremely unfortunate that the MAZDASPEED6 isn’t available in a hatchback version. Nevertheless, the MAZDASPEED6 is an incredible car – think of it as an RX-8 for families.
The Ford Fusion is a serious competitor to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Inside, it’s plush, sporty and extremely comfortable, and on the outside I think it’s a very good-looking car. In black, it looks very classy and rich. Like the competition, it comes in 4 cylinder and V-6 configurations with an automatic transmission. A manual transmission is only available with the 4-banger. I had a Ford Contour back in the ‘90’s which had a V-6/manual transmission combination and it was a blast to drive – unfortunately we don’t often get that combo in North America for the Fusion – pity.
Mitsubishi cars and trucks are probably the most under-rated vehicles in North America. They’ve been with us since the 70’s either as a Mitsubishi, or some form of re-badged Chrysler product. I owned a couple of Dodge (Mitsubishi) Colts back in the early ‘90’s and they were great cars – unbreakable and extremely reliable. They needed only 3 things to keep them going: gas, oil and a key. They were reasonably priced, great on gas, and never once went back to the dealership for anything other than an oil change.