Tips, Tricks & Trends

5 Quick Cars Priced Under $30,000

There’s a difference between a car being “quick” and being “fast.” Fast refers to how fast the car can go, as is top speed, while quick refers to a car’s acceleration. While having a fast car is nice, having a one that can accelerate quickly is much more useful, even in everyday driving situations. For …

White Ford Expedition Platinum Edition
Trucks & SUVs

Consumer Reports: Best 2020 SUVs

Take it or leave it, Consumer Reports is a typically well-trusted source in terms of buying a new car. It compiles consumer reviews as well as road tests. Vehicles are then rated on several different aspects such as efficiency and driving experience to give cars realistic overall scores and reliability ratings. Naturally, CR made a …

2020 Kia Telluride driving through sand
Tips, Tricks & Trends

2020 World Car Awards Winners Are In

In the world we knew before coronavirus, the 2020 World Car Award winners would have been revealed and honored during the New York International Auto Show this April. With the postponement of NYIAS and in recognition of the widespread impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 World Car Awards were announced via digital media. Many …

NA Mazda Miata with Subaru WRX drivetrain
Cars

Someone Made an AWD Rally Miata With a Subaru Drivetrain

Usually, if you’re going rallying, all-wheel drive is practically a necessity. Although rear-wheel drive rally cars have won races, after Audi’s Ur-Quattro debuted, AWD became the norm. The technology allowed the Mitsubishi Pajero, Toyota Celica, Nissan Pulsar, and Mitsubishi Lancer to compete on the world stage. The Porsche Cayenne and Rolls-Royce Cullinan are also rally …

1992 Autozam AZ-1
Cars

The Autozam AZ-1: Supercar Design in a Tiny Package

There’s no shortage of quirky vehicles in the world if you look hard enough. From Britain, there’s the Morgan 3-Wheeler. France produced the 4-wheeled Lazareth LM10 motorcycle. From the US, there’s the pint-sized AMC Mighty Mite. And arguably, the rear-engine Porsche 911 also counts. But it’s perhaps Japan that’s best known for building unconventional cars. …

The Mazda Tribute Hybrid is shown on the final press preview day at the North American International Auto show January 10, 2006
Trucks & SUVs

Why Did Mazda Kill the Tribute SUV?

The Japanese automaker Mazda’s lineup mostly consists of SUVs, all of which are considered to be very dependable. One of its small SUVs, the CX-30, was recently awarded a Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS. Consumer Reports also acknowledged the company as the most reliable car brand of 2020. However, not all of Mazda’s …

2019 Mazda Miata small car
Cars

Mazda Miata versus Pontiac Solstice

By 2006 the Mazda MX-5 Miata had become the benchmark for affordable roadsters in the United States. It had been on the market for over twenty years, with competitors disappearing in its wake. Then, the Pontiac Solstice appeared on the scene. Shoppers suddenly were forced to consider Miata versus Solstice before making a choice.  Miata Debut The …

Red 1995 Del Sol Si Vtec
Cars

The Miata and Del Sol Rivalry

Ask an auto enthusiast what a good modern, small, lightweight, open-air, and affordable car would be, and they will probably tell you the Mazda MX-5 Miata. But that was not always the case. The Miata was introduced in 1989. Between then and now, there have been many other competitors. However, the Honda Del Sol was the only real competition. …

Mazda CX-9 at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center
Trucks & SUVs

Does the Mazda CX-9 Have Apple CarPlay?

In the five years since its introduction, Apple CarPlay has come a long way. Originally, it was an option offered only on a few vehicles with limited apps. Now, it’s a fully developed tech feature that many buyers expect to find on new cars. The 2020 Mazda CX-9 is a midsize SUV that offers Apple CarPlay …

Cars

Five Rare Japanese Cars From the 1990s

From staring at the new releases at our local Blockbuster to having to actually call someone via a payphone, it’s fun to recall the 1990’s. Even better than those timeless necessities were the cars, specifically Japanese sports cars. Here are five rare cars from the 1990’s that we would definitely include in our dream garage. …

A grey 2020 Mazda CX-9 sparked in near a lush green forest.
Trucks & SUVs

How Reliable Is the Mazda CX-9?

No one has walked on to a car lot and said, “I want to buy a lemon. I love dishing out money for bizarre repairs every week, finding myself stranded on the way to work, and having my car towed to a mechanic.” That’s why car salesmen don’t always tell the truth about a model …

2020 Mazda CX-5 side view
Crossover & Midsize

What Is the Best Mazda SUV?

No longer owned by Ford, Mazda is currently in the midst of rebranding and expansion. In addition to supporting the Miata fanbase, the Japanese automaker has also introduced its first EV. However, arguably the most dramatic sign of Mazda’s evolution is its growing lineup of stylish SUVs. But which Mazda SUV is best worth considering? …

A car driving in the snow during winter season.
Cars

Five of the Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans for Snow States

Living in a snow state typically leads to shopping for certain types of cars and SUVs, particularly those with all-wheel drive. Sure, you can typically get away with a front-wheel-drive car or SUV, depending on how hard your state typically gets hit with snowfall, however, rear-wheel-drive vehicles usually not recommended. When living in these states, …

2018 Mazda3 5-Door is on display at the 110th Annual Chicago Auto Show
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Worst Mazda3 Model You Should Never Buy

Japanese automaker Mazda is known for its zippy, sporty, efficient, and relatively affordable cars. The Mazda3 is one of its flagship vehicles, offering best-selling fuel economy and performance. But nothing is ever perfect, even with the Mazda3. The worst Mazda3 model year of them all After collecting owner-reported problems for all Mazda3 model years (2004-2010), …