A New Kind of Car Shopping: Mazda CX-5

I am not a trailblazer. I’m a listener. I remember what people say and in what context. I listened intently when I visited the Mercedes Benz Driving School and a few weeks ago Jane began lessons with them. I like their philosophy and I’ve loved what I’ve seen put into practice. Some years ago my neighbor, who happens to be a veteran firefighter, was over and we were in car buying mode. When we asked him about buying a car he told us that in 25 years he’d never cut …

Review: 2013 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring FWD

We took the Mazda CX-9 to Jane’s last soccer tournament. It was a few hours of driving with anywhere from two to four teenage girls, their soccer bags, their pillows, their overnight bags, their mounds of miscellaneous crapola and a bag or two of fresh food (I know, I have issues). I felt smug because the vehicle never felt too crowded and I never felt like I was driving a truck. Mazda manufactured a miracle. With three rows of seating the CX-9 still manages to feel like more of a …

2013 Mazda2 Touring Review: 100 hp of Joy

Yes I did just say that the Mazda2 is 100 hp of joy. It’s not a typo, that little car really does run on 100 hp and I really did love driving it. They say it’s more fun to drive a slow car fast than to drive a fast car slow and if you live in a city like Los Angeles where traffic can be prohibitive the Mazda2 just might be the perfect solution for your city needs. First off, everyone loved the look of this car. It’s cute without …