2010 Mazda3 – Four Seasons Wrap-up

2010 Mazda3 – Four Seasons Wrap-up
2010 Mazda3 - November 2010 Season Wrap-up - Automobile Magazine
Despite a few annoyances, it had us grinning, too.

The old Mazda 3 was already one of our favorite small cars. Twice an AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE All-Star, the previous 3 was a cut above its contemporaries. When Mazda’s highest-volume car went in for a redesign for the 2010 model year, it emerged with a more powerful engine (in the “s” models, at least), an additional gear for its manual and automatic transmissions, a plethora of new luxury features, and new styling led off by a front end that West Coast editor Jason Cammisa described as “an anime gremlin wearing an I’ve-been-naughty grin.”

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COMMENT: The little Mazda truck that could

Back in the day, waaaaay back in the day, in my far-off native New Zealand, the likes of Land Rover, and the then relatively rare Holden, Ford Falcon and Chrysler Valiant ‘utes’ (Antipodean-speak for the car-derived ‘utility’ or pickup truck variant originally developed by Ford Australia in the 1930s) were challenged in 1969 by an upstart newcomer – the Mazda B1500. If you’d told the 12-year-old me then that, 41 years hence, the B’s successor potentially could soon be the world’s top-selling single model, knocking big-brother Ford’s F-series off its perch, I’d have just laughed. But it sure looks possible now.

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze First Impressions

That’s ‘Cruze’ with a ‘Z’, by the way. Replacing the Cobalt, which replaced the Cavalier, this new compact sedan from Chevrolet will soon launch as a 2011 model. Among many other things, the American automaker hopes the Cruze’s top-notch powertrain, safety, warranty and value equation will be the automotive equivalent of a hand-grenade tossed into its competitive set– which includes the Mazda 3, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

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