Both the manual and automatic transmission are satisfying and work exceptionally well with the engine. There's a particularly stark difference if you. The rear roof spoiler and dual exhausts are standard, adding to the sporty look. The is the result of taking a vehicle that was already one of the most appealing in its segment and improving it a bit in nearly every area to make it a whole lot stronger, and indeed a top choice in its segment. Its ride comfort has also been improved, especially on upper trim levels with big wheels, resulting in a more rounded, refined and near-luxury driving experience. The upshot of the fancy language is a compact crossover utility vehicle with elegant and muscular curves and a slightly forward stance that makes it appear athletic. That was pretty much the case before, but for 2017, Mazda's engineers were obsessive about making the car quieter.
Moreover, that price is only a small increase over last year, yet includes the larger engine and updated interior. Estimates are now 24 miles per gallon in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in combined driving with front drive effectively down 2 mpg. Touring versions are well-equipped with a power driver's seat, 7-inch touch-screen display and command system, rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and the Mazda Connect system with Internet radio and a 6-speaker audio system. It adds up to invigorating driving manners and admirable fuel efficiency. Things are actually pretty similar at the rear, although there are narrower taillights along with a more aggressively raked roofline. Other options vary by trim.
That tempting price undercuts most rivals, but keep in mind it's for the manual-transmission model. Automatic transmission models receive a Sport mode for snappier performance. A complicated engine technology known as G-Vectoring helps in those areas as well. Unfortunately a power tailgate is not available. Mazda actually benchmarked in this regard and they weren't too far off the mark.
Skyactiv emphasizes a combination of factors, such as aerodynamics and lightweight materials, in addition to advanced engine technology. Yet it stands apart from rivals with what we'll call its Mazda-ness. The rest of the cabin's materials are top notch as well with the overall ambiance in the top Grand Touring trim level doing a pretty convincing impression of a luxury model. Grand Touring models include leather, a moonroof, heated front seats, 9-speaker Bose audio, 19-inch wheels, and dual-zone climate control. Starting slightly lower with an automatic transmission are the Kia Sportage, and. Most of the dimensions are the same as the with the exception of overall height, down 2 inches and ground clearance, down an inch, which contribute to the new car's overall sleeker look. Automatic-transmission models include the more powerful 2.
The i-Active Sense package continues to be optional on those trim levels, but now features an enhanced high-speed automatic braking system and a lane-keeping system. The new central control layout is easy to use, and the rotary dials have a premium look and feel. Mechanicals On the surface, there isn't that much different under the hood as the 2. All other models now employ the newer and more robust 2. The 2017 has yet to be fully tested, but has thus far received top marks in the moderate front overlap and side tests. For starters, it looks fantastic, with a downward sloping dash leading into airvents that jut out from a trim piece as if they were tips of individual ducts.
Driving It With the introduction of the larger and more powerful 2. And even then, it's not like it's now inefficient. It's certainly hard to argue with that. There are functional improvements as well, as the back seat gets an extra 2 inches of rake and can now recline an extra 4 degrees. The front seats are on the thinner side, and the adjustable lumbar support on Touring and Grand Touring models may not be enough if you require extra support. Its feature content doesn't really change, either, meaning that and Android Auto remain unavailable. The rear seats fold with the simple pull of a lever to expand cargo space to roughly 65 cubic feet, and helpful nooks and crannies abound up front.
. This engine produces 187 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, which is typical for the segment, but Mazda did a lot of work to make sure that its throttle and transmission response greatly outpaced its many competitors that feature and items that, respectively, tend to hamper throttle and transmission response. The non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2016 model a Top Safety Pick+ for its top performance in all tests. Both elements have been greatly improved for 2017. With 184 horsepower, it's not a powerhouse like a turbocharged Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester or Ford Escape, but it's got verve nonetheless.
The latter element takes its toll on maximum cargo capacity, however, as there is now less space up high to accommodate bulkier items. Although a change in Environmental Protection Agency methodology makes comparisons of 2016 and 2017 figures less than apples-to-apples, you are still likely to see a slight decrease in fuel economy -- especially with. The new Sport mode grants livelier throttle response that's also helpful when climbing steep hills. Padded surfaces covered in stitched simulated leather are not only a welcome addition in a segment dominated by hard plastic, but when a two-tone color scheme is added, they add a further premium air to the environment. Elsewhere, the steering and suspension were tweaked slightly to increase ride comfort, improve handling and reduce vibration.
That is, it has surprising spunk and sporty handling. Mazda's Skyactiv engines use sophisticated technology like direct injection that makes them feel peppy, yet return very good fuel economy. Exterior The changes outside certainly aren't revolutionary. Among the best values is the Rear Camera Package for automatic-transmission Sport models. It was previously part of an option package on the Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. But like other innovations, this technology is trickling down. Now, there is a downside to erring on the side of response: Fuel economy has taken a bit of a hit.
There's good headroom and legroom in the front and rear seats, which are covered in cloth in Sport and Touring trims, or leather in top-line Grand Touring models. An optional roof rack adds functionality to carry extra gear. . . . .