This has its pros and cons. Modestly Powered Base Engine The base 161-horsepower, 2. An easy-to-reach lever located in the cargo area activates the spring-loaded rear-seat backs, allowing them to be folded flat without having to make a long and awkward reach. More importantly, the engine's lightweight construction places less weight over the front wheels, helping improve steering response and maneuverability as well as creating a more evenly balanced chassis. The Touring model gains 18-inch wheels, leather seating, a power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats and a retractable cargo cover. A tasteful blend of textured black plastic and chrome surrounds make up the instrument cluster and center console, while the optional beige leather seating creates a striking contrast.
Check out a full list of safety features on the page. Braking response corresponds naturally with how hard you depress the pedal, which makes smooth stops second nature. The heated seats work great, but there's a downside to them, too. Though the overall design of the interior is improved, the new screen is something of a step back. Head room is ample for passengers in both rows, but at 36. There's only one on mode, which results in rapidly toasted buns. While far more than the average sedan, it's far less than that of the cavernous , for example, which provides 35.
Overall, the base four-cylinder feels quite a bit less powerful than the turbo engine, which offers forceful acceleration. The bottom line is that you need to plan your moves on the highway, because traffic has a tendency to rapidly get bigger in your rearview mirror. Touring and Grand Touring models are available with all wheel drive and are offered with the 2. Where the engine starts to falter is on the highway; it quickly loses steam when you need to merge or accelerate around a slower-moving car. That model is an energetic performer, but the small crossover segment consists mostly of models focused on more practical considerations, like utility and gas mileage. It also gains some styling tweaks inside and out for 2010. It's smaller than the old screen and recessed into the dash above the center stack, which makes it harder to discern details even though the new screen is clearer and has a higher resolution.
There's plenty of room back there for a child seat, but those planning to carry four adults frequently may want to look elsewhere. The interior gauges were revised, with blackout meters that featured three dimensional dials, a 3. There's only one on mode, which results in rapidly toasted buns. There's plenty of room back there for a child seat, but those planning to carry four adults frequently may want to look elsewhere. Cabin Mild cabin revisions include a newly available dash-top screen that lets you cycle between radio station presets and trip computer information.
Production officially began on February 20, 2006 in Mazda's factory in , and went on sale in April 2006 as a model for 2007. Acceleration is quick enough, letting you keep pace with traffic. Although it takes the 161-horse engine 10 seconds to get the 3524-lb. The Australian combined cycle official fuel economy is 11. The diesel version included a , and was sold in Europe from 2009 to 2012. What this means is that it might take a few more back-and-forth moves to pull into or out of a tight parking space. Send Mike an Hide full review.
It includes a power moonroof, power driver's seat, automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a rearview camera displayed via a new 4. With the Active Torque Split system, two computer controlled magnetic clutches feed up to 50% of the engine's torque to the rear wheels. Steering is sufficiently responsive and quick, certainly above-average for the segment. Assisting the smooth transfer of power is a six-speed Sport automatic transmission featuring a manual shift mode for a more spirited driving experience. It's mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and, unlike the turbocharged variant, is not available with all-wheel drive. Brake pedal feel is good and there's minimal pre-engagement travel. Pulling a handle releases a backrest section, or you can release them from the second row by pressing a button on the backrest and folding down.
The seatbacks are designed to fold flat without needing to remove the adjustable headrests. It was positioned below the larger ; both vehicles do not share platforms. The base engine works with a five-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. But real world fuel economy is nearer to 18. When folded, the backrests are nearly flat with the cargo floor, resting on just a slight incline. The same holds true for its handling, which, while on par for the class, feels more solid and confidence-inspiring than its 0. The plastics don't feel or look cheap, nor does the seat upholstery.
It's smaller than the old screen and recessed into the dash above the center stack, which makes it harder to discern details even though the new screen is clearer and has a higher resolution. The car was unveiled at the February 2009. The driver and front passenger sit on bucket seats with available power adjustments and seat heaters. That model is an energetic performer, but the small crossover segment consists mostly of models focused on more practical considerations, like utility and gas mileage. Mazda says both the standard cloth and available leather upholstery are new, and the cloth seats in my test car featured a premium, flowing design. For some, that's all it takes, but it's not nearly as compelling as its more-powerful albeit more expensive turbocharged sibling. It also gains some styling tweaks inside and out for 2010.
The same holds true for its handling, which, while on par for the class, feels more solid and confidence-inspiring than its 0. . To get all-wheel drive, you have to choose the more powerful, less efficient turbo four-cylinder, which pairs with a six-speed automatic. Brake pedal feel is good and there's minimal pre-engagement travel. A sporty new three-spoke steering wheel features finger tip controls for audio, cruise, available navigation and Bluetooth activation, and the comfortable front bucket seats offer excellent support for spirited driving. For some, that's all it takes, but it's not nearly as compelling as its more-powerful albeit more expensive turbocharged sibling. A normally-aspirated non-turbocharged model is introduced for 2010.