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Underrated Aspects of Mazda’s Most Popular Vehicles

We can already imagine how you’re approaching the impending car-buying experience. You’ve zeroed in on one of Mazda’s impressive vehicles, assuming you already know everything about the ride. Since you’ve already targeted a specific model, you don’t even consider the alternative options.

Of course, this isn’t the best route, as you may be missing out on some of the brand’s other impressive offerings. We’re not necessarily discounting the research you’ve done. Rather, there may be some attributes of these nameplates that you’re not even considering. For instance, did you know that the smaller 2018 Mazda 3 managed to deliver a whole lot of muscle? Were you aware that the 2018 Mazda CX-9 provided a variety of safety functions?

Below, we’ve reviewed some of the most underrated aspects of some of the brand’s most popular vehicles. Continue reading to see what nameplates you might want to add to your target list, and you’ll have a lot more clarity when you begin shopping around at a Mazda dealership


2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata


Whenever you’re dishing out good money on a car, you want to have choices when it comes to designing the ride. Mazda has made that more than possible when it comes to the MX-5 Miata Convertible, as prospective buyers will have a host of decisions to make as they’re building their inevitable purchase.

It predictably starts with the exterior of the ride, as customers will have to choose from a variety of color options. Whether you’re looking for something dark and intimidating or bright and inviting, you’ll be able to find a paint job that suits your desires. The various paint offerings include:

  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Snowflake White Pearl Mica
  • Machine Gray Metallic
  • Ceramic Metallic
  • Eternal Blue Mica
  • Jet Black Mica

These choices also make their way into the inside of the vehicle, as buyers can choose from an assortment of upholstery offerings. The options include:

  • Black Cloth
  • Black Cloth/Red Stitching
  • Black Leather/Red Stitching
  • Tan Leather

Regardless of which combination of color offerings you ultimately opt for, one thing is certain: you’re going to love the look of your new convertible.


Mazda CX-3


The 2018 Mazda CX-3 is certainly known for its larger stance and driving prowess, but we’re going to opt for an unconventional attribute: technology. The SUV is equipped with a number of notable features that will ultimately improve the entire driving experience.

For instance, the Mazda Connect Infotainment System provides all of the amenities a driver could possibly want from an entertainment system. Drivers can easily access their preferred radio stations, or they can opt for the accompanying navigation system, which will help guide you to your next destination. If you are going to jam out to your favorite music (including the radio stations that are available via SiriusXM Satellite Radio), you should consider the available Bose Surround Sound System. This inclusion delivers an unbelievable listening experience thanks to the seven speakers, and drivers will feel like they’re at a literal concert as they’re cruising down the highway.

The other notable technological feature is the Active Driving Display, which is an especially notable inclusion for those seeking optimal safety and convenience. Instead of having to glance down as you’re trying to view your vehicle diagnostics, fuel efficiency, or speed, you can instead rely on this unit, which displays the important information right in front of the driver.


2018 Mazda 3


This particular offering may be one of the brand’s smaller cars, but that certainly doesn’t mean the nameplate isn’t capable of pumping out an impressive amount of power. Rather, the pair of offerings are able to pump out muscle that rivals the numbers produce by significantly larger rides.

The 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine is capable of delivering an impressive 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough power to keep up with your fellow drivers on the highway. Meanwhile, thanks to inclusions like Advanced Direct Injection, drivers can anticipate an unbelievable 37-mile-per-gallon highway fuel efficiency.

Customers can instead opt for the hulking 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G engine, which elevates those lofty power specs to another level. Drivers can ultimately capitalize on 184 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, allowing them to zoom past any drivers on the highway. Despite all of this power, drivers can still expect an astonishing 36-mile-per-gallon highway fuel efficiency (when the car is equipped with the automatic transmission).


2018 Mazda CX-9


You may associate a hulking SUV with power, but Mazda’s engineers did an admirable job of including a number of safety functions in the 2018 Mazda CX-9. The majority of these available functions are available via the i-ACTIVSENSE technology, which plays an essential role in preventing accidents from occurring altogether.

Inclusions like the Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring system provide the driver with an extra set of eyes, as the unit will alert them when another vehicle has snuck up beside them. The Lane Departure Warning System will play a similar role, while the Lane-Keep Assist will assure that you’ll remain on your intended path. Meanwhile, the Radar Cruise Control allows owners to take a brief break from driving without completely compromising safety, while the Smart Brake Support will optimize the stoppage power when needed.

When you’re in the city, the Smart City Brake Support will provide you with some security in regards to sudden obstacles appearing in the path of your car. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert will guide you out of any pesky parking spots, while the Traffic Sign Recognition will serve as your own personal co-pilot. Even inclusions like the Adaptive Front-Lighting System, High Beam Control, and Distance Recognition Support System are notable safety functions, as they allow the driver to better focus on the road ahead of them.