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. Forward sightlines are better than most and big mirrors offer a good view rearward. It turns out, pretty damn enjoyable. About Us Founded in July 2007, RightFootDown started as a simple blog. Skyactiv emphasizes a combination of factors, such as aerodynamics and lightweight materials, in addition to advanced engine technology.
Cargo capacity is 34 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which expands to 65 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks all folded forward. The new central control layout is easy to use, and the rotary dials have a premium look and feel. Hitting the gas while cruising at 40 mph yields an alert, rapid boost in velocity. Handling agility and accurate steering make it entertaining for the driver. 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. The more powerful Skyactiv-G 2. But like other innovations, this technology is trickling down.
An optional roof rack adds functionality to carry extra gear. That tempting price undercuts most rivals, but keep in mind it's for the manual-transmission model. Unfortunately a power tailgate is not available. Starting slightly lower with an automatic transmission are the Kia Sportage, and. Automatic transmission models receive a Sport mode for snappier performance. Reflections from the center stack are a bit of an issue on sunny days. If you live in a particularly dry climate, however, you could save a little on the purchase price, get slightly better fuel economy and slightly more lively handling feel with front-wheel drive.
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. There is some head toss on bumpy roads, however. A semi-manual feature allows the driver to change gears but we found it worked best to put it in D and let it do its thing. Interior materials are high quality, with extensive use of soft-touch vinyl and very little hard plastic. This is our review and hopefully not the last vehicle Mazda entrusts to our name. Yet it stands apart from rivals with what we'll call its Mazda-ness.
Among the best values is the Rear Camera Package for automatic-transmission Sport models. Acceleration is frisky from a standstill or for passing maneuvers. Instruments and controls are nicely laid out, well marked, easy to read and use. For 2016, the handbrake has been replaced by a smaller electronic brake switch, allowing more space for the center console. The rear seats fold nearly flat, but not completely. The body tapers outward toward the bottom, lending a look of stability. You can stop wiping your eyes.
With 184 horsepower, it's not a powerhouse like a turbocharged Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester or Ford Escape, but it's got verve nonetheless. . We generally judge a vehicle on how well it hauls people, how well it hauls stuff, and how well it hauls ass. Ride quality is firm but compliant, European in character. We think the sculptured lines and pronounced wheel arches do lend a sense of motion and muscularity, especially noticeable in morning and evening light.
Suspension tuning tends toward sporty. Watch our full feature video review below and then keep going to see the specs of our test car and some final thoughts. Moreover, that price is only a small increase over last year, yet includes the larger engine and updated interior. Driving It With the introduction of the larger and more powerful 2. The front bucket seats are sportier and more supportive than most in this class. That is, it has surprising spunk and sporty handling.
Automatic-transmission models include the more powerful 2. We appreciated the grip and sure-footedness of the all-wheel drive while driving through the rain down a winding valley road and while speeding around a wet Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit. 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. That was my story and I was sticking to it. Or if you want something smaller, the and if you need to go bigger,. The electric power rack-and-pinion steering system is the best in the class, quick and accurate, precise, intuitive. Other options vary by trim.