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  • 2016 Scion iA, upstate New York, Sept 2015

    Gas-mileage ratings are rising every year in virtually every vehicle segment, but most buyers expect smaller cars to deliver the highest numbers of all. That's true, to a point, although minicars like the Smart ForTwo two-seater and the Fiat 500 tend to be rated lower than longer and more aerodynamic small sedans. Case in point: the 2016 Scion iA subcompact sedan, which we liked instantly for its interior space, driving enjoyment, and 37-mpg combined EPA rating. DON'T MISS: 2016 Scion iA - full review We first drove the new 2016 iA in August, at a launch event around Philadelphia and the...

  • 2016 Scion iA drive event, Philadelphia area, Sept 2015
    2016 Scion iA: First Drive Of 37-MPG Subcompact Sedan

    The 2016 Scion iA is a four-door subcompact sedan that's Scion's first new vehicle since the ill-fated and now departed iQ minicar. One of two new vehicles for what tends to be termed "Toyota's beleaguered Scion brand," it's a fresh new entry with stellar fuel economy. It also happens to be great...

  • 2016 Mazda 2 (Japanese model)
    2016 Mazda 2 Revealed: First Details And Images

    Mazda has revealed the first official pictures and details of the new Mazda2 subcompact. Unsurprisingly, it bears striking resemblance to the Hazumi concept launched at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, and utilizes the firm's now-standard 'Kodo' design language. That means a familiar grille...

  • 2013 Toyota Auris Hybrid (European market)
    Struggling Scion To Get Mazda2-Based Sedan, Auris-Based Hatchback, In Future?

    Scion, the supposedly hip, youth-oriented brand established 10 years ago by Toyota, hasn't had a new volume model in seven years. Its overall sales fell last year even as the new-car market surged. Now, apparently, it's slated to get two new models--a subcompact hatchback based on the...

  • Priscilla Briggs with her new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Boston, May 2014
    Why One Young Woman Bought A 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage: Frugal Shopping

    Many people approach car shopping in the U.S. looking for the largest, most luxurious vehicle they can afford, from the best brand possible. Still, at least a handful of shoppers are more focused on basic transportation--and a vehicle they know they can afford. My daughter Priscilla falls into the...

  • Mazda Hazumi concept, 2014 Geneva Motor Show
    New Mazda Hazumi Concept Is New Mazda 2, Next Toyota Yaris Too

    With the new Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 crossover launched over the last few years, you might have forgotten the smaller Mazda2 subcompact even exists. Mazda hasn't forgotten the 2 though, and will unveil a new subcompact concept car at the Geneva Motor Show to point the way to its replacement. Mazda...

  • Mazda rotary engine

    Mazda is a relative minnow in the auto industry sea, but for such an independent company it punches above its weight in engineering terms. It's still one of few companies to offer a simple two-seater sports car in a world of more profitable crossovers and hatchbacks. It's developed an entirely new and advance line of engines--under the Skyactiv banner--without any external input. And Mazda still persists with the Wankel rotary engine. Mazda now fits a rotary engine to the Mazda 2 subcompact, but not in the form you might expect. Range-extending rotary It's not a screaming, turbocharged rotary...

  • 2013 Toyota Yaris
    Toyota Excited By Next Mazda-Based Yaris Small Car

    Toyota has admitted that its Yaris small car isn't a marketing priority right now in the U.S. Instead, much of the company's efforts are going into the top-selling Corolla line--but when the firm's next-generation small car hits the streets, things could change. The next Toyota subcompact isn't yet...

  • 2011 Mazda2 exterior and detail
    Toyota To Get Mazda2-Based Subcompact

    Could the next Toyota Yaris be a Mazda2 under the skin? Mazda has announced that its factory in Mexico will begin producing a new Mazda2-based Toyota small car from 2015. Mazda's press release states that the car, which will be sold "mainly in North America", will be produced at a rate of 50,000...

  • Mazda Demio EV test-fleet electric car in Japan (aka Mazda2)
    Mazda To Offer All-Electric Mazda2, In Japan, For Lease Only

    Electric cars can be split into three basic groups. There are the few models carmakers intend to sell in volume (e.g. Nissan Leaf), those that are only "compliance cars"--built solely to satisfy regulatory requirements--and, lastly, the "test fleet" cars, with which manufacturers gather real-world...

  • Mazda SKYACTIV-G 1.3 direct-injection gasoline engine
    Mazda's Skyactiv-G 1.3 Gets 70mpg, No Hybrid Tech Needed

    The 2011 Mazda2 is already one of the most fun small cars on the market, sharing its platform with Ford's Fiesta. It's pretty economical too, but with Mazda's next generation of gasoline engine, it'll become very efficient indeed. The 1.3-liter Skyactiv-G unit soon to be found in the Mazda2 gets 30...

  • 2011 Mazda Mazda2
    Mazda 1.3-Liter Engine Boasts 50% MPG Gain Over Current 1.5-Liter

    If you have driven by the gas pump recently then the interest in cars with more fuel-efficient gasoline habits probably doesn’t surprise you. Most manufacturers are trying to accommodate the change in consumer perspective, especially in the U.S. automotive market. Mazda is onboard with their...

  • 2011 Mazda Mazda2 at the 2010 New York Auto Show

    What are the tricks that car designers and engineers use to squeeze out those last few miles per gallon in your next new car--regardless of what size it is? In our continuing series of videos on ways to drive a little greener and stretch your gas budget that much further, editorial director Marty Padgett gives a quick (and we mean 45 seconds) tutorial on some of the ways that new cars get better fuel economy. Standing in front of a bright green 2011 Mazda Mazda2 subcompact hatchback, he quickly walks around the car and ennumerates three separate methods Mazda used to improve gas mileage on...

  • 2011 Mazda2 First Drive
    2011 Mazda2: Lightweight Status, Small Engine Yield 41 MPG

    At just over 2,300 pounds, the Mazda2 is a lightweight. It's about 200 pounds less than the Honda Fit, MINI Cooper, or Ford Fiesta, and a bit less than the Toyota Yaris even. And, Smart Fortwo aside, that makes it the lightest regular production vehicle for 2011. Lighter weight and smaller engine...

  • 2011 Mazda Mazda2
    8.9 Earthquake Spares Small Car Manufacturing Plants in Japan

    As the full effects of last week’s 8.9-magnitude earthquake are still sinking in there has been questions in the automotive industry as to whether Japanese car manufacturers would be affected. Now there are bound to be some issues especially considering the damage to the nuclear power plant...

  • 2011 Mazda2 exterior and detail
    Most Popular Posts of 2010: Mazda2, Prius Crashes, Leaf, Volt, and Other EVs

    We love looking back to see what's been popular over the course of a full year. And 2010 was definitely chock-full of green car news. Our 10 most popular posts this year are a little less random than last year's most popular, which featured Muslims and ethanol, urine, hybrid Ferraris, and our...

  • 2011 Mazda2 exterior and detail
    Slow U.S. Adoption of Start-Stop Systems: The Real Reasons

    Sometimes even well-informed industry analysts get it wrong. Or miss the forest for the trees. A recent posting by Pike Research, entlted "Europe Leads, U.S. Lags In Start-Stop Hybrids," correctly notes that adoption of start-stop systems is well advanced in Europe, but lags behind in the U.S. But...

  • 2011 Mazda2 exterior and detail
    Will U.S. Green Buyers Accept Subcompacts, And Does It Matter?

    It's always important for writers to check their cultural biases when analyzing the auto market. Or at least admit them up front. So we appreciate our colleague Scott Burgess being honest about his point of view: He doesn't like subcompacts. Nope. Doesn't have any time for 'em. Animus up front In...

  • 2011 Mazda2

    Mazda Taps Into the Youth and Social Media Segments With Mazda2

  • 2011 Mazda2 exterior and detail
    2011 Mazda Mazda2: First Drive Report

    The 2011 Mazda Mazda2 subcompact had a somewhat strange introduction, with the car itself unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show but the interior not displayed until three months later. Nevertheless, Mazda's sporty little subcompact is headed for dealerships this fall, starting at the remarkably low...

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    2011 Mazda2: Fiesta Copy Or Innovative Platform Sharer

    There Is More To the Mazda2 Than One Might Think

  • 2011 Mazda Mazda2 at the 2010 New York Auto Show
    2010 New York Auto Show: 2011 Mazda Mazda2 Priced at $13,980

    At the 2010 New York Auto Show today, Mazda announced that its 2011 Mazda2 subcompact would carry a low starting price of $13,980 when it arrives at dealers. Not only that, but the first cars will show up in showrooms in late July, several months earlier than originally planned. Like the Fiesta but...

  • 2009 Mazda Tribute Hybrid
    Future Mazda Hybrids To Use Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive Technology

    Mazda has long been known for its high-efficiency, fun-to-drive gasoline engines. It's also developing diesels. But the company had little ongoing research in hybrid and electric cars aside from its unusual hydrogen rotary hybrid research vehicle. Now the mystery of where Mazda will find that...

  • 2011 Mazda Mazda2
    2011 Mazda2 Interior Revealed, Only 3 Months After The Car

    When Mazda launched its 2011 Mazda2 subcompact hatchback at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show, many journalists noted that the doors were locked--and the windows were tinted so no one could see inside. Why? Because Mazda hadn't finished work on the interior. Well, now it's February, and they're...

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