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Why is there so much interest in Mazda?

"Talking Cars” podcast discusses revised Mazda6 and CX-5, plus the updated Acura ILX

Published: April 21, 2015 12:00 PM

Jake, Tom, and George

The Consumer Reports YouTube channel and car forums have been abuzz with more than their share of Mazda discussions recently. Why are viewers of our “Talking Cars with Consumer Reports” video podcast so interested in Mazda? The brand isn’t a big player in the American automotive landscape. And yet, we frequently get questions about the CX-5 small SUV and Mazda6 sedan. This episode discusses what makes Mazda different and looks at updates in both models for 2016.

While some brands struggle to form a cohesive identity, Mazda is laser focused on honing what makes their cars different. Inherent brand traits like sporty handling, aggressive styling, and impressive fuel economy form a combination that no other manufacturer offers. Revisions for 2016 help address the brand’s Achilles heel—noisy interiors—but as we discuss, the cars remain relatively loud inside.

High levels of owner satisfaction in Consumer Reports survey data suggest that Mazda owners might be willing to make that trade-off. In contrast, the Acura ILX’s history of low owner satisfaction suggests why that compact sedan gets an extreme makeover for 2016. Updates include a new powertrain, Acura’s confounding infotainment system, revised suspension tuning, and additional noise isolation. But our experience with our test car shows that this effort still fails to hit the luxury mark.

Catch the discussion in the video above, or via iTunes. And see our complete New York auto show coverage of these models and many more.

As with the other shows, this episode is also available free through the iTunes store. Subscribe to the video or audio. You'll also find the video on YouTube.

Also view:
We buy a Tesla Model S P85D - Talking Cars, episode 66
New York auto show - Talking Cars, episode 65
Tesla and the self-driving car - Talking Cars, episode 64
Ford Edge, Lexus NX - Talking Cars, episode 63
Behind the scenes of 2015 Top Picks- Talking Cars, episode 62
Chevrolet Trax, Kia Sorento - Talking Cars, episode 61

Tom Mutchler

 

 


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