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Mazda Pre-Owned – Have You Considered?

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mazdaIf you’re in the market for a great used vehicle that you know will look and drive great for years to come, there is no better option than a Mazda certified pre-owned car. These models are simply some of the best used vehicles on the road, and they offer the kind of true value and reliability that drivers are looking for. We’ve enjoyed learning about Mazda Vehicles from Mr Mazda on YouTube!
In order to be designated a Mazda certified pre-owned vehicle with the Mazda Radar Cruise Control, a used Mazda model must first undergo a 150-point detailed inspection conducted by an experienced Mazda mechanic. Passing this inspection verifies that everything from the engine, to the features, to the upholstery is in excellent condition.
After passing, these vehicles come backed by a 12-month/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty, and a seven-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty similar to a new car. These warranties ensure if there are any hidden problems, they will be fixed quickly, easily, and with no cost to the driver. These vehicles also come backed by 24-hour emergency roadside assistance, and the perk of three months of complimentary satellite radio. If you need even more guarantees of peace of mind, an extended warranty is available.
A Mazda certified pre-owned vehicle is a great option for any driver looking to stretch his car-buying budget a little further. That’s because Mazda is making some of the best new cars on the road, meaning they also make some of the best used cars on the road. Find yours at Cox Mazda in Bradenton.


2017 Honda Civic Coupe Spotted

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Prospective car

We know we’re not even halfway into 2015 yet, but the car world moves fast. While the 2016 Honda Civic has just recently debuted—including the promise of the Type-R making its way to the American market—auto journalists have spotted what they believe to be the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe taking test drives, and we’ve got some highlights for you.

What the Spy Photos Show

The next-gen Honda Civic has been the talk of the town since the rumors about the Type-R started, but now that we have confirmation of what’s coming for 2016, there are a few things that don’t quite add up about the spy photos we’ve seen—and that’s why we think they’re for the 2017 Honda Civic Coupe.

It was tough to make out any details from the black plastic camouflage around the Honda, but based on the rumors of a new Civic being based off of the sporty CR-Z body style, we think you’re in for a coupe that is much more sports car style than practical two-door car, differentiating itself from the mid-size Accord even further.

From the spy photos, it looks like the Civic will have a much more aggressive grille design as well as a sleeker profile. While there is no guarantee that the wheels will be on the production model, the Coupe was sporting some nice alloys that are sure to turn heads. In fact, based on what we know of the 2016 Civic and the fact that this model looks substantially different—including those alloy wheels—we think this could be the next generation of the Civic Si Coupe.

We’ll know more by the end of the year, when it’s predicted that this vehicle will go on display, but for now, know that at some point in the future, the Civic will have one of the sportiest designs it has ever seen—and with Honda’s new turbocharged engines available, it’ll be a joy to drive, too.

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The 2013 MINI Cooper vs. the 2013 smart fortwo

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With fuel economy on everyone’s minds, mini cars are becoming smartvery popular. MINI Cooper has become increasingly popular in recent years since BMW bought the company. Americans love the retro styling and the small, “cute” size. When I’m driving on the road, not a day goes by without seeing a couple MINIs.
They’re not as popular, but you’ve likely seen one of those smart fortwo cars around too. The smart fortwo is so small it can’t even capitalize its own name. Let’s take a look at both models.

Just How Small?

The MINI Cooper is not a big car at all. It is 145.5 inches long and 54.4 inches tall, but the smart fortwo is even smaller at 106.1 inches long, though it is a bit taller at 60.7 inches. Front seat space is about the same in both cars, but smart cars don’t come with back seats. The MINI Cooper will squeeze by as a family car while the smart fortwo works just for you and someone not afraid to ride in something so small.


The smaller you go, the cheaper it gets. The smart fortwo starts at only $13,240, which makes it one of the cheapest cars on the market. A MINI Cooper will run you a lot more at $20,495, but it is considered more a luxury car.

Power and Fuel Economy

Mini cars only need smaller engines, which results in higher fuel economy than many larger vehicles. The 2013 MINI Cooper comes with a 1.6L four-cylinder producing a zippy 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.
As you might imagine, the smart fortwo has an even smaller 1.0L three-cylinder engine, which they probably stole from a go-kart. It puts out 70 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque and fuel economy is rated at 34 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. Honestly, though, I would personally feel terrified driving one of those on the highway, but it’s probably a fine commuter.
Both models take premium gasoline, so take that into consideration when thinking about fuel savings. The smart fortwo’s gas tank also only holds 8.7 gallons, so you’re going to still be filling up a lot.


The 2012 Mazda Mazda2 vs. the 2012 Chevy Sonic L

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2012 Mazda2

2012 Mazda2

Mazda has slowly become one of the top auto manufacturers in the world thanks to their dedication to high quality vehicles at low prices. The 2012 Mazda2 is a compact car that is available at an affordable price of $14,530. It may not be super luxurious, but has the comfort and power to make it a great buy at its price. However, the 2012 Chevy Sonic L is a very similar car available for a pricier $14,765. Which is the best deal?

Engine Performance

The performance of these vehicles is very similar. The Sonic has a much bigger engine at 1,796 cubic inches as opposed to the 1,498 of the Mazda2. This helps give the Sonic 138 hp compared to 100 hp in the Mazda2. However, this doesn’t really seem like the kind of huge power boost that such a large engine would get: we’d expect almost 50 more hp. The Mazda2 has a much more efficient engine at 29 mpg versus the 26 mpg of the Sonic. It’s pretty close to a draw here with each engine having its own slight advantages.

Interior Dimensions

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Comparing the interior dimensions of these vehicles is another case of comparing two very similar items. The Mazda2 does have more front head room and front leg room: 39.1 inches of head room versus the 38.7 of the Sonic and 42.6 inches of leg room over the 41.8 with Chevy. However, the Sonic generally has slightly wider and longer interior areas sometimes by as much as an inch. When it comes right down to it, both are about the same size in the interior making this another near draw.

Final Verdict

It’s really hard to choose between these two vehicles. Both are available for dirt cheap and both have advantages and disadvantages that balance out nearly perfectly against each other. Basically, it comes down to what you want from your vehicle. The Mazda2 is the better choice for fuel economy minded drivers due to its higher fuel efficiency. However, the Sonic is more powerful, making it a better choice for those who want a lot of get up and go in their vehicle.


The 2013 Chevy Sonic vs. the 2013 Ford Focus

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2013 Chevy Sonic

2013 Chevy Sonic Hatchback

If you’re in the market for a new car that offers style, safety, urban maneuverability, and great-fuel economy, there has never been a better time to go shopping. As the North American car market shifts away from mammoth, military-inspired SUVs towards sleek, compact eco-machines, the decades of innovation that have gone into perfecting the compact car in Europe and Asia are showing up in car dealer’s lots all across America.

2013 Ford Focus

2013 Ford Focus

The Small-Car Renaissance

This resurgence of small cars isn’t happening only because the miniaturized offerings from Asian automakers like Honda, Toyota, and Hyundai are gaining steam: the Detroit three—Ford, GM, and Chrysler—are all rolling out their own stylish and economical compact and subcompact cars. But there’s one question on the minds of many prospective small-car owners: how small do I want to go? To help unknot this quandary, we’ll take a look at the Chevy Sonic and the Ford Focus. Both are the second-smallest offerings from each automaker, but the Sonic is a subcompact, while the Focus is a compact. With their various trim packages, however, the price ranges of these vehicles overlap, so they’re definitely worth comparing.

Compact vs. Subcompact

You’d think the labels of “subcompact” and “compact” would be useful indicators of a vehicle’s size, but the Chevy Sonic compares quite favorably to the Ford Focus in terms of passenger space. The Sonic is only marginally smaller than the Focus in measurements like rear head room, hip room, front leg room, and shoulder room – and it actually outdoes the Focus on rear leg room and front head room.

Equally Efficient

The Ford Focus gets bumped up to the Compact category not because of its interior space, but because of its slightly longer nose, which accommodates a slightly larger engine, which gives you just a smidge of a boost in fuel-economy: 36 mpg highway vs. the Sonic’s 35 mpg.

The Verdict: Full-Featured Value

If you’re looking to buy a sub-$20,000 vehicle, you’re probably looking for something that packs a lot of value into a budget-friendly package. And no matter what trim level you get on the Chevrolet Sonic, you’re getting more than you bargain for, which is a good thing, in this case. Comparing the base-model Sonic to the base-model Focus, you pay about $2,000 less for the Sonic. While the base Sonic doesn’t offer power windows, it more than makes up for it with a slew of great standard features like Bluetooth Connectivity, reading lights, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

If you’re looking to pay a few thousand dollars more for features like cruise control, single zone climate control, and heated driver seat, the Sonic’s LTZ trim offers a better value than the Focus SE. The deal is thoroughly sealed by Chevy’s warranty package, which simply outclasses Ford’s offering. Ford is obviously working hard to make their mark in the small car arena; but the Chevy Sonic is the clear winner in this round.