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New for 2011-Mazda

New for 2011-Mazda

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
2010 Mazda ModelsHistory
Founded in 1920 as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Company, a manufacturer of machine tools, Mazda didn't begin making automobiles until 1931. The automaker's first model was the 1-cylinder "Mazda-Go," a 3-wheel truck that resembled a motorcycle. The "Mazda" name stuck, and it was used on all subsequent vehicles until the company adopted it as its corporate name in 1984.

Accustomed to manufacturing passenger vehicles for the street, Mazda started racing its vehicles in the late 1960s-about the same time it introduced its first "Wankel" rotary engine. (Instead of using pistons traveling on a horizontal plane, the Wankel uses one or more rotors spinning around an elliptical axis.) Mazda remains the only automaker still using this engine technology (in its current RX-8 sports car). Mazda also experimented with the Miller Cycle engine, which was used in its now-discontinued Millenia sedan.

Today, the Mazda lineup includes coupes, sedans, crossovers, and sport utility vehicles. Its most recognized models include the RX-8 sports car (a descendant of the RX-7) and the MX-5 Miata. Mazda vehicles are manufactured and sold worldwide.2011 Mazda Models at a Glance:
  • Mazda 2-All-new for 2011
  • Mazda 3-Many equipment and safety upgrades
  • Mazda 5-There is no 2011 model as an all-new model arrives in 2012
  • Mazda 6-Minor facelift, interior and exterior, and several new cosmetic changes
  • RX-8-Carryover for 2011
  • MX-5 Miata-Carryover for 2011
  • CX-7-New Touring model
  • CX-9-Minor wheel changes
  • Tribute-Carryover for 2011

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The most recent debut in Mazda's lineup is the all-new subcompact Mazda 2. Sold as the Mazda "Demio" in other markets since 1996, North American showrooms welcome the third-generation model. (This is the first time Mazda has sold a subcompact in this market since discontinuing the Mazda 323 in 1994.)

Sharing platforms with the Ford Fiesta, the Mazda 2 is offered as a 5-door hatchback with standard front-wheel drive and a small 4-cylinder engine. Intended to be a subcompact economy car, Mazda touts the Mazda 2 as the latest in a line of stylish and fun-to-drive small cars-sharing DNA from its sports MX-5 Miata.

Highlights:
  • All-new model for 2011
  • Two models: Mazda 2 Sport, Mazda 2 Touring
  • Standard 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 100 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
2010 Mazda 32011 Mazda 3
The Mazda 3 is a compact car that replaced the Mazda Proteg_ for the 2004 model year. Sold as the Mazda "Axela" in Japan, the 5-door hatchback and 4-door sedan are now in their second generation, last redesigned for the 2010 model year. All models feature front-wheel drive and a choice of two different 4-cylinder engines.

The Mazdaspeed 3 is a high-performance variant that first debuted in 2006. Under its hood is a turbocharged engine offering nearly twice the horsepower of the base model. Power is again sent to the front wheels, but the Mazdaspeed 3 features a limited-slip differential to help keep wheelspin under control. In addition to the larger engine, the performance model includes upgraded wheels, tires, and brakes.

While the Mazda 3 was all new for 2010, the automaker has enhanced all of the models for the 2011 model year with minor equipment changes and safety improvements.

Highlights:
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Eight models: Mazda 3 4-door iSV, Mazda 3 4-door iSport, Mazda 3 4-door iTouring, Mazda 3 4-door s Sport, Mazda 3 4-door s Grand Touring, Mazda 3 5-door Sport, Mazda 3 5-door Grand Touring, and Mazdaspeed 3 (5-door)
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 148 horsepower
  • Optional 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 167 horsepower
  • Standard 2.3-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 263 horsepower (Mazdaspeed 3 model)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (all models)
  • Optional 5-speed automatic transmission (non-turbocharged models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Stability control and traction control (all models)
  • NEW Power door locks with auto function (iSV and iSport models)
  • NEW Rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, Xenon headlights, adaptive front lighting, and rear LED taillamps (s Sport model with automatic transmission)
  • NEW Standard 265-watt, Bose 10-speaker audio system (s Grand Touring model)
  • NEW Standard in-dash, 6-disc CD changer (s Grand Touring model)
  • NEW Standard moonroof with one-touch operation (s Grand Touring model)
  • NEW Coolant low-temperature warning light (all models)
  • NEW Technology package includes rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, bi-Xenon headlamps, adaptive front lighting, rear LED lights (Mazdaspeed 3 models)
2010 Mazda 52011 Mazda 5
The Mazda 5 has been discontinued after the 2010 model year as an all-new 2012 model is expected in mid-2011.2010 Mazda 62011 Mazda 6
The Mazda 6 is a midsize 4-door sedan that was introduced as a successor to the Mazda 626 during the 2003 model year. Now in its second generation (last redesigned for the 2009 model year), the Mazda 6 is offered in seven different models with a choice of 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder power.

Standard models are equipped for fuel economy, while more powerful models feature 6-speed transmissions and larger wheel packages. Although this generation Mazda 6 is only two years old, the model receives a minor exterior and interior refresh for 2011. In addition, there are equipment upgrades across the model range.

Highlights:
  • Minor interior and exterior refresh for 2011
  • Seven models: Mazda 6 i SV, Mazda 6 i Sport, Mazda 6 i Touring, Mazda 6 i Touring Plus, Mazda 6 i Grand Touring, Mazda 6 s Touring Plus, Mazda 6 s Grand Touring
  • Standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is rated at 170 horsepower (i Models)
  • Standard 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine is rated at 272 horsepower (s Models)
  • 6-speed manual transmission (i SV, i Sport and i Touring models)
  • 5-speed automatic transmission (i Sport, and i Touring, i Touring Plus, i Grand Touring models)
  • 6-speed automatic transmission (s Touring Plus, s Grand Touring models)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating capacity
  • NEW Improved fuel economy
  • NEW Redesigned 17-inch wheels
  • NEW Redesigned headlight and fog light design
  • NEW Folding mirrors with integrated turn signal lamps (Touring Plus and Grand Touring models)
  • NEW Upgraded cloth upholstery, steering wheel, vinyl armrests, and trim accents
  • NEW Bluetooth phone connectivity (Touring model)
  • NEW Multi-information display with rear-view camera (Grand Touring models)
  • NEW Rear-view camera, with 7-inch display, added to optional navigation system
2010 Mazda RX-82011 Mazda RX-8
The RX-8 is a direct descendant of the RX-7 sports coupe, one of Mazda's better-known models. The RX-7 originally debuted in the late 1970s as a 2-door sports car. Making the model unique, it was fitted with a Wankel rotary engine. This powerplant was smooth, but power was never considered excessive.

The second- and third-generation models were available with turbochargers-answering the request for more horsepower. The RX-7 was discontinued in 2002. Its successor, dubbed the RX-8, arrived in 2004, arrived in 2004. Again fitted with a rotary engine, the 4-passenger RX-8 sports coupe featured two main doors, and smaller, forward-facing doors to ease entry. After a significant update in 2009, with a refreshed interior and exterior, the RX-8 continues mostly unchanged for 2011.

Highlights:
  • Carryover for 2011
  • Three models: RX-8 Sport, RX-8 Grand Touring, and RX-8 R3
  • Standard 1.3-liter twin-rotor engine rated at 232 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission
  • Optional 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 4-passenger seating capacity
2010 Mazda MX-52011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The MX-5 "Miata" was introduced in the late 1980s. The compact 2-seat convertible was a modern reincarnation of a classic British roadster-lightweight and nimble. With a manually-operated soft top, the MX-5 Miata's roof could be opened in seconds. Although the 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine under the hood didn't offer excessive power, a short-throw 5-speed manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension, and a willing chassis made it popular among driving enthusiasts.

After significantly updating the Miata for 2009, Mazda sends the 2011 model into showrooms unchanged.Highlights:
  • Carryover for 2011
  • Five models: Miata Sport, Miata Touring, Miata Grand Touring, Miata PRHT Touring, PRHT Grand Touring
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 167 horsepower (manual transmission)
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 158 horsepower (automatic transmission)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission (Sport model)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (Touring, Grand Touring model)
  • Optional 6-speed automatic transmission (all models)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 2-passenger seating capacity
2010 Mazda CX-72011 Mazda CX-7
The Mazda CX-7 is a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle. Introduced in 2007, the CX-7 shares the front suspension of the discontinued Mazda MPV minivan with a rear suspension borrowed from the Mazda 5. The all-wheel-drive components come from the Mazdaspeed 6, as does its turbocharged engine.

Slotted between the Tribute and CX-9 in the Mazda lineup, the CX-7 is offered with two different 4-cylinder engines and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. While the 2010 CX-7 was offered in four trim levels, Mazda has added the "i Touring" model for 2011. Equipped with the non-turbocharged engine, the new model includes a long list of standard amenities and luxury equipment. After a full-line refresh in 2010, there are only minor changes to the rest of the lineup for 2011.

Highlights:
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Five models: CX-7 i SV, CX-7 i Sport, CX-7 i Touring, CX-7 s Touring, CX-7 s Grand Touring
  • Standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 161 horsepower (SV and Sport models)
  • Standard 2.3-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 244 horsepower (Touring and Grand Touring models)
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (SV and Sport models)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (Touring and Grand Touring models)
  • 5-passenger seating capacity
  • NEW "i Touring" trim level
2010 Mazda CX-92011 Mazda CX-9
The largest vehicle in the Mazda lineup is the CX-9, a full-size, 7-passenger crossover sport utility vehicle. First introduced in 2007, the CX-9 shares platforms with the Ford Edge, Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. While the early models were fitted with a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine, Mazda bumped the displacement up to 3.7 liters for the 2008 model year to add power. The standard powertrain is front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available as an option. The 2011 model year brings new 18- and 20-inch wheel designs and increased fuel economy.Highlights:
  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Three models: CX-9 Sport, CX-9 Touring and CX-9 Grand Touring
  • Standard 3.7-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 273 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Up to 7-passenger capacity
  • NEW 18- and 20-inch wheel designs
  • NEW Slightly improved engine fuel economy
2010 Mazda Tribute2011 Mazda Tribute
Introduced as an all-new model in 2001, the Tribute is a compact crossover that shares platforms with the Mazda 6 and Ford Escape. The first-generation model was fitted with a choice between a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder or a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine and front- or all-wheel drive. The all-new second-generation model debuted in 2008. The 5-passenger Tribute again offered a choice of powerplants and front- or all-wheel-drive powertrains (however, the base engine's displacement was now increased to 2.5 liters). Mazda also offered an "HEV" (Hybrid-Electric Vehicle) Tribute variant in 2008, but it was discontinued the following year. The 2011 Mazda Tribute is unchanged from last year.Highlights:
  • Carryover for 2011
  • Four models: Tribute i Sport, Tribute i Touring, Tribute i Grand Touring, Tribute s Grand Touring
  • Standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 171 horsepower (i Sport, i Touring, i Grand Touring models)
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower (s Grand Touring models)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission (i Sport model)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (optional on i Sport model)
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger capacity

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