Why Buy a Mazda?

Explore all that Mazda has to offer, from its brand buying benefits and models to its history and awards. Discover all the great innovations that set Mazda apart from the competition, see how great technology, performance, and design come together in each Mazda model to offer the perfect car for your lifestyle. Starting with its sedan models, the Mazda3 and Mazda3 Hatchback are both winners of 2020 World Car Design of the Year and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Perfect for anyone looking for a stylish car that doesn't compromise on safety. Next up in Mazda's sedan lineup is the powerful and efficient Mazda6, loaded with great standard features and power including the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine.As for small and large SUVs, The Autobarn Mazda of Evanston offers Mazda's full lineup of versatile and capable SUVs. From the sporty and refined Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-30 with class leading horsepower, to the most powerful Mazda CX-5 ever and the turbocharged Mazda CX-9 with room for seven. The lineup doesn't stop there, we also have the legendary Mazda MX-5 Miata coupe that now features 35 mpg highway, 181 horsepower, and next level technology.

Mazda Buying Benefits

Mazda buying benefits include its innovative and award winning safety features, advanced entertainment technology, inspired design ethos, and efficient performance technology.  Mazda aims to offer all our customers both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance. Based on this philosophy, Mazda is bolstering its safety research and development in order to accomplish our ultimate goal; the realization of a safe, accident-free automotive society.

Mazda Safety

Mazda Safety Highlights

  • Mazda models feature more IIHS Top Safety Pick+ models than any other manufacturer.
  • The 2020 Mazda CX-3, CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback have all been named a Top Safety Pick+, the IIHS's highest safety award. Mazda CX-9 models built after December 2019 are also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
  • Mazda's i-ACTIVSENSE: Using detection devices such as milliwave radars and cameras, they includes active safety technologies that support safe driving by helping the driver to recognize potential hazards, and pre-crash safety technologies which help to avert collisions or reduce their severity in situations where they cannot be avoided.
  • ITS  (Intelligent Transport Systems): Reduces traffic accidents and congestion by receiving and transmitting information on humans,roads, and automobiles through the use of telecommunication technologies.
  • Active Safety Technology: Adaptive Front-lighting System, High-Beam Control System, Adaptive LED Headlight, Lane-keep Assist System, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, and many more great technologies that help the driver prevent accidents.

Mazda Entertainment Technology

Mazda Entertainment Technology

  • Sound systems: 8-speaker audio system with Mazda Harmonic Acoustics or upgrade to available Bose® 12-speaker premium audio system with Centerpoint® 2 and AudioPilot®.
  • Comforts: Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System, Dual-zone automatic climate control system, and 12-volt power outlet.
  • Infotainment: 7, 8.8, or up to 9-inch center display depending on model, Infotainment system voice command, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, and Mazda Connected Services.
  • Display: 4.6 or 7-inch LCD Meter Display depending on model, Trip odometers, resettable, Trip computer, current and average fuel economy with distance-to-empty.

Mazda Design

Mazda Design

  • KODO design principles, characterised today by a dignified minimalistic presence, a fundamental elegance based on Japanese aesthetics.
  • Mazda's core design inspiration is art in motion even at a standstill.
  • Master craftsmen spend decades perfecting their craft to enhance each vehicle with an energy and passion that can only be captured by human hands.
  • Mazda carefully studies aspects of the human body and the way it moves to ensure every element is designed around the driver.
  • Designers achieve an alluring simplicity that embraces Japanese aesthetics.

Mazda Performance Technology

Mazda Performance Technology

  • SKYACTIV® technology, maximizing driving dynamics and efficiency: from body construction and engine technology, to the chassis and transmission. Offering impressive EPA-estimated MPG ratings without compromising performance.
  • SKYACTIV®-G 2.0L and 2.5L gasoline engines which deliver much greater fuel efficiency.
  • The SKYACTIV®-Drive 6-speed automatic shifts smoothly and quickly for steady acceleration.

Mazda History

The Beginning

Toyo Cork Kogyo Corporation is founded by Shinpachi Kaizuka in Hiroshima, Japan. First producing cork and machine tools, then in 1931 began to sell three-wheel pickup trucks and small vehicles for the Japanese market.

60s & 70s

In 1961, Mazda was mandated to create its own technological expertise. Following licensing of the Wankel rotary engine from German automaker NSU, Mazda perfects the engine for its Cosmo 110S luxury sports coupe.

In 1970 Mazda established Mazda Motor of America (N.W.), Inc. in Seattle, Washington. Vehicle sales begin in the US, with the first imports from Japan departing Hiroshima on April 14, 1970, to arrive at the port of Seattle. In 1973, Mazda RX-3 became the first vehicle in the world to pass strict new U.S. standards for regulating exhaust emissions.

Car and Driver magazine purchases an RX-2 after their 40,000-mile evaluation and repurposes it as a race car. Their Car and Driver RX-2 becomes the first Mazda to win a professional race in the U.S., leading to a long heritage of motorsports competition both in the U.S. and abroad.In 1978, Mazda introduced the rotary-engine RX-7 sports car, the 626 series midsize car and the Mazda B-series pickup. The following year Ford Motor Company purchased a 25 percent stake in Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. (later to become Mazda Motor Corporation).

80s & 90s

In 1982 Mazda sold its one-millionth passenger car in the U.S. and Mazda introduced the front-wheel-drive 626 which was awarded Motor Trend "Import Car of the Year. By 1984 Mazda changed its name from Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. to Mazda Motor Corporation.In 1986 Mazda RX-7 was awarded Motor Trend "Import Car of the Year." and the following year the Mazda RX-7 Turbo named as a Car and Driver "10Best." 1989 Mazda introduces the MX-5 Miata sports car as a 1990 model at February's Chicago Auto Show.IN the 1990 MX-5 Miata received the "Automobile of the Year" award from Automobile Magazine and a "10Best" award from Car and Driver. While in 1994 Mazda introduced the supercharged high-output, fuel-efficient Miller-cycle engine (in the Millenia S), the first automotive application of Miller-cycle technology in a mass-production vehicle, a process which is still used in SKYACTIV gasoline engines.1996, Ford Motor Company increased its equity in Mazda Motor Corporation to 33.4 percent. While in 1999 the MX-5 Miata celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Special-Edition model and receives numerous accolades, including: Fifth "10Best" award from Car and Driver, Named to Consumers Digest "Best Buy" list, "Best Convertible" in MotorWeek's Driver's Choice Awards and One of Sport Compact Car's "Eight Great Rides."

2000 to Today

Mazda launched its first globally-unified marketing messaging strategy: Zoom-Zoom. It's an immediate hit. And the next year, Mazda Motor Corporation celebrated its 70th anniversary of automobile manufacturing.

In 2003 MAZDA6 won more than 60 domestic and international awards during its first year, including a Car and Driver "10Best," Automobile Magazine "All-Star," and MONEY®magazine "2003 Best Mid-Sized Sedan." While in 2007 the Mazda CX-9 won the North American Truck of the Year award as well as the Motor Trend SUV of the Year award.

2009 Mazda introduced a lightweight, ultra-efficient combination of engine, chassis, suspension, transmission and body components called "SKY" that indicate Mazda's next-generation vehicles. Using the highest compression ratio in the world for gas engines, the engines burn efficiently and deliver immediate, torque-rich response. Coined from the term, "The sky is the limit," SKY is later named SKYACTIV Technology.

2010 KODO-Soul of Motion design was introduced and was later spread throughout the Mazda lineup still influencing today's design principles. A few years later in 2013 Mazda created the national Mazda Drive for Good® charitable program, offering a unified way for the company, dealerships, employees and customers to give back to their local community.

Today Mazda continues to innovate in all facets of the automotive industry, leading the ways in safety technology, performance innovation and its overall design mantra.


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