In this episode, we talk about the new turbocharged engine found in the Mazda3 sedan and hatchback as well as the CX-30. Both labeled “Turbo” models to designate their engine choice, these vehicles greatly benefit from the added power and low-end torque given by the turbocharged addition. Here’s our thoughts on both.

For a full review of the Mazda3 Turbo: https://drivemodeshow.com/2021/03/03/the-2021-mazda3-bring-on-the-turbo/

For a full review of the CX-30: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZYdjmo76gs

Talking semi-autonomous safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60s7_sa45gY

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), one of two crash testing bodies in the United States, has announced its results for dozens of vehicles in the 2021 model year. The results published show that every Mazda vehicle tested has received the highest rating IIHS offers, a Top Safety Pick+ (“plus”). This is the second year in a row that Mazda has done so.

To qualify for the IIHS’ top award, a vehicle must pass all six crash tests with a top score of “Good,” including the difficult and industry’s only front passenger-side overlap test as well as a head restraints test. The vehicle must then pass all advanced crash prevention tests, which tests technology to avoid or limit accidents, and vehicle-to-pedestrian avoidance with a top “Superior” rating. Finally, the vehicle’s headlamps must also pass the IIHS’ difficult headlight testing for safety and compliance.

The Mazda3 sedan, Mazda3 Hatchback, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-30, CX-5 and Mazda CX-9 all achieved Top Safety Pick+ status for the 2021 model year. The only Mazda vehicle not yet tested by the IIHS is the MX-5 Miata sports car.

Kudos to Mazda for getting such high safety scores on all of their mainstream family vehicles!

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In this special episode, we talk about the annual Texas Truck Rodeo put on by the Texas Auto Writers Association. Kristin walks us through what she saw, what she learned, and the types of capabilities and comparisons that are tested at this event.

Kristin’s review of the Durango SRT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYpMpVco370

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t1C2ldyafo

Interview with Nicole and Alice pre-Rebelle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIbFlG7G4a4

Interview with Alice and Nicole, Rebelles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szw3oonSd-Y

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In this episode, Kristin and Aaron talk about the 2020 Hyundai Sonata and the 2020 Mazda 6, both competing sedans in the midsized market. These are both great vehicles, but they each have strengths, weaknesses, and a different approach to the same market. We talk comparisons in differences and similarities. Which is better? You decide.

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There are a lot of good things happening during the coronavirus social distancing. Even as automotive plants shut down the production of vehicles for the health and safety of their workers, automakers are jumping in to help communities and the country during this time. Here, we talk about the current happenings and give highlights of what vehicle brands and companies are doing to give back to communities. From building ventilators to making safety gear and feeding the hungry, the automotive industry continues its long tradition of caring for the people and nations it serves.

Stay safe and happy. We’re getting through this together.

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In this interview with Matthew ValBueno of Mazda, we learn how it was, exactly, that such a totally unprecedented sound experience was created for the all-new Mazda CX-30. Matthew explains some the challenges facing car audio tuning and how a vehicle literally engineered with the sound system in mind overcame most of those challenges. Plus some MC Hammer references because Matthew, despite his stereo knowledge, has questionable musical taste. Check it out!

Find our first impressions of the new CX-30 in our video here.

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Fellow journalist Tim Esterdahl from Pickup Truck and SUV Talk joins our own Aaron Turpen in the all-new Mazda CX-30. The CX-30 is a compact crossover slotted to fit between the small Mazda3 car and the larger CX-5 crossover. How does this new entry into the fastest growing segment in automotive measure up? Well, it’s got a #$!*%$& awesome stereo to start with.

Find Tim at PickupTruckTalk.com.

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