2007 Mazda

2007 Mazda B-Series

Mazda's B-Series compact pick-up (which shares a platform with the Ford Ranger) gets a tire pressure monitor and two new colors -- Pueblo Gold and Vista Blue -- for the new model year. Otherwise, this model is essentially unchanged from 2006. The B-Series is offered in three versions, with each powered by a different engine. The base B2300 comes with a 143-horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder, while the B3000 is fitted with a 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 153 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque for better low-end muscle. The B4000 tops the line with its 4.0-liter V-6, which generates 207 horsepower and 238 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed-manual transmission is standard across the line, with a five-speed automatic optional. Towing capacity maxes out at 5,600-lbs. Both rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are available, with regular and extended Cab Plus body styles, and in base, DE, and SE trim levels.

2007 Mazda CX-7

The CX-7 is a new five-passenger, mid-sized sporty crossover vehicle defined by its steeply raked (66 degree incline) front glass, curvaceous exterior and sport-tuned drivetrain and suspension. Power comes from a standard 2.3 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder direct injection (DISI) engine developing 244 horsepower driving through the front wheels or a full-time AWD system. It is very similar to the engine used in the MazdaSpeed6 sport sedan and intended to provide a similar enthusiast driver experience -- in a vehicle with greater versatility and more room. For example, the CX-7 has an oversize center console storage area that can take a laptop computer, a 39-inch rear cargo area (with the rear seats in place) with a reversible trunk board that can be flipped over to allow dirty items to be carted around without ruining the carpet. Three trim levels are available -- Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control, six air bags, ABS, traction control and stability control are included in the base price. Touch-screen DVD-based navigation is available, as is a premium Centerpoint surround sound audio system, keyless entry/engine start and Sirius satellite radio.

2007 Mazda CX-9

The CX-9 is a stretched version of the CX-7 that offers third row seating and 17.2 cubic feet of cargo capacity. It also has a different engine -- a standard 3.5 liter V-6 with a rating (at this writing) of 250 horsepower. Like the CX-7, the CX-9 is available in either front or all-wheel-drive forms. The standard transmission in this model is a six-speed automatic. Like its smaller CX-7 sibling, the CX-9 comes in base Sport, mid-level Touring and top-of-the-line Grand Touring trim levels, with similar standard equipment and options packages.

2007 Mazda3

Mazda's sporty compact sedan/hatchback wagon continues for 2007 with some exterior/interior tweaks -- including body-colored grilles, redesigned front bumper with square foglights and LED-style combination rear tail lights. Inside, both versions have new-design rear armrests with integrated cup holders for rear seat occupants. In the sedan, rear cargo space side and end trim have been modified to allow larger items to be loaded more easily. A trunk lid recess on top of the bumper has also been added to make it easier to open the trunk lid. Audio systems have been upgraded with an auxiliary audio input and 12-volt power outlets are now standard for all models. A 148-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine continues to power the base version, while the "s" models offer a 2.3-liter four-cylinder that generates 156 horsepower. (In both cases, "on paper" power is slightly lower than last year due to changes in the way engine power is measured and rated -- but the '06 and '07 versions of these engines are essentially the same.) A five-speed manual transmission is standard; the base model can be fitted with a Sport AT four-speed automatic, while the S offers a five-speed automatic. Both have manual shift capability. Available features include anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, front-side and side-curtain airbags, a Bose audio system, heated leather seats, a navigation system, Sirius satellite radio and high-intensity xenon headlamps. Stability and traction control remain available optionally. The top-of-the-line Grand Touring model features a leather interior, premium sound system, high-gloss finish 17-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing front windshield wipers and automatic on/off headlights.

2007 MazdaSpeed3

The MazdaSpeed3 is a high-performance version of Mazda's sporty entry-level compact sedan/wagon and new for 2007. Its signature feature is a potent, 250 horsepower version of Mazda's 2.3 liter, turbocharged DISI direct-injection four-cylinder engine -- scorching the front wheels through a standard six-speed manual gearbox similar to the unit found in the mid-sized MazdaSpeed6 sedan. To deal with the very high output (for a front-drive car) and the potential problem of torque steer, intake volume and boost pressure-controls suppress sudden torque peaks for smooth, linear torque delivery. Additionally, torque output from first through third gears are electronically controlled to minimize torque-steer and excessive wheel-spin. The MazdaSpeed3 also gets its own specific bodywork, including flared fenders to accommodate the larger 18-inch wheels and tires, different front and rear fascias, roof spoiler and larger-diameter exhaust tip. The interior likewise gets MazdaSpeed-specific trim touches, including aluminum pedals and stainless steel scuff plates. High capacity brakes with ABS and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and DSC stability control are included as well.

2007 Mazda5

Brand-new for 2006, the Mazda5 is a three-row, six-seat sport minivan that's slightly smaller than the automaker's MPV. Changes for '07 are minimal. The Mazda5 shares platforms and its powertrain with the Mazda3 sedan. Thanks to its "theater-style" seating, all occupants enjoy ample head- and legroom with good outward visibility. A one-touch walk-in mechanism offers easy access to the third-row seats and both the second- and third-row seats can fold down to create a virtually flat floor for transporting large objects. The vehicle comes powered by a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine with Sequential Valve Timing that generates 157 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. It can be mated to either a five-speed manual (a rarity among minivans) or four-speed automatic gearbox with a manual-shift mode. The vehicle's handling is enhanced via MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear, with 17-inch wheels and tires. Four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution are paired with Dynamic Stability Control for added surefootedness. Front-side and side-curtain airbags to protect all three rows of seats are also included. Available in either Sport or Touring trim levels, standard features include a CD stereo, power windows and locks, and cruise control. Available equipment includes air conditioning, fog lamps, a CD changer, and a power moonroof.

2007 Mazda6

This uniquely styled and sporty line of front-drive line of four-door sedans, hatchbacks and sport wagons gets several updates for '07. ABS, traction control and side-impact and curtain air bags are now standard on all trim levels. A new Value Edition has been added to the lineup; it gets many of the popular features found in the Sport model but at a lower price point. Rated output of the Mazda6's engines has changed slightly as well -- reflecting changes in the way engine power is measured and reported. The standard 2.3 liter, four-cylinder engine, for example, is now rated at 156 horsepower vs, 160 last year -- and the optional 3.0 liter V-6 is down to 212 horsepower from 220 previously. But the changes are "on paper" only and do not reflect any actual mechanical differences in these engines, '06 to '07.
A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on the base model, with a four-speed automatic transmission available optionally; V-6s can be mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Front-side and side-curtain airbags are optional.

2007 MazdaSpeed6

The MazdaSpeed6 is the high-performance version of the Mazda6 sedan/wagon; it's basically a carryover for 2007 -- with updates including a slight change in the rated output of its standard turbocharged, direct-injection 2.3 liter engine to 270 horsepower from 274 previously. The MazdaSpeed6 comes standard with a special close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox and Mazda's Active Torque Split All-Wheel Drive system, which can adjust front/rear torque distribution between 100:0 and 50:50, depending on driving conditions. It has three modes -- Normal, Sports and Snow (slippery) to optimize traction under all conditions. A torque-sensing Super LSD limited-slip differential is included. Like the MazdaSpeed3, this performance model is further distinguished by unique front fenders, front and rear fascias, hood, grille, rear spoiler and side sills, along with sport bucket front seats, a Bose audio system, scuff plates with stainless-steel inserts and aluminum pedals. A Grand Touring options package offered only on this model adds heated leather seats, a power driver's seat, heated mirrors and keyless entry and start. For '07, the The MazdaSpeed6 is available in four colors unique to this model: Liquid Platinum Metallic, Black Mica, Velocity Red Mica and Titanium Gray Metallic.

2007 MPV

A completely new replacement for the current MPV van is due later in 2007 and while details were not available at the time of this writing, the new model will reportedly offer three row/seven-passenger seating, with the possible powerplant being a version of the 2.3 liter, direct-injection (DISI) turbocharged four used in other Mazda models. A six-speed manual transmission may be offered as well. Spy shots of the new bodywork reveal a dramatic, swoopy shape with swept-back headlights, arched fenders and "fast" windshield.

2007 MX-5 Miata

The big news for '07 is the availability of a three-piece (including the glass section) retractable hardtop option for Mazda's legendary two-seat sports car. Even better, the trunk won't disappear when the top is dropped. When the hardtop is retracted and folded away, the Miata still has 5.3 cubic feet of trunk space -- more than enough for the typical overnight bag. Also, choosing the retractable hardtop won't weigh the car down too much. This version of the Miata comes in just 80 lbs. heavier than the standard soft-top roadster. MInor exterior sheetmetal changes are also visited upon models with the retractable hardtop option, including a steel trunk lid (in place of the standard car's aluminum piece) and some detail touches to integrate the lines of the retractable top into the overall them. In addition, two new exterior colors?Stormy Blue Mica and Highland Green Mica?replace Winning Blue Metallic and Nordic Green Mica. Copper Red Mica, Galaxy Grey Mica, Sunlight Silver Metallic, True Red, and Brilliant Black are also offered. Three interior packages?black fabric, black leather, and saddle-tan leather?carry over from the MX-5 soft top as do the Miata's powertrains and major options.

2007 RX-8

The sporty and curvaceous four-passenger RX-8 sports car is designed with dual rear-hinged half doors that permit easy entry into and egress from the backseat, but with the overall look of a coupe. For 2007, the RX-8 is mostly a carryover, with changes confined to newly available Sand-trimmed leather seats for the top-of-the-line Grand Touring version and the adoption of a standard six-disc CD changer for both mid-level Touring and Grand Touring versions. Base and Sport trim lines continue unchanged for '07 There are also two new exterior colors ? Crystal White Pearl and Stormy Blue Mica. Cars with the six-speed manual gearbox come with a 232-horsepower version of the 1.3 liter Renesis rotary engine unique to the RX lineup. Automatic versions get a slightly de-tuned, 212 horsepower version of the rotary engine. The automatic now has six forward gears instead of just four -- and features F1-style paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Both automatic and manual transmission cars come equipped with power windows, mirrors and door locks, cruise control and an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers -- in addition to four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, side impact and curtain air bags. Dynamic Stability Control is optional, as are high-intensity xenon headlamps, a navigation system and a rear wing spoiler.

2008 Mazda Tribute

Like its Ford cousin, the Escape, Mazda's Tribute is due for a mid-cycle freshening up -- but little info was available at the time of this writing. The new model will reportedly bow in early 2007 as a 2008 model and should feature a re-styled exterior and interior, possibly larger in both respects -- even possibly including an available third-row seating option.