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Mazda’s New SUV

December 16, 2004

I don’t usually go for car-based, crossover-type SUVs.  Given the choice, I prefer frames, rear-wheel drive, and that faintly rough ride that screams "we did our best to smooth things out, but what do you want us to do, we’ve got a solid axle back here". 

Another thing.  Since the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV-4 first came out, automakers have been trying to make their car-based SUVs look like, well, their truck-based SUVs.  Look at the Ford Escape, or the Volvo XC-90.  Toyota’s Highlander looks as much an SUV as the 4Runner, but its based off of the Camry.

It has only been recently that automakers have begun to figure out that they can do more with a car platform than make it look like a slab-sided, ladder frame SUV.  The experiments haven’t always been so grand (see Pontiac Aztek), but they’ve started yielding ever-sleeker, sportier designs.  The best example to date is the Nissan Murano/Infiniti FX45.  Yes, they are based on the same platform.

Well, at last, Mazda is jumping into the fray with a crossover SUV built off of their mid-size "6" sedan.  The timing could not be better.  Mazda’s car sales are taking off, but its trucks (rebadged Fords) are dragging it like a boat anchor.  A new SUV could reverse that.

And the design, well, they nailed it.  I think it is the best crossover SUV design I’ve seen yet, and Mazda to the core.  Mazda is all about sportiness.  Not necessarily making their cars uber-powerful, but making them a blast to drive.  Yes, the so-called "zoom-zoom".  This SUV, well, it looks sporty and low-slung.  If it carries on into production, it’ll sell like hotcakes*.

If your curious, it is unimaginatively named the MX Crossover.

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*What’s the deal with hotcakes, anyway.  Do they sell especially well?  I’m assuming they do, to have entered clicheville.  But who buys them?  I’ve never bought hotcakes.  I’ve bought bundt cakes, and pancakes, and birthday cakes.  Funnel cakes, even, but never hotcakes.  What gives?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2004 7:28 pm

    Looks like they are bringing back the station wagon

  2. December 17, 2004 9:28 am

    You should see the Ford Freestyle. It pretty much combines the blandest, most boring features of cars, SUVs, and minivans into one boring package.

  3. December 17, 2004 10:14 am

    I think tht’s a pretty dcent looking veicle.

    As for bunct cakes,m funnel cakes etc….if you have bought them, you sure as hell didn’t buy them while WE WERE roomates! Instead it was revolting frozen peanut calzones. Just sayin’……

  4. nikola permalink
    January 4, 2005 9:13 am

    I like this car!Just go ahead mazda!best wishes!!!

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