Long gone are the days when a vehicle’s interior consisted of a bench seat more like a wooden pew, an analog radio broadcasting static on every channel, and a temperamental fuel gauge. Interiors have come a long way in terms of comfort and viability as automakers discovered better ways for humans to interact with their machines.
The 2016 Mazda6 is highly exemplary of this engineering progress. The automotive press seem to agree. The sedan from Mazda made Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.
The latest generation of the Mazda6 launched in 2014. For 2016, the Mazda6 received some dramatic “interior upgrades,” according to Tom Murphy, editor for Ward’s Auto World magazine. Those interior enhancements included a “center console and instrument panel that have been expertly redesigned to incorporate a new display screen and human-machine interface that works wonderfully.”
But that wasn’t all. Mazda also improved the front and rear seats and engineered the interior to be even quieter than before.
Derek Jenkins, director of design for Mazda North America Operations, explains the kind of goals Mazda has in mind when it comes to interior design. “To create an environment that spoils its driver and passengers and provides a rewarding experience for the driver.” Those are exactly the kind of goals that placed the 2016 Mazda6 on Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.
As we wait for the arrival of the 2016 MX-5 Miata, we have more good news to share about the all-new roadster. Equipped with Mazda’s expertly engineered SKYACTIV Technology, the car looks great as it zips by the previous manual transmission model with 25% greater fuel efficiency.
The MX-5 comes standard with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine and SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission for an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon, combined — 27 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Outfitted with the available automatic transmission, the MX-5 kicks up its highway efficiency to 36 mpg.
“SKYACTIV Technology is more than a catchphrase for Mazda; it’s a total effort to increase efficiency, improve performance, safety and technology and instill each Mazda vehicle with a directness and responsiveness that’s unmatched in the segments in which our vehicles compete,” said president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, Jim O’Sullivan. “The 2016 MX-5 shows that a sports car can hit all targets today’s buyers want.”
As part of Mazda’s incorporation of the SKYACTIV Technology, the automaker used its “Gram Strategy” to shed 150 pounds from 2016 MX-5, while increasing the strength and safety of the vehicle.
Production for the 2016 MX-5 Miata began on April 20, so it won’t be long now before we finally get a chance to see the all-new model up close and personal. Stay tuned for news of its arrival. We at Bakersfield Mazda are pretty sure you’ll want to come visit us.