July 28, 2016 |
A Philadelphia police officer's daughter was the victim of a carjacking early Tuesday, police said. The woman had parked her Mazda under the Interstate 95 overpass by Front and Morris Streets about 12:30 a.m. when two boys, about 14 to 16 years old, came up on bicycles, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. As the woman was getting out of her car, the teens, both armed with handguns, demanded her car keys, Walker said. She didn't resist. The carjackers drove away.
May 30, 2016 |
2016 Chevrolet Malibu 2LZ: An American classic sedan gets an update. Price: A base price of $22,500, much ballyhooed in TV ads I've seen, shows GM is still aiming for the value market. The test model, however, was $34,285, with $2,490 going to two options packages emphasizing safety features. The base for the 2LZ is $30,920. Marketer's pitch: "The car you never expected. " Conventional wisdom: Oddly enough, Chevrolet also is carrying over the old 2015 Malibu design as the 2016 Malibu Limited.
May 10, 2016 |
A 7-week-old girl who was injured in a car crash May 1 in the Wissahickon section of Philadelphia has died, according to police. It is the third fatality to result from the violent collision on a wet, winding road. Zyana Wilson-Perez was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, police said Sunday. Wilson-Perez had suffered severe brain and abdominal injuries as a result of the crash, which occurred when the 2005 Mazda 6 she was in swerved out of control on the 5400 block of Henry Avenue and was T-boned by a 2008 Mazda 3 driving in the opposite direction.
May 4, 2016 |
Unused seat belts and poor weather were factors in a two-car crash Sunday that killed a 6-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man and critically injured three people, including a 7-week-old girl, authorities said Monday. Five adults and four children, including the two people who died, were hurt in the collision, which occurred just before 4 p.m. Sunday on the 5400 block of Henry Avenue in the Wissahickon section, police said. "It's just a horrific accident," Capt. John Wilczynski of the Accident Investigation Division said Monday.
March 13, 2016
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club: Even better than the original? Price: $33,120 as tested (including $3,400 for the Brembo brake package, which offers Brembo front brakes, 17-inch dark alloy wheels, and advanced keyless entry, plus $390 for Soul Red paint). Marketer's pitch: "Is it possible to turn glass and steel into adrenaline and emotion?" Conventional wisdom: Very yes. Reality: Very yes. Spring fever: No other vehicle conjures up images of top-down country drives on sunny days than the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
March 7, 2016
2016 Honda Civic 1.5 T Sens vs. 2016 Mazda3 4-door Grand Touring: Little four-door faceoff. This week: 2016 Mazda3 four-door. Price: $30,135 as tested. A $2,800 GT Technology Package offered regenerative braking, radar cruise control, forward obstruction warning, and more. Mobile start and red paint added $1,000. A base Grand Touring can be had starting at $25,795. A base 3 can be had for $17,845, $600 lower than the 2015 price. Marketer's pitch: "It's like hitting every green light, every time you drive it. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "precise handling; very good fuel economy; quick acceleration; top crash-test scores; refined interior with intuitive controls; available hatchback body style; many advanced features are available" but not the "above-average wind noise; ride quality can be choppy with the optional 18-inch wheels.
December 21, 2015 |
Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3 vs. Kia Soul vs. Buick Encore: Small-crossover four-way. This week, the grand finale: 2015 Buick Encore AWD Premium Group. Price: $32,395 as tested (including $495 for audio system with navigation. More on that later.) A basic front-wheel drive could be had for as low as $24,065. Marketer's pitch: "Perfectly sized to suit your next adventure. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "quiet interior; good fuel economy; long list of tech and safety features," but not the "tepid performance; small size limits interior room and cargo space.
December 14, 2015 |
Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3 vs. Kia Soul vs. Buick Encore: Small-crossover four-way. This week: 2015 Kia Soul! Price: $26,715 as tested (more about options later). The trim-level price started at $20,700, and a base model can be had for as low as $15,690. Marketer's pitch: "Totally transformed. " Conventional wisdom: What's a little box like this doing in a comparison of small crossovers? Reality: A worthy adversary. Crossover? OK, OK, so whether the Soul is technically a crossover may be debatable.
December 6, 2015 |
Honda HR-V vs. Mazda CX-3 vs. Kia Soul vs. Buick Encore: Small crossover four-way, part two. This week: 2016 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD. Price: $29,790 as tested (including $550 for Mazda mobile start, and $100 each for door-sill trim plates and rear bumper guard). A bare-bones front-wheel-drive model can be had for $19,960. Marketer's pitch: "What if more adventures started from the driver's seat?" Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "excellent fuel economy; sporty handling; quiet speed; attractive, high-quality interior with appealing features," but not the "snug rear seat; humble cargo capacity.
October 25, 2015 |
The 2016 Mazda6 i Touring: Fun in the family sedan. Price: $25,265 as tested ($300 for red paint; $75 for floor mats; $125 for door-sill trim plates). Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com likes the "smooth and responsive powertrain; quick acceleration; excellent fuel economy; sporty handling; well-built interior with top-quality materials; stylish looks" but not that the "ride quality may be too firm for some; no engine upgrade available. " Marketer's pitch: "The cure for the common drive.