B-Segment Crossovers are the latest hot segment in the automotive market. Why? That’s a great question, and we don’t have an answer for it, because we find the entire equation of B-Segment Crossovers (a) compromised and (b) just plain dumb.
That said, Mazda’s entry into the segment is the CX-3, is it any good? Are you better served in a different style of vehicle? That is what we find out on this episode of Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive.
Another day, another crossover to review. There are so many choices in this category, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester and many more, it often comes down to brand loyalty and personal preferences. The Mazda CX-5 is a solid choice, it doesn’t do anything poorly, on the other hand, it doesn’t stand out from the crowd either.
What other thoughts did we have? That’s what we find out on this episode of Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive.
The Midsize sedan market is hugely competitive with names like Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat and Chevy Malibu. In this segment, to be successful, you have to do a lot of things very well, and the Mazda6 does most things well, so you have to ask why isn’t it more successful.
Other than the audio system, which had a number of issues connecting to various iPhone, iPod and Android units, we really liked the car, but is it best in class? That’s what we are going to find out in this episode of Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive
A friend of ours from Twitter Jameson Riley and his brother AJ Riley were down in Daytona this past weekend racing in one of the support classes for the 24 Hours of Daytona. They were having a great weekend and were running near the top of the ST class in the Continental Tires series Fresh From Florida 200 when they were taken out.
What we have today is an in car video of a qualifying lap in their RX8 with Jameson at the wheel, enjoy!
Things are not always what they seem. For instance, you might think this episode is nearly a week late. Wrong as usual, idiot. We were planning to do this episode a year from now, so technically it’s early. Why are you so offended? Clearly you are unfamiliar with the word “idiot’s” Greek roots. I was simply suggesting you were a private person unfamiliar with the vagaries of podcasting. Again, not what it seems.
So there you go. Houston, we have a theme. This week we’ve got the coolest 4×4 you never expected, a bevy of protests as the Detroit Auto Show gets going and a wrecked Yaris that is more functional than you’d think. Plus we’ve got some new fun and games this week including our Mystery Words of the Week, a new segment where we get to stereotype drivers and a couple of burnouts gone terribly wrong.