Thankfully for most of us, the term “most popular” has meaning beyond the superlatives found in our old high school yearbooks. If you were always more intrigued by the cool cars than the cool kids, then we bet you’ll love one of the three Mazda vehicles that recently received 2015 Most Popular on Edmunds.com awards: the Mazda3, Mazda CX-5 and Mazda CX-9.
The 2015 Most Popular on Edmunds.com award winners are the three vehicles in each segment that were researched the most by visitors to the auto-research site from Jan. 1, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2014. With Edmunds.com receiving about 18 million visitors each month, the winners are a pretty good representation of what car buyers are looking for these days. The Mazda3, CX-5 and CX-9 were among the most researched vehicles in the Compact Car, Compact Crossover SUV and Large Crossover SUV segments, respectively.
Each Mazda vehicle honored by Edmunds.com offers an excellent blend of style and practicality. The 2015 Mazda3 and CX-5 share the automaker’s aggressive KODO design language and a pair of responsive-yet-efficient SKYACTIV four-cylinder engines, while the 2015 Mazda CX-9 is a sleek, safe and spacious crossover for transporting up to seven passengers in comfort. Last month, customers appeared to like what they saw from those vehicles at Mazda dealers, as each model posted double-digit sales growth compared to December 2013.
While research sites like Edmunds.com can be very helpful, it is difficult to fully identify your ideal vehicle until you get behind the wheel. Make plans to stop by our Chicagoland Mazda dealership for a test-drive, and we’ll help you end your search for a new car.
From their safety to their technology to their fuel economy, minivans have come a long way since you were a regular backseat passenger, and Motor Trend has deemed the 2015 Kia Sedona the family hauler that is currently leading that progress. The magazine’s editors recently chose the Sedona as their favorite after comparing five of the top minivans in a variety of categories, including ride and handling, performance, efficiency, cockpit/cabin, safety, value and cost of ownership.
Demonstrating excellent control and a smooth ride on twisty and rough road sections, the 2015 Sedona bested its competitors in ride and handling, meaning its child passengers will be less likely to spill their juice boxes or be awoken from their naps. Kia’s minivan also finished a close second in the performance category with its responsive 276-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine, and its Limited model even managed to outperform its EPA fuel-economy rating by netting 23.8 mpg on the highway in Motor Trend’s Real MPG testing. Inside the Sedona, editors found the nicest cabin of the group, citing its available Nappa leather and wood-style trims, its reclining Slide-N-Stow second-row seats and an optional UVO eServices infotainment system that was rated superior to competitor’s offerings.
“The Sedona was victorious in Motor Trend’s comparison because it surpasses expectations of how a minivan can drive and feel with its high-strength chassis and high-tech interior,” said Jeff Rosen, general manager of Rosen Kia Milwaukee. “At the same time, all the practical elements are still there, from the industry-leading safety to the segment-leading value.”
Designated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2015 Kia Sedona was one of just two minivans in the Motor Trend comparison to achieve the top rating of “good” in all of the safety organization’s crashworthiness tests. Meanwhile, Motor Trend editors determined that the Sedona offers the most content for its pricing, including an optional Surround View Monitor for maneuvering in and out of tight parking spots, as well as an available Smart Power Liftgate that automatically opens when owners stand behind it with their smart key.
It’s one thing for a vehicle to be praised by an auto journalist for its sleek design, but quite another for the same model to impress an international jury of discerning design professionals, architects and cultural leaders. The latter is exactly what the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis and Sonata did when they recently earned a pair of 2014 GOOD DESIGN Awards presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.
Established in 1950 by the curator of Chicago’s MoMa at the time, the GOOD DESIGN Awards are the world’s oldest and most prestigious recognition for design excellence. They only reward products that are designed with the highest quality of form and function, highlighting aesthetics that are a level beyond that of ordinary consumer products.
Both redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan and Sonata midsize sedan feature the automaker’s new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, which relies on swooping style lines like the first version, but creates a cleaner, more refined look overall. The models also benefit from stiffer body structures, allowing them to offer more responsive handling to match their engaging exteriors.
We expect Hyundai to continue to roll out new models bearing the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language this year, meaning the automaker could have even more GOOD DESIGN Award winners on its hands. In the meantime, we suggest you schedule a test-drive at our Chicagoland Hyundai dealership to form your own opinions of the award-winning 2015 Genesis or 2015 Sonata.