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The Mazda 3 has been a solid choice for years. And this year there is plenty of the newest safety tech inside: lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and the Mazda3 gets a top rating for safety.
All good, of course. But our favorite part is under the hood. Mazda engineers are famous for their work to keep squeezing more power AND more fuel-efficiency out of their internal combustion engines. The 2020 Mazda 3 is expected to get the latest version of that engine, the Skyactiv-X, which uses diesel-style fuel compression for more power , but still runs on the same gas you’ve always used.
Now for something completely different, there’s Chevy’s new Corvette C8. This car looks cool and drives fast (you’d expect that from a ‘Vette), and has the engine BEHIND the seats (maybe not so expected, and brand new).
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The eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic with a V-8 engine pumping out 495 horsepower can go zero-to-60 in 2.8 seconds. As Car and Driver put it, “…the new C8 is spectacular, amazing, and supremely capable. Maybe even revolutionary.” Though they found room for future improvements too, so stay tuned for the 2020 LA Auto Show.
One last look at the show? Well, as James Bond ages (even Agent 007 must someday, right), Aston Martin will be ready for him with its new DBX, their first-ever SUV.