August 01, 2019 By Carl S. Cunanan

Editor’s Note

I truly enjoy driving our fifteen year old Honda Civic. Every time I think about getting a replacement, there’s just something about the simplicity, size, and ease of the car that makes me want to keep it around. We have other larger, more comfortable more powerful cars but that Civic just kind of fits everything you can throw at it.

In a world of big SUVs, we often forget how good these small cars can be. The newest ones, such as what is on our cover now, can be fun, efficient and far more safe than ever. They don’t pull around too much weight or mass so they are quick to move and easy to park just about anywhere. They have the sprightly feel you sometime lose when going for a crossover or an SUV. And modern electronic and safety systems are really a key point in terms of deciding whether you should just hold on or switch up. True, more modern and more complicated systems can make long-term car ownership somewhat more costly, but that is a function of what those systems are really meant to do. Which is help save both the environment and our lives.

Our cover car is from Mazda, which is taking a very different route in terms of achieving the efficiencies the world now expects. And we applaud that, because its companies that operate like that that move things forward. Mazda is developing a particularly interesting fuel combustion system that took some pretty serious commitment to begin with, but the results so far are proving themselves quite well. Remember back when the larger markets questioned the technologies of Honda or Toyota? Or when companies like Porsche decided to use the technology developed by Mitsubishi? Or when Subaru made quirky cars many didn’t understand at all (like a small pickup truck with rear facing seats in its bed for the US market) and stuck to the boxer layout. Or Mazda, with their rotary engine, and their RX-7, and their Miata, and their Le Mans win. So yeah, we applaud them all. In the con stately changing automotive environment, Those that can think and operate independently may well be leading the way.

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