Archive for the ‘Performance’ Category

Is it safe to buy a used Volkswagen with an emissions fixed TDI engine?

Friday, October 25th, 2019
Red 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen parked outside under trees

Safety of the Volkswagen TDI post-Emissions Modification

You may remember ‘Dieselgate,’ the recall issued for turbocharged diesel engines on select German automobiles like Audi and Volkswagen. It was a scandal that caused Volkswagen to issue a buyback policy for various 2009-2015 models. Many of those models have now found their way back to used sales lots. For environmentally conscious drivers and diesel engine enthusiasts alike, the question remains…

Is it safe to buy a used Volkswagen with an emissions fixed TDI engine? (more…)

Is the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan good off-road?

Saturday, October 19th, 2019
Orange 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan waiting at a crosswalk in the rain

4Motion AWD and Traction Control on the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Getting stuck sucks. It always happens when you least expect it or have somewhere to be. Whether you’re driving through muddy terrain to get to your destination or you’re in the ditch because you had to swerve to avoid an accident, you still want to be able to get to where you need to be.

So, is the 2019 VW Tiguan good off-road? (more…)

Is SKYACTIV® technology worth it?

Friday, July 26th, 2019
A diagram of SKYACTIV technology on a black background.

SKYACTIV® Tech on Mazda Vehicles

The word “SKYACTIV®” gets batted around a lot in Mazda circles. Most Mazda shoppers know it has something to do with engine technology, but what does it mean, exactly? Is it just an empty label used to sell more Mazda cars? Or is there something more to it?

SKYACTIV® is actually a process that encompasses the entire vehicle in an attempt to make it as fuel-efficient as possible; it’s about more than just the engine. Mazda has reworked their design of many key parts of their models in order to improve efficiency while still delivering the incredible performance they’re known for and keeping prices reasonable.

So, enough hype- does it work? Is SKYACTIV® technology actually worth it? (more…)

2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbo Engine: All You Need to Know

Monday, July 8th, 2019
White 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature sits in a parking area with the setting sun behind it. Under the hood lies the powerful turbocharged engine.

FAQs about the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Turbocharged Engine

The standard engine on the 2019 Mazda CX-5 is pretty darn impressive; on most vehicles, it would qualify as the top tier available option. With Mazda, however, a beastly machine is what you get right off the bat. So what do you get when you want to upgrade the engine on your Mazda vehicle?

Upper trims of the 2019 Mazda CX-5 come endowed with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant that earns the title of being one of the most powerful engines in the compact SUV class. Let’s get the lowdown on what this engine is and what it brings to the table.  (more…)