2015 Mazda 2

2015 Mazda 2

This is the new Mazda 2, which should prove a fuel-efficient rival for the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa when it goes on sale early 2015.

2015 Mazda 2

New Mazda 2 includes a selection of its frugal and clever ‘Skyactiv’ engines – a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol comes in 74, 89 and 113bhp tunes, while a 104bhp 1.5-litre turbodiesel comes with tiny 89g/km CO2 emissions.

2015 Mazda 2

The Euro 6-compliant motor, aided by a variable-geometry turbo and direct injection, makes 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.

2015 Mazda 2

In all, there are 16 different variants of the Mazda 2, across three petrol engines and one diesel. In entry-level SE trim, the 2015 Mazda 2 gets daytime running lights, air-conditioning, height adjustable driver’s seat, trip computer and steering wheel mounted audio controls. SE-L trim adds rear electric windows, 15-inch alloy wheels, 60:40 split-fold rear seats and integrated Bluetooth.

2015 Mazda 2 interior

The Mazda 2 kicks off at £11,995  ($18 000) for the 1.5-litre petrol SE 74bhp model, with the flagship petrol costing £15,995  ($24 000) for the 1.5-litre 113bhp Sport Nav. Diesel variants start at £15,995 ($24 000) in 1.5-litre SE-L 103bhp trim, up to £17,395 ($26 200) for the range-topping diesel Sport Navi…

2015 Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze

After 4 years in which it’s become in 2010 a segment best-seller, the Chevrolet Cruze is finally getting a long overdue update. The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will be debuting at the upcoming New York International Auto Show with a new nose, a few interior changes, and new infotainment options.

2015 GMC Canyon

The 2015 GMC Canyon is reappearing at a prime time, especially since the midsize pickup truck segment has needed some new blood.

2015 GMC Canyon

The Canyon, on the other hand, strikes a really good balance between delivering those things car buyers really want in a vehicle and making happy those with genuine trucky needs. It boasts a really smooth ride; it doesn’t suffer from that jumpiness most unladen pickups are prone to, requiring a couple hundred pounds of payload to smooth over.

2015 GMC Canyon

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder that was the focus of my First Drive of the Colorado is the standard engine for the Canyon as well, but the truck I drove was equipped with the far punchier (and thirstier at 17 miles per gallon city, 24 highway) 3.6-liter V6. Not only does the six make a healthy 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.

2015 GMC Canyon

GMC sells the 2015 Canyon as an extended-cab truck, with little room in the back for anything but child safety seats and randomly sized cargo, or a true crew cab, with four front-hinged doors and reasonable seating for four adults.

2015 GMC Canyon interior

The base $23,575 2015 GMC Canyon comes with AM/FM sound with a USB port; air conditioning; power windows; a power driver seat; and tilt steering. The $27,520 Canyon SLE adds more USB ports, satellite radio, a color touchscreen radio with GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment interface, and cruise control. The ritzy $30,655 Canyon SLT pulls perilously close to Sierra build combinations, with its standard automatic climate control, remote start, power front seats, and optional navigation.

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2015 Ford F-150

The aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 brings huge weight savings for America’s bestselling vehicle. You’d think this would be universally accepted as innovation, progress, and a generally good thing.

2015 Ford F-150

Ford claims results in overall weight loss of more than 500 pounds, from last year’s roughly comparable models. The slimming enables one great new downsized engine, increases the capability of the remaining powerplants, and is said to boost fuel economy by 5 to 20 percent.

2015 Ford F-150

While specifics on the smaller F-150s hasn’t been stated officiall, Ford’s Communications Manager Mike Levine tells us that a 2WD SuperCrew (full four-door) 2WD truck with the 2.7 EcoBoost engine is more like 4,500 pounds. That makes a single cab even leaner.

2015 Ford F-150

The F-150 pares down its trim levels in this transition year to XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. New equipment offerings include inflatable rear seat belts, pickup-box LED lighting, Sony premium audio, and, on Platinum models, real wood trim. An off-road-oriented FX4 package will be available, bundling off-road-tuned shocks, skid plates, and an electronic locking rear axle.

2015 Ford F-150 interior

Prices start at a reasonable $26,615, but if you haven’t shopped a full-sizer lately, you’ll need smelling salts for the $60,000-plus stickers on King Ranch and Platinum trucks.