Drivers in Arlington, Texas have a lot to deal with. On top of being a tie for the sixth worst city for traffic in the United States, with commuters spending an average of 48 hours in traffic a year and wasting 38 gallons of gas, there is also the weather to contend with. Arlington is in Tornado Alley, so dealing with flash floods, high winds, and sudden thunderstorms comes with the territory.
In the end, Arlington drivers need vehicles that offer good fuel economy and details like climate control that will help with the Arlington climate. Here are some top picks from Mazda:
If you are a heavy commuter, the Mazda3 could be a perfect fit. It is one of the most affordable small cars according to U.S. News and World Report and it is one of the most fuel-efficient. The Mazda can get up to 40 mpg on the highway on a 2.0-liter, 150-horsepower engine. It is also a winner on cost. The MSRP on this compact car is less than $17,000 for a 4-door model and just under $19,000 for a 5-door. The Mazda is available with a moon roof and offers dual-zone climate control, with a pollen filter.
If you need something a little larger, or a little more advanced, check out the Mazda6. At just over $21,000, this vehicle costs a little more than a Mazda3, but you also get more. You’ll enjoy the same fuel economy as its cheaper cousin, the same available moon roof, and the same filtered dual-zone climate control, but you get more roomy seating and a better interior. The Mazda6 also has fun standard features like a rearview camera, audio menu voice command, Bluetooth, and hands-free text messaging. Plus, it has a 184-horsepower and 2.5-liter engine under the hood.
If seating isn’t an issue and you just want some thing that is fun and comfortable, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is the way to go. The engine is smaller than the Mazda6, with 167-horsepower and 2.0-liter, the fuel economy is a bit less at just 28 mpg on the highway, and the MSRP starts at just under $24,000 — but it is a sporty, two-seater convertible. Available in a soft top or with a Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT), the MX-5 Miata is fun and offers automatic climate controls as well as a retractable mesh wind blocker, so you can cruise in comfort.
If you need extra room, or you have to drive on different terrains, the Mazda CX-5 is a great choice. The MSRP on this compact SUV starts at just under $22,000. It has a 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine and gets up to 35 mpg on the highway. A moon roof is available on the Touring edition and you can select All Wheel Drive (AWD) if you are worried about traction.
When the temperature varies from the 30s to the high 90s and storms seem to come out of nowhere, like in Arlington, you need a vehicle built for the climate, and these Mazda cars fit the bill.