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Here's how to nominate a local hero to win a Mazda Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition

Mazda is asking people across the U.S. to nominate a community hero.

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It's safe to say that 2020 has been a year of firsts for most of us. Whether it's working from home, not being able to visit friends and family, or becoming the teacher for your household. Some are going above and beyond and Mazda wants to recognize them.

The Mazda Heroes: Honoring the Human Spirit program looks to recognize individuals who have "selflessly dedicated themselves to their communities throughout 2020". Through Mazda Heroes, Mazda North American Operations will select 50 deserving people and provide each hero with a piece of its history, a Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition.

100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata sideThe company recently celebrated its history with the release of the Mazda MX-5 Miata100th Anniversary Special Edition. Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

"This year marks Mazda's 100th Anniversary. We had hoped this time would be filled with moments of celebration and appreciation for our fans, employees and partners. But given the many tragic events of 2020, we decided to express, in another way, our brand's unique heritage of trying to make things better," MNAO President Jeff Guyton said.

"In April, we launched our Essential Car Care Program to give free oil changes and car cleaning to healthcare workers across the U.S. Throughout this initiative we heard how grateful our dealers and employees were to be in service to those selflessly giving back every day. This inspired us to develop the Mazda Heroes program, which will honor individuals supporting communities and share their stories in a moment when people desire inspiration in their lives."

Those nominated can be teachers, community members, doctors, nurses, first responders, faith leathers, restaurant owners, compassionate carers, or, really, any persons who have stood out for their efforts during this intense time.

Here's how to enter a nominee. Stories can be submitted now through Oct. 25 at www.MazdaUSA.com/mazda-heroes for a chance to be honored as a Mazda Hero. Fifty individuals will be selected based on their demonstrated selfless acts, creative approaches, and contributions to community. Honorees will be announced beginning Dec. 2.

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Pricing for the new SUV starts at under $30,000.

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Mazda is known for building high quality, engaging vehicles, and its SUVs are no exception. All of the automaker's utility vehicles are stylish, and offer a solid driving experience that not many can at their price points. A brand-new Mazda SUV is on its way soon that will feature a more rugged personality and styling aimed at active outdoors enthusiasts. The 2023 CX-50 entered production earlier this year, and Mazda recently announced pricing for the new vehicle.

The CX-50 will hit dealers' lots in March as the first Mazda built in the automaker's joint production facility, which it shares with Toyota in Huntsville, AL. It's similar to the CX-5 crossover, but is larger and features a more rugged outdoor-oriented personality. Mazda wills sell both for the time being, as the CX-5 is a best seller for the automaker, with almost 170,000 units sold last year. The popular crossover also got a refresh for 2022.

2023 Mazda CX-50The CX-50 is intended for people that want to take it off the beaten path.Mazda

The CX-50 comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 187 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque. Mazda offers a turbo version with 256 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque when running premium fuel. Both engines come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is standard.

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 will go on sale this year. Its starting price lands at $28,025, including a $1,225 destination fee. The top 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus starts at $42,775 after destination.

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The car shows just 9,000 miles.

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If you’re in the market for a new and unique sports car, this may be your fix. The Mazda RX-8 is a much-maligned and somewhat unreliable vehicle, but the price on this auction may be just right. The 2005 RX-8 shows just 9,000 miles on its odometer and looks to be in wonderful shape.

2005 Mazda RX-8Unsurprisingly, the RX-8 looks almost new.Bring a Trailer

The RX-8 was an interesting but problem-plagued car that many enthusiasts steer clear of these days. Numerous things can go wrong with the rotary engine that powers the car, including bad ignition coils, engine fuel flooding, catalytic converter issues, and starter problems. The engine’s unique design caused problems when drivers started and quickly shut down the car without letting it warm fully. The problem would prevent the car from starting until remedied but didn’t cause any permanent damage. Other issues could cause costly repairs and extended downtime for RX-8 owners.

While all of that could eventually become an issue for this car, it’s likely that its low mileage and great condition will help it stay in decent health for at least a while. The seller also provided compression test results that show a healthy and functioning engine without much to worry about at the moment.

The RX-8’s tiny 1.3-liter two-rotor engine produced 238 horsepower and 159 pound-feet of torque when new. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. The cars were, and still are, quick, thanks to their light weight. On the downside, the cars’ fuel economy and oil consumption are both prodigious.

2005 Mazda RX-8The RX-8 was a quirky car with small doors that opened to access the back seat. Bring a Trailer

This 2005 RX-8 sits at just $12,000 at the time of this article, and there’s still almost five hours to go in the auction. Unless some brave soul gets excited at the last minute, it likely won’t climb much higher than that. At that price, the RX-8 is a less risky purchase and would mean that the new owner could use and abuse it without much worry. Could that be you?

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