Mazda

Mazda manages to build vehicles that drive extremely well, look really great, and are still priced reasonably. The Japanese automaker boasts a beautiful lineup that encompasses everything from the fun-loving MX-5 Miata sports car to the family packing CX-9 three-row crossover. While the industry shifts away from sedans, the zoom-zoom brand makes terrific renditions such as the compact Mazda 3 and mid-size Mazda 6, each of which provide enthusiastic driving characteristics. The company also challenges best-selling compact crossovers from Honda and Toyota with the athletic and upscale CX-5 that we again named to our annual 10Best list.

  • 5 / 5
2020 Mazda CX-5
Starting at
$26,290

Thanks to a high-end experience, a pleasing design, and a fun-to-drive nature, the CX-5 adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

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Mazda MX-30 concept front
Starting at
$35,000 est.

The zoom-zoom brand is dipping its toe into the electric-vehicle wading pool with the all-new MX-30 SUV, which sports dashing good looks and an all-natural interior.

  • 4 / 5
2020 Mazda 3 hatchback
Starting at
$22,445

The Mazda 3 looks and feels fancier than rivals, which makes it one of the classiest compact-car experiences on the market.


  • 4 / 5
2020 Mazda 6 front
Starting at
$25,045

The Mazda 6's sharp handling, premium cabin, and handsome exterior styling make it a sports car the whole family can enjoy.


  • 3 / 5
2020 Mazda CX-3 side
Starting at
$21,740

The 2020 Mazda CX-3 drives better and looks better than its rivals, which make this subcompact crossover better suited for enthusiasts rather than pragmatists.


  • 5 / 5
2020 Mazda CX-30 front
Starting at
$23,000

The CX-30 is either an SUV for car people or a car for SUV people, but either way its fun-to-drive nature makes it one of our favorite vehicles.

  • 4 / 5
2020 Mazda CX-9 front
Starting at
$34,990

If you'd prefer a Miata but you have kids, a dog, and a Costco membership, Mazda has you covered with the snappy-driving, fuel-efficient, and near-luxury CX-9.



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  • 5 / 5
2020 Mazda Miata front
Starting at
$27,525

When it comes to affordable sports cars, the Miata—with its eager driving dynamics, rev-happy engine, and open-air freedom—is the tiny king of the road.

  • 4.5 / 5
2019 Mazda 3 sedan
Starting at
$21,920

It's rare when a car is excellent enough to transcend its segment but the all-new 2019 Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback manage to do just that.


  • 5 / 5
2018 Mazda 6
Starting at
$24,720

The 2019 Mazda 6 is more than an ordinary mid-size family sedan, with a chiseled body and beautiful cabin could easily be confused with those of much pricier cars.


  • 4 / 5
2020 Mazda CX-3
Starting at
$21,435

One spirited drive behind the wheel of the 2019 Mazda CX-3 will have even the keenest driving enthusiasts singing its praises.


  • 5 / 5
2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature
Starting at
$25,395

Distinctive styling and engaging driving dynamics separate the 2019 Mazda CX-5 from the competition.

  • 4.5 / 5
2018 Mazda CX-9
Starting at
$33,325

Three-row crossovers are great for hauling kids and cargo, but they aren't always pleasing to drive.



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  • 5 / 5
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Starting at
$26,650

Strip away all the technological complications of a modern car—and the weight that comes with it—and add in a playfully tuned rear-wheel-drive chassis, a rev-happy engine, and a crisp-shifting manual transmission, and you have a recipe for driving enjoyment that's refreshingly pure.

  • 2 / 5
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Mechanically identical to the Ford Ranger, the Mazda B-series’ flexy chassis and tepid powerplants reduce its fun-to-drive index to almost zero.


  • 3.5 / 5
2010 Mazda CX-7
Starting at
$22,985

A stylish suburban wagon that helped pioneer the recent direction of crossover SUVs, the CX-7 is for small families wanting street handling more than off-road prowess.


  • 4 / 5
2011 Mazda 2 Touring
Starting at
$15,515

The Mazda 2 is not quite as spacious inside as the Honda Fit, but it offers a sporty and lightweight feel that we really enjoy.


  • 4 / 5
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Starting at
$24,995

A Mazda 3 five-door with 263 turbocharged horsepower, a stiffer suspension, stickier tires, and sporty seats, the Mazdaspeed 3 is a central player in the hot-hatch fraternity.

  • 4 / 5
2015 Mazda 5 front
Starting at
$22,060

This micro-van packs Japanese-style efficiency into a fun-to-drive package with seats for six; those who find regular minivans too bulky will be especially appreciative.



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  • 3.5 / 5
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Starting at
$27,590

A unique sports car in many ways, the RX-8 is a two-plus-two with half-doors for easier access to the rear seats and a rotary engine underhood.

  • 3 / 5
2011 Mazda Tribute
Starting at
$21,350

The Tribute is an honest trucklet that shares its mechanicals with the Ford Escape.