This small automaker is most known for the plucky MX-5 Miata roadster, but that fun-to-drive character pervades the lineup. Mazda uses lightweight construction and efficient engine technology to bolster fuel economy without resorting to hybrid powertrain. Although often overlooked by consumers, more often than not, Mazdas deliver nimble handling and strong reliability in a given category. Noise isolation and ride comfort haven’t been so stellar, however, and their infotainment system is takes practice to master. The Mazda3 and Mazda6 are both very fuel-efficient cars, and the CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs performed well in our testing. Mazda ranks in the top half of brands overall, with above average reliability and owner satisfaction.
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