This small automaker is most known for crafting a fun-to-drive character into its models. Mazda uses lightweight construction and efficient engine technology to bolster fuel economy without resorting to hybrid or other advanced technologies. Although often overlooked by consumers, more often than not, Mazdas deliver nimble handling throughout its line. The plucky MX-5 Miata roadster remains a benchmark sports car. The Mazda3 and Mazda6 are both pleasant and nicely finished inside. The CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs also performed well in our testing. Overall, Mazda's new models are the most reliable of all brands currently.