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 powertrains. Although often overlooked by consumers, more often than not, Mazdas deliver nimble handling and strong reliability in a given category. The plucky MX-5 Miata roadster remains a benchmark sports car. The Mazda3 and Mazda6 are both very fuel-efficient cars, and the CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs performed well in our testing. The Mazda3 has edged upscale. A new CX-30 SUV joins the line for 2020. Mazda ranks among the top brands overall, with above average reliability and owner satisfaction.