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This small automaker is most known for the plucky MX-5 Miata roadster, but that fun-to-drive element pervades the lineup. Mazda uses lightweight construction and efficient powertrain technology, which contribute to excellent fuel economy without resorting to hybrids. Although often overlooked by consumers, more often than not, Mazdas deliver nimble handling and strong reliability. Noise isolation and ride comfort haven’t been so stellar, however, and their infotainment system is complex and tedious to use. The Mazda3 and Mazda6 are both very fuel-efficient cars, and the CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9 SUVs performed well in our testing. Mazda ranks midpack among the brands in reliability, but reliability among its models varies widely.