Mazda vehicles have claimed the top place in one of the world’s largest- ever reports on vehicle reliability. Nearly 92 percent of the Mazda cars studied, including the MX-5 Miata, aged between three and nine years old, suffered no mechanical failure of any type – outperforming all other brands.

The report, which was issued by independent automotive extended-warranty specialists, Warranty Direct, looked at the reliability of more than 450,000 vehicles from 33 manufacturers, across the United States and United Kingdom. The resulting ‘Reliability League Table’ shows the number of failures reported for every 100 vehicles covered by Warranty Direct’s policies. Mazda was rated number one with a failure rate of just 8.04 percent of vehicles aged between three and nine years old.

“The exceptional build-quality and long-term reliability of Mazda vehicles is something we have been proud of for quite some time,” said Jim O’Sullivan, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. “The findings of this recent report reinforce what we’ve believed all along – that Mazda reliability is not just very good, it’s the best. These results are proof that Mazda builds stylish and exciting vehicles without sacrificing quality or reliability.”

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mazda North American Operations oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario, Canada, and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.


Manufacturer - Incidence Rate %

  • Mazda 8.04
  • Honda 8.90
  • Toyota 15.78
  • Mitsubishi 17.04
  • Kia 17.39
  • Subaru 18.46
  • Nissan 18.86
  • Lexus 20.05
  • Mini 21.90
  • Citroen 25.98
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  (2) posted on 02.20.2007

An extended warranty company should be an excellent source for reliability data on older cars. (They have no data for newer cars, since repairs on those are covered by factory warranties.)

Problem is, Warranty Direct apparently doesn’t want us to know exactly how reliable various model years are, perhaps because then it would be more obvious whether an extended warranty is worth it.

So they issue these vague results. That don’t appear to account for different model year mixes or different factory warranty lengths. The factory warranties on Mazdas happen to be longer than most, 4/50 vs. 3/36.

I’m developing vehicle reliability research that will yield far better results than anything we have today. Details at, in the reliability section.

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