Mazda

Mazda Motor Corporation, or simply Mazda, is a Japanese carmaker headquartered in Fuchü, Hiroshima, Japan. The name Mazda was associated with the God of Light (Ahura Mazda) but it’s also a derivative from the name of the company’s founder, Jujiro Matsuda. However, the name Mazda was formally adopted in 1984, as the company began its activity as Toyo Cork Kogyo in January 1920.

A paramount milestone for Mazda was the development of the Wankel rotary engine which the company saw as a means of differentiating itself from what the other Japanese carmakers were doing at the time. We are in the sixties, and Mazda is gearing up to launch the limited-edition Cosmo Sport (1967). From here on, Mazda’s piston-powered and rotary-powered cars started to reach other parts of the world as well - the RX-2, RX-3, and RX-4 were a lighter alternative to the V-6 or V-8-powered competitors and spearheaded that expansion. In 1970, Mazda officially set foot on US soil, then from 1974 until 2015 it entered a partnership with Ford, which had a 33.4 percent ownership in Mazda. That affair ended in 2015, when Mazda entered a long-term collaboration with Toyota.

view grid view horizontal compact blog view
2022 Mazda CX-5

2022 Mazda CX-5

Mazda’s best-selling mid-size SUV just got a few design tweaks and updates

Mazda North American has announced that the 2022 CX-5, it’s best-selling SUV – is finally getting some much-needed updates. The most important change is the addition of AWD as standard equipment across the lineup. However, it should also be noted that there are a few exterior design tweaks as well. But can it stand firm against the slightly lower-priced Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson?

Read more
That Time When Mazda Teased Us With Modern Version Of The 1967 Cosmo But Didn't Make It

That Time When Mazda Teased Us With Modern Version Of The 1967 Cosmo But Didn’t Make It

This retro-inspired Cosmo 21 is a rotary-powered Roadster based on the Mazda Miata NB

The idea of a new car that looks like a classic is not a new one, as many carmakers and design studios have been romanticizing it for a long time. However, it became most obvious around the early 2000s, with cars like the muscle car trio – the Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, and cars like the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500, only to name a few. That said, while many of these concepts went into production, others did not. Such is the case with the 2002 Mazda Cosmo 21, which took the Miata NB and turned it into a faithful representation of the first Mazda to use a Wankel (rotary) engine.

Read more
Here's a List Of Nine Non-Exotic Rare Cars That Hide In Plain Sight

Here’s a List Of Nine Non-Exotic Rare Cars That Hide In Plain Sight

These vehicles aren’t exotic like the Ferraris and Lamborghinis, but some of them are beyond rare

When you talk about rare cars, you probably think of high-end Bugattis, Ferraris, Porsches, etc. No one would think of a regular production car to be a rare one, unless it is a vintage. But, surprisingly, many cars are actually quite rare and get lost in the crowd without getting noticed. Unless you have a keen eye or you’re a diehard petrol head, you too may not have noticed them. Doug DeMuro lists nine such rare cars that you might have walked or driven by without giving it a second look.

Read more
The 2022 MX30 is Mazda's First EV, But it Only Packs 124 Miles of Range

The 2022 MX30 is Mazda’s First EV, But it Only Packs 124 Miles of Range

In typical Mazda fashion, though, the company is offering a strange proposition for anyone suffering from range anxiety

Mazda’s North American division is looking for a means to entice buyers to purchase their very first all-electric car, the MX-30 crossover. It also contains an unusual proposition for potential customers. The MX-30, which goes on sale in California in October, is far pricier than you’d imagine, considering the range and rather modest size of this EV Crossover’s battery pack.

Read more
These Patent Filings Indicate That A New Mazda Sports Car Is In The Reckoning

These Patent Filings Indicate That A New Mazda Sports Car Is In The Reckoning

Mazda is definitely working on a future sports car; can this be the new RX-7 successor?

The topic about an upcoming flagship sports car from Mazda dates back to 2015, with the introduction of the Mazda RX-Vision Concept. However, the prototype served only to showcase Mazda’s KODO design, now present on all Mazda models. But after countless delays, mostly related to the refinement of the rotary engine, it seems we may finally be getting a new flagship sports car from Mazda. According to Jalopnik, Mazda has recently filed 14 patents, all of which related to the structure of the car.

Read more
A New Mazda Trademark Makes Us Question The Future

A New Mazda Trademark Makes Us Question The Future

Mazda’s new R logo could mean nothing, or it could mean the RX brand is coming back!

Mazda kind of threw us for a loop back in May of 2021. There was word that the next-gen Mazda 6 will ride on an AWD platform and feature a new, powerful straight-six engine. It wasn’t long before Mazda confirmed that the Mazda 6 was officially being discontinued in the United States with no word about that mythical next-gen Mazda 6 in sight. Now, surprisingly enough, Mazda has filed a new trademark for an all-new stylized R logo that could be hinting at something big.

Read more
The 2023 Mazda CX-5 Could Make Life Very Hard for the BMW X3

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 Could Make Life Very Hard for the BMW X3

Mazda might be taking on the BMW X3 as the 2023 CX-5 brings potent inline-six Engines and rear-wheel-drive to the Table

Not long ago, we shared details on how Mazda plans to reinvent itself. Now it appears that the brand’s best-selling model - the CX-5 - will not only continue to be a part of Mazda’s portfolio but is also about to become a lot more exciting. Mazda has confirmed that the upcoming CX-5 will “ride” on their new rear-wheel-drive architecture. Of course, you’ll still be able to get it with all-wheel-drive, but the new platform promises a lot more flexibility and sportiness. But that’s not all that’s new for the next generation CX-5.

Read more
This Widebody RX-7 Rendering Will Give You Those Retrotastic 90s Vibes You've Been Missing

This Widebody RX-7 Rendering Will Give You Those Retrotastic 90s Vibes You’ve Been Missing

This Mazda RX-7 rendering takes the best from Fast & Furious and Need for Speed

Tuning culture has evolved, just as much as the automotive world itself. Although some trends are more controversial than others, we can safely say that tuning culture as we know it boomed in the 1990s and early 2000s. Cars like this Mazda FD RX-7 are pretty much synonymous with tuning culture and, although we’ve moved from that 1990s vibe, this rendering of a tastefully modified “Rotary Rocket” brings back warm feelings from times past when there were not as many regulations, and the notion of electric propulsion was a distant mirage.

Read more
The Mazda MX-5 Miata Will Live On Though Electrification

The Mazda MX-5 Miata Will Live On Though Electrification

Mazda plans to keep the MX-5 around via electrification, but to what extent and how the car will change is still a big mystery

We have good news and, potentially, bad news. The good news is that the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which last went through a generational shift for the 2015 model year, will stick around for at least one more generation and, probably, into the 2030s. The bad news is that it might not be quite as light weight or affordable as before because it will only live on through means of electrification.

Read more
2022 Will Stir the Winds of Change as Mazda Begins to Reinvent Itself

2022 Will Stir the Winds of Change as Mazda Begins to Reinvent Itself

Mazda has a lot of plans for the next decade, and this is what you need to know.

Despite churning out some pretty decent products, Mazda has been a bit of a dark horse lately. We haven’t heard for some time from the Japanese automaker, which hints at something being cooked. And indeed, Mazda has made a big announcement for 2022. The brand has already taken steps towards becoming more upscale than before and, right now, they have a complete lineup of good-looking and upscale models, powered by a variety of efficient and potent powertrains. Now, it’s preparing to a new strategy leading up to 2030.

Read more
Mazda Sets Its Sights On The Future, And The Next-Gen Mazda 6 Is The First Big Step

Mazda Sets Its Sights On The Future, And The Next-Gen Mazda 6 Is The First Big Step

It looks like the next-gen Mazda 6 could give BMW and Mercedes a run for their money

Mazda sits in a segment I like to call affordable luxury – they are fun to drive, fairly nice on the inside, very comfortable, and they have a sporty edge to them. This has become even more true as Mazda has starting improving both quality and its design language. However, with the hype leading up to the introduction of the Mazda 3 Turbo, we’ve sort of forgotten about the rest of the lineup. Today, I want to talk to you about the next-gen Mazda 6 and how it’s going to push Mazda into a new world of performance, luxury, and design.

Read more
It's Amazing What You'll Find In The Peterson Museum Alone At Night

It’s Amazing What You’ll Find In The Peterson Museum Alone At Night

The Peterson Automotive Museum hides some prertty epic stuff in "The Vault", among which a rare pre-production Mazda RX-7

The Hoonigans YouTube channel is the place to go if you are looking to see some of the most interesting and madly-modified vehicles, as well as some truly crazy stunts. This video is a bit different, however, as it takes us into the Peterson Automotive Museum. The place is home to well over 100 cars and some of the most unique ones are held in “The Vault”. These include some of the first vehicles ever made, movie cars, “001” chassis cars (the first of their kind), as well as some awesome concept cars.

Read more

Latest Daily Car Videos:

This Mazda RX-7 Detailing Video Is The Definition of Tender Love And Care

This Mazda RX-7 Detailing Video Is The Definition of Tender Love And Care

This in-depth detailing video of a Mazda RX-7 is a car guy’s wet dream

Auto Finesse has been in the business of detailing cars since 1999 and their YouTube videos have always given us a detailed glimpse of how they go about each project they tackle. Having their own brand of quality products, what better way to test their effectiveness than to see them applied on some of our favorite cars? In this case, the detailing academy is “turning back the hands of time” on this stunning Mazda RX-7 FD.

Read more

What is the Cheapest Mazda?

The cheapest Mazda in Europe is the Mazda2. In Germany, the supermini starts at €13,390, but if we are to look at the US market, then the cheapest Mazda you can get is the Mazda CX-3. The crossover wears a starting sticker of $20,390.

What is the Sportiest Mazda?

The sportiest Mazda is undoubtedly the MX-5 Miata, a car that also happens to be the world’s most popular sports car. The MX-5 has made a name for itself thanks to its compact size and lightweight build. The MX-5 is cherished by car enthusiasts for its crisp handling and fun-to-drive factor that prove you don’t need a bucketload of horsepower to enjoy a good road. In the US, the Miata uses a 2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine good for 181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 151 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.

What is the Most Popular Mazda?

The most popular Mazda - if we are to look at sales figures - is the CX-5. Mazda’s largest market is North America and this is where the CX-5 rules supreme. The CX-5 is by a landslide the best-selling Mazda in the US - in July 2019, the CX-5 pushed 13,391 units. To look at the bigger pictures, Mazda sold 87,778 CX-5 units in the first half of 2019. The CX-5 is followed by the Mazda 3, with 32,174 units sold in the first six months of 2019. However, you might argue that the most popular Mazda is the MX-5 Miata, because it’s the brand’s most thrill-inducing car, but sales figures don’t do much to support that.

What is the Most Expensive Mazda?

The most expensive Mazda in the US is the MX-5 Miata RF ($32,343), but it is followed closely by the CX-9 SUV ($32,280). In Germany, the most expensive Mazda money can buy is the Mazda 6 (€28,590).

What is the Fastest Mazda?

The fastest Mazda is, or better said, was, the RX-7 Spirit R. It could reach 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in just five seconds and had a (theoretical) top speed of 159 mph (255 km/h). Another candidate would have been the Furai concept, which could hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and continue to a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h), but it caught fire and burned to a crips during a Top Gear test drive. From the current lineup, the fastest and quickest Mazda is the MX-5 Miata. The sports car can reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds and attain a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h).

Are Mazda Cars Reliable?

Yes, Mazda cars are reliable. In fact, in a dependability poll carried out by The Telegraph, Mazda came 11th with 111 problems per 100 vehicles. Moreover, CNN named Mazda the 4th most reliable car brand you could buy in 2015, while Reliability Index places Mazda on the 6th position, above the likes of Nissan and Lexus.