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.

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2023 Mazda CX-50 Review: Truly Rugged But Not Meant for Serious Off-Roading

2023 Mazda CX-50 Review: Truly Rugged But Not Meant for Serious Off-Roading

How Much Farther Can it Go?

With the Zoom-Zoom days a distant memory, what exactly is Mazda these days? They currently offer a low-volume roadster, a multi-flavored compact car, and 4 crossover SUVs, one of which is an EV limited to the California market. And of all of them, only one sells in any appreciable numbers: the CX-5. So, introducing the all-new 2023 CX-50 is a smart move; advancing their most popular utility’s capabilities while capitalizing on the off-road craze. This is Mazda’s attempt at getting more rugged, tiptoeing into muddier waters.

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Mazda Should Definitely Build This CX-60 Sports Coupe

Mazda Should Definitely Build This CX-60 Sports Coupe

All we can say is: Mazda please!

Regardless of whether or not you say 30, the 50, or the 60, when we hear the words "Mazda CX" we automatically think about a crossover/SUV. In fact, "C" stands for crossover concept and "X" means sports car. In the near future, the CX lineup will see the addition of three new models: 70, 80, and 90 - all planned to go on sale in 2023.

But what if Mazda will use the CX-60 nomenclature for a new, two-door sports coupe? Instagramer Andras.veres imagined such a car and he even offers an explanation for the name we opted for.

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2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Performance, Price, and Photos

2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Performance, Price, and Photos

Unbeatable driving dynamics at a value for the quality level is what gave the Miata its lofty status. Can the king of affordable sports cars retain the crown?

They say the answer is always Miata. For the 2022 model year, that statement still holds its weight. For over 30 years, Mazda has been refining the Miata. Now the MX-5 has become Mazda’s brand icon. A true representation of the enjoyment of driving.

There has never been more value in the blueprint for the affordable sports car than now. Why? The lack of competition. There are no other cars in its category at its price that offer a convertible top. Its closest competition, the Toyota GT86, offers a similar package, but no convertible. Yet, the 2022 MX-5 Miata shows its strength with clean styling, immersive character, and fantastic MPG.

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2023 2023 Mazda CX-50 - Performance, Prices, and Photos

2023 2023 Mazda CX-50 - Performance, Prices, and Photos

The CX-5’s rugged off-road cousin, is designed from the ground up to take on the great American outdoors

Tough-looking crossovers are spreading at an alarming rate across the auto industry, but it’s especially noticeable in popular segments like small SUVs. This is the 2023 Mazda CX-50 an all-new compact SUV. But you may wonder, what’s the point of yet another Mazda crossover when you’ve already got the Mazda CX-5. Well, Mazda is attempting to create a Subaru Outback competitor by targeting off-road adventurers with the CX-50, but doing so may render the CX-5 obsolete.

The automaker, however, has now taken the perplexing decision to pitch the two crossovers, which are comparable in size and price, as contemporaries. Now, it’s difficult to imagine that this slightly larger, tougher-looking CX-50 won’t eat into sales. Also, unlike the CX-5, which needs to work in several markets around the world, the CX-50 doesn’t, as it is designed specifically for the North American market. In other words, the CX-50 is designed for weekend excursions, whilst the CX-5 should take care of the role of a humble commuter.

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10 Most Noteworthy Features of the Mazda CX-50

10 Most Noteworthy Features of the Mazda CX-50

The CX-50 could be the secret ingredient that makes Mazda a force to reckon with

Mazda has been on a revamping spree lately, with a lot of changes happening within the organization. This has to do with its missions, visions, and how it is trying to position itself in the market. Some of these might seem a little weird from the financial and future standpoint, like moving a step up and targeting premium brands, or launching a new inline-six, rear-wheel-drive platform, or refusing to give up on the MX-5’s recipe even if that means going against the regulations in place. But, it has also been making some bold calls that will surely draw volumes for the brand, like the introduction of the CX-50.

The CX-50 was rumored to be the CX-5’s replacement, but Mazda plans on retaining them both in its portfolio for the time being. You can argue that the CX-50’s sales will cannibalize the CX-5’s, but what’s the harm if the customer is staying in the same showroom, right? Mazda has big plans for the CX-50, including sales figures that top 150,000 examples every year in the U.S. The SUV will also be fully electrified in the future. That said, is the CX-50 a real threat to the other players in the segment? Well, it sure is, and here are 10 noteworthy features that make the CX-50 a strong contender in the overcrowded segment.

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The Best Cars Under $35,000

The Best Cars Under $35,000

Here’s a list of the 10 best cars that you can buy for under $35,000

If you are in the market for a new car, there are plenty of options available today. The price bracket doesn’t matter, because you have multiple offerings right from $20,000 to one million dollars, and even beyond that. The only difference is that the options are a lot more when you’re in the mass market segment, especially under $35,000. There’s no denying that the higher the choices, the more it can confuse a person. So, to help sort things for you to a certain extent, we’ve come up with a list of the 10 best cars under $35,000 that you can buy in 2022, and it includes vehicles ranging from crossovers to sedans to SUVs, and even cars from premium marques.

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2023 Mazda CX-60 Performance, Price, and Photos

2023 Mazda CX-60 Performance, Price, and Photos

Mazda’s most important model in a decade is also its most powerful vehicle yet

This is the 2023 Mazda CX-60, the Japanese automaker’s most important vehicle in a decade. Why? Well, it builds on the immensely popular CX-5, and now for the very first time, Mazda has produced a plug-in hybrid with the CX-60. Believe it or not, the combined power output from the PHEV system makes this humble crossover, the most powerful Mazda in history.

While it won’t be coming to the United States, the CX-60 debuts the brand’s intent to take on the mid-size luxury SUV segment in other markets. It does however give us a good idea of what to expect from the upcoming CX-70, heading our way. This crop of upcoming Mazda SUVs should serve as an alternative to premium German rivals, that currently dominate this space.

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This Mazda RX-3 Widebody Concept is JDM Restomoding Done Right

This Mazda RX-3 Widebody Concept is JDM Restomoding Done Right

This widebody Mazda RX-3 proves that future Need for Speed games need to have more JDM classics

When it comes to car enthusiasts and creative content, the sky is the limit. One great example is this wide-body Mazda RX-3, created by graphic designer and CGI artist, Andrey Bayduzhiy. JDM culture is still at an all-time high and with prices for legendary 1990s JDM sports cars already being absurd, this is a great opportunity to showcase what can be done with a classic Japanese sports car from over 50 years ago.

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Mazda Abandons Its Vision In the Name of Profits

Mazda Abandons Its Vision In the Name of Profits

All the cool concepts of the past, including the Vision Coupe Concept, will remain in the past as Mazda shifts priorities

Mazda’s potential future has been in a tug-of-war battle between rumors, consumer desires, and profitability. Over the last year or so, Mazda has confirmed that it has some very bold plans for the future, and there was even word that the next-gen Mazda 6 would make use of the brand’s new six-cylinder engine and RWD platform. Sadly, Mazda shot down any hope of a RWD Mazda 6 happening anytime soon back in March 2022, but the good news is that it won’t give up on the recipe that makes the MX-5 Miata so amazing. Now, however, it looks like any fun associated with the Mazda brand outside of the MX-5 could be left in the past.

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Battle Of Budget Family Sedans: Nissan Altima vs Mazda 3

Battle Of Budget Family Sedans: Nissan Altima vs Mazda 3

How do two family sedans, not known for their performance whatsoever, fare against each other?

While it is fun to see sports cars and supercars drag race, there’s something about watching family sedans doing things that they aren’t meant to. They’re perhaps even more exciting because these are the cars we see on the roads a lot more frequently. ‘Sam CarLegion’ generally stages races between mass-market cars, and this time, he’s brought two family sedans with Japanese routes to face each other – the Nissan Altima and the Mazda 3. Which car do you think will win?

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The Rise and Fall of the Rotary Engine

The Rise and Fall of the Rotary Engine

A deep dive into the history and future of Rotary power

In 1954, a German Engineer called Felix Wankel developed what he thought was going to be the next revolution in internal combustion technology. The biggest gripe that Wankel had with the existing engine technology was the harshness and vibrations that transferred through to the cabin. He decided to bypass this problem by creating an engine that had just two moving parts, making it a lot smaller than a conventional combustion engine, all while achieving the refinement levels that he desired.

Unfortunately for him, his invention was still crude and it was Hanns Dieter Paschke, an engineer from NSU who extensively reworked it to make it suitable for road use and mass production. His improved engine design was officially called the "KKM 57P" and this became the blueprint for all Rotary-powered vehicles.

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Mazda Refuses to Give Up on the MX-5's Unique Recipe, Regulations be Damned

Mazda Refuses to Give Up on the MX-5’s Unique Recipe, Regulations be Damned

Mazda won’t give up on the MX-5 Miata, but it won’t be replacing the current model for at least a few years

Mazda has positioned itself in the opposite corner of other automakers. While the rest of the world is embracing electrification, we have Mazda aiming to go upmarket and launching a brand-new inline-six, RWD platform in the CX-60 crossover. Unfortunately the brand has had to ditch its plans for a new RWD Mazda 6, though it has been working on electrification to an extent with models like the MX-30, for example. All of this has led us to wonder what will happen to the Mazda MX-5, whose compact nature isn’t exactly the most compatible with full electrification. So, what’s the case, then? Well as it turns out, Mazda isn’t going to abandon the MX-5 at all, and it’s not planning to change the recipe, either.

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Something Else Just Died with the RWD Mazda6

Something Else Just Died with the RWD Mazda6

It looks like Mazda doesn’t see a business case in bringing back Mazdaspeed, but it might not be a big deal

Mazda has a whole lot going on with the Rotary engine making a comeback and the bold plans to move the Mazda brand even further upmarket, which was kicked off with the launch of the all-new CX-60. With the CX-60 being Mazda’s most powerful vehicle ever and plans to launch a new RWD Mazda 6 powered by the brand’s new inline-six, it seemed as if Mazda was all set to take on both the premium and performance segment. Factor in Mazda’s already sporty handling, all-new powerful engine, and RWD, and it’s hard not to scream Mazdaspeed. But, as it turns out, the RWD Mazda6 isn’t going happen and Mazda isn’t looking to re-launch a full-blown performance division.

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The RWD Mazda 6 Has Been Put On Ice Indefinitely

The RWD Mazda 6 Has Been Put On Ice Indefinitely

It’s a sad day for Mazda fans, but it’s all because of SUVs

Mazda has primed the next 10 years for a lot of excitement. Earlier in 2022, we found out that Mazda was bringing the rotary engine back and then we learned that the company is looking to take its business to the next level with some very bold plans. Aspirations to introduce a new and powerful inline-six engine, coupled with a few EVs, new crossovers, and a focus on luxury echo the brand’s desire to move a bit upmarket. One prime example was the plan to introduce a new RWD Mazda 6 with that very same inline-six engine. It was expected to be the brand’s first big step into the future, but it seems that step is no longer going to happen as a Mazda executive just squashed all hopes of the RWD Mazda6 and a two-door coupe of the same nomenclature.

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The 2023 Mazda CX-60 Is The Japanese Brand's Most Powerful Road Car Ever

The 2023 Mazda CX-60 Is The Japanese Brand’s Most Powerful Road Car Ever

The CX-60 also debuts plug-in hybrid tech for the first time and aims to take luxury brands head-on

This is the new Mazda CX-60. While it might look like just another crossover, it is a significant model for the Japanese brand. It is the first-ever Mazda to feature plug-in hybrid technology and the combined output will make it the most powerful Mazda road car ever.

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A Chinese-Tuner Turned The Mazda 6 Into a Rear-Wheel-Drive V-8 Sleeper!

A Chinese-Tuner Turned The Mazda 6 Into a Rear-Wheel-Drive V-8 Sleeper!

Is this the Mazda Speed6 we never got? They shoved a Lexus V-8 into this one and converted it to rear-wheel drive

The current Mazda 6 is an all-around great sporty sedan, but some enthusiasts (myself included) never got around to the fact that it never got a proper performance version. Sure, the Mazda 6 Turbo is pretty quick, but it’s not a MazdaSpeed6.

While the next generation of Mazda’s flagship sedan will feature a potent inline-six engine and rear-wheel drive, a Chinese tuner that goes by OMAS already beat Mazda to it and built, probably, the most bonkers Mazda6 you’ll ever see.

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Bold Plans Inbound As Mazda Aims For the Big Boys

Bold Plans Inbound As Mazda Aims For the Big Boys

Mazda wants to move further into the premium category and redefine itself as the epitome of Japanese Luxury

Mazda cars have a reputation for being agile and fun to drive, while at the same time, being reasonably affordable. Outside of offering decent performance and a pleasing driving experience, interior quality is good too – in terms of fit and finish as well as overall build quality. Their precision, handling, and chassis dynamic give them an edge over other Japanese and even American competitors. You could even call them the Mercedes or Audi of mainstream affordable automakers. But, that’s where Mazda’s reign comes to an end. But all of that will soon change as Mazda plans to push itself into a more premium segment. Does that mean it’ll take on the big German trio? Not directly, at least not at first, but it’s certainly gunning to put itself well above the likes of Lexus, Acura, and Genesis.

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The 2023 Mazda CX-50 Priced As a Luxury SUV - Is It Worth It?

The 2023 Mazda CX-50 Priced As a Luxury SUV - Is It Worth It?

Mazda CX-50 is a stylish, luxury SUV that sits between the affordable and the premium in terms of pricing

By now, it is obvious Mazda has decided to reinvent itself. Its recent models spoil us with a sporty yet elegant design, but more importantly, the whole lineup is moving towards a more upscale segment. But, a more upscale lineup commands a more premium pricing, and we already know the prices for the 2023 Mazda CX-50.

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This Is The Best View Of The 2022 Mazda CX-60 Prototype That We've Gotten So Far

This Is The Best View Of The 2022 Mazda CX-60 Prototype That We’ve Gotten So Far

Just three weeks ahead of its official debut, the Mazda CX-60 has been spotted testing in Germany with lesser clothes on

Mazda already confirmed that the CX-60 will make its official debut on March 8, 2022. With less than a month before its arrival, a prototype with very little camouflage was caught testing on the streets of Germany.

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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.