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Founded in Japan in 1920, Mazda’s stated brand essence is simply “Celebrate Driving.” It’s not just about the mechanics behind excellent driving performance, but the emotions of the driver that are considered. It’s the joy and excitement that comes with driving a Mazda that is crucial to the philosophy behind the brand.
Every one of the professional mechanics here at Independent Motors understands the joy of driving a great car, and we’ve worked on — and driven — Mazdas for decades. Anybody remember the Cosmo?
These days, we of course maintain and fix more current models than classic, from sports cars and hatchbacks and sedans to wagons and SUVs, as well as vans and pickup trucks, including the Mazda Scrum, the Mazda Flair, the Mazda3, the Mazda5, the Mazda6, the Mazda8, the Mazda RX-8, the Mazda CX-5, the Mazda CX-7, the Mazda CX-9, and the Mazda BT-50.
Historically a popular car with drivers, Mazda does well on consumer tests, too. In fact, several of Mazda’s 2015 models made the top 10 in several categories in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Cars list, the best of which are highlighted below:
Mazda CX-5 Compact SUV
The 2015 Mazda CX-5 came in second out of 24 affordable compact SUVs, with its best features being its sporty handling, fuel economy and clean cabin design, including the use of upscale materials. Both Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book call the CX-5 fun to drive, and Auto Trader notes that “the CX-5 is also one of the few crossovers that still offers the option of a manual transmission.”
Mazda CX-9 Large SUV
The “athletic handling” and “quick acceleration” were cited as positives in the 2015 Mazda CX-9 review at U.S. News & World Report, which rated the vehicle ninth in its Affordable Large SUVs category and winner of the 2015 Best Large SUV for the Money. Edmunds says the CX-9 is one of their favorites, and Left Lane News agrees, writing that “along with engaging dynamics, it offers plentiful cargo space and a versatile, well-designed cabin.”
Reviewers praise the 2015 Mazda3’s “terrific handling, high-quality interior and strong engine options,” ranking it second in U.S. News & World Report’s Affordable Small Cars category. An excerpt from a Popular Mechanics review reads: “It’s a solid bet to say the Mazda3 is the best compact on the market. In a segment that long ago shed its reputation for being entirely stodgy or boring (a change for which Mazda can claim some credit, thanks to the original 3), the new Mazda3 stands out as the most stylish and the most fun to drive.”
Mazda MX-5 Miata Sports Car
The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata got high marks in the Affordable Sports Cars and Affordable Convertibles categories, ranking third and second place, respectively. The four-cylinder engine car offers good acceleration and the manual transmission’s light clutch and precise shifter are highlighted as excellent. The responsive Miata, writes U.S. News & World Report, “offers an overall sense of being connected to the car (and planted to the road) that few other sports cars can replicate.”