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Updated: 13 Jan 2022

Should I buy a Mazda?

Read our overview of Mazda cars – from the iconic MX-5 roadster to the more practical Mazda 2, 3 and CX-5 – to decide whether a Mazda's right for you
Oliver Trebilcock

Mazda's famous advertising slogan 'Zoom-Zoom' sums up the brand's emphasis on fun, sporty driving. 

It's taken one of its most iconic and highly regarded models – the MX-5 sports car – and used it as a template to spread a little fun to the rest of its range. The fact that it mostly sells hatchbacks such as the 2 and 3 doesn't impact on that message.

In the past, Mazda has enjoyed close ties with Ford through sharing many platforms and components, but Mazda has increasingly taken its own unique engineering direction.

While rivals have embraced hybrid and electric power, Mazda persists with conventional petrol and diesel engines that are designed to be as efficient as possible thanks to ‘SkyActiv’ eco technology. 

This technology allows Mazda to bring its petrol engines closer in efficiency to diesel ones by reducing the need for spark plugs in its petrol engines. Petrol engines produce less nitrogen oxide emissions than diesel ones, so Mazda could continue with them for longer.

In the mood for a Mazda? Read on to see all our Mazda car reviews.

Mazda 6

Mazda 6 2013 slide

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5 2015 slide

How reliable are Mazda cars?

Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Mazda owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to four years old, and also used cars aged between five and nine years old, and old cars aged 10-15 years. 

To see how reliable Mazda cars are, head over to our most reliable car brands page.

How much do Mazda cars cost?

The entry-level model in Mazda’s range is the Mazda 2, priced from around £13,000. The larger Mazda 3 hatchback starts at around £18,000 – slightly less than mainstream rivals such as the Ford Focus and VW Golf.

Mazda’s SUV range starts with the Mazda CX-3 at around £18,000, with the larger Mazda CX-5 priced from around £24,000. Meanwhile, the Mazda MX-5 is comfortably the cheapest sports car on the market, priced from well under £20,000.

Mazda’s pricing strategy means it can often offer competitive PCP and finance deals.

Choosing the best Mazda car

Mazda’s range consists mostly of family-friendly, practical models such as the 3 in hatchback and Mazda 3 in 'fastback’ (saloon) body styles, plus the CX-5 SUV crossover 4x4. There’s also the larger Mazda 6 hatchback and Mazda 6 estate.

It also offers more compact models that retain plenty of practicality, such as the Mazda 2 hatchback and CX-3 compact SUV. All are designed to offer driver enjoyment, using a little sprinkling of magic from its famous MX-5 – the world’s bestselling two-seater sports car.

Now you know more about Mazda, check out our Mazda car reviews.