For amateur weekend racers, there may be no name more familiar than Mazda. From autocross sessions to folks intent on ringing out their daily drivers on a curvy mountain road, there's guaranteed to be a Mazda involved. As a sponsor of tracks and a series based on the Mazda Miata (also known as the Mazda MX-5 Miata), the brand's strong ties to racing don't come as a huge shock. That performance DNA has been spread to vehicles across the Mazda lineup, and not just the Mazda Miata. The Mazda3 and Mazda6 are sportier alternatives to mainstream sedans like the Honda Civic and Toyota Camry, and even the CX-5 compact SUV is fun to drive.