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. This lively notion of Mazda building "driver's cars" is enhanced in the used-car market by the strength of the company's Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle program.
As a sponsor of racetracks and a race series based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the brand's strong ties to motorsports don't come as a huge shock. Mazda's success has been built on the reputation of high-revving rotary-engined sports cars like the Mazda RX-7 and subsequent Mazda RX-8, as well as vehicles like the MX-5 Miata, the Mazda3 (a spirited alternative to the Toyota Corolla), and the Mazda6 (competition for the Honda Accord and Kia Optima). For even harder-core enthusiasts, Mazda's in-house performance division -- Mazdaspeed -- created the turbocharged Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata, Mazdaspeed3 and Mazdaspeed6, each widely viewed as a performance bargain.
That performance spirit lives in every vehicle in the Mazda lineup. The Mazda5 minivan offers fun and three rows, and the Mazda CX-7 and Mazda CX-9 crossover SUVs deliver a fair bit of driving enjoyment packaged with utility and style.