Mazda Is Once Again the US News Best Car Brand
U.S. News & World Report has announced its 2019 Best Vehicle Brand Awards, and unsurprisingly, it has announced that Mazda is the Best Car Brand. Mazda won that award last year. And the year before that. And the year before that.
In particular, the U.S. News editors appreciated the Mazda passenger car lineup for its driving experience, intuitive technology, and refined interiors, all for an affordable price. Its highest praise, though, went to the Mazda3.
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The Mazda3, editors said, “is one of the few cars on the market that offers the comfort and fuel efficiency buyers want in a commuter car, as well as the sporty dynamics that make it an excellent partner for spirited Sunday drives.” They then declared that the Mazda3 sported a more upscale cabin than most other compact cars, despite its mainstream price tag. In particular, they enjoyed the Mazda Connect infotainment system, calling the car’s technology “seamless.” Finally, they lauded the Mazda3’s hatchback body option for its large cargo space.
Kudos for the Mazda6 was more limited. U.S. News editors praised the Mazda6 for the elements it shares with the Mazda3, including fuel economy, good driving dynamics, and swanky technology, though with the addition of more space and a larger trunk. Plus, they added, the Mazda6 gets excellent crash test ratings.
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Finally, the editors heaped praise on the Miata. They called it the best-selling sports car of all time, “and with good reason.” In addition to its considerable sports car driving credentials, the editors praised the MX-5 for its fuel economy (ticking up to 35 mpg on the highway) and advanced safety features.
This recognition for passenger car excellence comes at a bit of a crisis time for sedans. Other big automakers like Ford and now GM are severely cutting down their car fleets as crossover sales numbers fly upward. However, Mazda appears to be fighting that trend, releasing a Signature trim for the Mazda6 last year, and teasing the start of a whole new generation of Mazda vehicle with the debut of a new Mazda3.
News Source: U.S. News & World Report