Price Range (MSRP): $16,945 (Mazda3) to $29,985 (CX-9)
Mazda’s driver-friendly lineup of cars and crossovers is back for 2015.
Mazda gave both the Mazda3 and Mazda6 full redesigns for the 2014 model year, with both getting brand-new exterior styling based on Mazda’s “Kodo” design language. The old smiling front fascias are out; the new look is mean and angular, a big improvement on the previous styling of the two cars.
The Mazda3, offered as a sedan or five-door hatchback, also got improved fuel economy as a part of its redesign. The interior was revamped with improved materials and now features an optional 7-inch touchscreen, mounted high above the center dash that controls the audio, navigation, and telematics functions.
The Mazda6 midsize sedan was also completely redesigned inside and out last year, with a particularly sharp exterior that is handsome and modern. It offers up to 38 mpg highway and increased passenger space.
If you need to fit more people, Mazda offers the Mazda5 minivan. The Mazda5 really puts the “mini” back in minivan; it’s substantially smaller than the other minivans you’ll see on the market and seats up to six passengers in three-rows.
Remaining one of the best performance bargains on the road today, the Miata MX-5 convertible, available as either a soft-top or hardtop, offers rear-wheel drive hijinks and some of the best handling around. Next year, the 2016 Miata will debut with a brand-new design inside and out, and a new engine as well.
The CX-5 is the driver’s choice among compact crossovers, and with its SkyActiv engine/transmission is also one of the most efficient. It also wears the new Mazda design language that is seen in the Mazda3 and Mazda6.
There is also a larger crossover available from Mazda, the CX-9. The CX-9 pushes seating capacity up to seven across three-rows of seats and adds features like standard three-zone automatic climate control. All-wheel drive is optional and the CX-9 comes with a standard V-6 engine for extra power.
The Mazda2 is taking a year off; its redesigned replacement will arrive in 2016. The Mazdaspeed3 has been discontinued for 2015 and Mazda has not announced a follow-up Mazdaspeed model in its stead.