Mazda

Mazda made its first vehicle in 1931 and has since gone on to become of the world's best recognized automotive brands with the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-9, MX-5 & BT50. The company officially changes its name to Mazda in 1984 and is best known for its work in the development of the Wankel rotary engine. This helped the company find a unique selling point amongst other Japanese manufacturers. Mazda sells eight different models in Australia and is the fifth best selling manufacturer. The company has found success in recent years thanks to its modern & attractive design DNA as well as its emphasis on quality and innovative engineering.
Mazda 3 Review : LT1
  • Superb automatic gearbox gets the best out 2.0-litre; light and fluent steering; excellent connectivity and intuitive ergonomics; comfy front seats and nice ride on chubby tyres
  • Engine can be coarse at high revs; engine downmarket in places and lacks some storage; boot small for the class

OUR RATING
8 / 10

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Mazda 3 Review : LT1

Dan moves from a niche premium hatchback long-termer to three months in the most popular privately purchased car in Australia...

Recent Mazda News & Reviews
Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Review

It's one last spin for the third-generation Mixxer as Mazda celebrates 25 years since the compact roadster's inception

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$48,380

Sporty small hatch comparison : Mazda 3 v Ford Focus v Holden Cruze v Hyundai i30 v Nissan Pulsar
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Sporty small hatch comparison : Mazda 3 v Ford Focus v Holden Cruze v Hyundai i30 v Nissan Pulsar

Almost anyone can throw on a pair of gym shorts and runners and look reasonably sporting in the checkout line at Coles, and the same is true with cars – the addition of alloy wheels, a spoiler and foglights can suddenly make your small hatchback look at least a bit athletic. As ever, though, it's the muscles beneath the clothes that counts...


Mazda 6 recalled: Stop-start problems for 2.5-litre petrol models
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Mazda 6 recalled: Stop-start problems for 2.5-litre petrol models

Nearly 1300 Mazda 6 models fitted with a 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder engine have been recalled due to an issue with the stop-start system. The recall effects Mazda 6 sedan and wagon models sold between 21 November 2013 and 2 October 2014. Mazda Australia has confirmed that 1298 vehicles will need to be returned to dealerships as a result of the issue...


2014 Mazda MX-5 - first look
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2014 Mazda MX-5 - first look

2014 Paris motor show - Jez gets a closer look at one of the most anticipated cars of the year… the all new Mazda MX5...


Mazda 6 Atenza Diesel Wagon Review
Rating: 810 /10
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Mazda 6 Atenza Diesel Wagon Review

The diesel-powered Mazda 6 Atenza flagship has a premium price, but it goes a long way towards justifying it


2015 Mazda MX-5 : 1.5-litre entry engine confirmed for new-gen roadster
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2015 Mazda MX-5 : 1.5-litre entry engine confirmed for new-gen roadster

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 will arrive in Australia late next year, priced below $40,000, with a Skyactiv-G 1.5-litre non-turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the bonnet. Mazda is yet to release power and torque figures for the engine, but it will redline at 7500rpm, with the tachometer on the model displayed at the 2014 Paris motor show extending to 8000rpm...


Mazda CX-5 Review : One-year Ownership Report
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Mazda CX-5 Review : One-year Ownership Report

Well, that went quick. The Spinks family has hit the first anniversary of buying a Mazda CX-5, so it’s a perfect time to reflect on the ownership experience so far. The interior has all the classic signs of a family vehicle – an infant shoe here, a bib there, and the odd raisin to be found under a front seat – but apart from that, our CX-5 is still looking adequately new-ish...

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$36,620

Porsche, Ferrari... Mazda? Japanese company plots range of designer goods
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Porsche, Ferrari... Mazda? Japanese company plots range of designer goods

Mazda is apparently pondering whether to launch a line of ‘designer’ items, potentially including apparel and furniture, as part of a wider strategy to push its brand upmarket. The audacious proposal, laid out by global design chief Ikuo Maeda and supported by Mazda global CEO Masamichi Kogai, would theoretically see the small Japanese marque follow in the tyre marks of upscale brands Porsche and Ferrari...


2015 Mazda MX-5 Engines: 1.5 and 2.0-litre likely, will be revealed in Paris next month
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2015 Mazda MX-5 Engines: 1.5 and 2.0-litre likely, will be revealed in Paris next month

Those itching to know officially what engine lies beneath the shapely bonnet of the new 2015 Mazda MX-5 won't have too long to wait, with the full suite of technical information to be revealed at the Paris motor show at the start of October. Mazda this week tore the covers off the fourth-generation MX-5 to much fanfare in three locations simultaneously -- Spain, the US and Japan...


Mazda, Hyundai talk down tightening battle to be Australia's favourite full-line vehicle importer
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Mazda, Hyundai talk down tightening battle to be Australia's favourite full-line vehicle importer

Mazda and Hyundai are locked in a race to take the crown as Australia’s most popular full-line vehicle importer in 2014, though it seems neither Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders nor Hyundai Australia COO John Elsworth are as interested in the battle as those of us who follow the industry figures - or at least they won't admit to as much...


Cheaper new Mazda MX-5 needs to lure back younger buyers, company admits
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Cheaper new Mazda MX-5 needs to lure back younger buyers, company admits

The newly revealed 2015 Mazda MX-5 will trade on its edgier design and sharper sub-$40K pricing to reclaim the youthful audience that has stopped buying the roadster in recent times when it launches in the second half of next year...


2015 Mazda MX-5 styling: Hit or Miss?
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2015 Mazda MX-5 styling: Hit or Miss?

The all-new 2015 Mazda MX-5 is a pivotal model for the Japanese brand, but its styling has caught the world by surprise. With elements such as slim headlights, a gaping air intake and small, rounded tail-lights, the new MX-5 has set chins a-wagging and emails a-flying at the CarAdvice office...


2015 Mazda MX-5 revealed
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2015 Mazda MX-5 revealed

This is it, the fourth-generation ‘ND’ 2015 Mazda MX-5 roadster, a new iteration of the Japanese brand’s modern classic entrusted with carrying the baton held by its record-selling predecessors.  Revealed today with some fanfare in the US, Spain and its home of Japan, the new model is made to return the car to its humble roots, not so much reinventing the wheel as bringing it full-circle...


Mazda 3 Review : XD Astina diesel
Rating: 7.510 /10
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Mazda 3 Review : XD Astina diesel

Mazda installs a grunty twin-turbocharged diesel into its small hatchback. Dan DeGasperi finds sizeable appeal, but also a big pricetag.

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$40,230 to $42,230

Mazda 3 XD Astina : 420Nm diesel launches from $40,230
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Mazda 3 XD Astina : 420Nm diesel launches from $40,230

Mazda Australia has launched a new flagship grade of its small car and most popular model, the Mazda 3 XD Astina, priced from $40,230. That’s for the six-speed manual version of the 2.2-litre twin-turbocharged diesel model that is available in a single range-topping grade and hatchback variant, with a six-speed automatic the only ($2000) option...


Mazda BT-50 and Mazda 6 underperforming, being prepared for sales push
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Mazda BT-50 and Mazda 6 underperforming, being prepared for sales push

Mazda Australia has set an annual sales target of 105,000 units in 2014, with the new-generation Mazda 2 and renewed incentives for the underperforming Mazda BT-50 and Mazda 6 to help drive the increase. To July this year Mazda sales are down 1.4 per cent, with an average monthly sales figure of 8565 translating to a full year total of 102,785...


Mazda considering milestone models to celebrate upcoming anniversaries
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Mazda considering milestone models to celebrate upcoming anniversaries

Mazda is considering launching special new models to coincide with some significant anniversaries for the brand in the coming years. Mazda global sales and marketing general manager Yasushiro Aoyama told CarAdvice at the launch of the new Mazda 2 in Japan last week the largest celebration would be the company’s centenary in 2020...


2015 Mazda 2 sedan spied in Thailand
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2015 Mazda 2 sedan spied in Thailand

The all-new 2015 Mazda 2 sedan has been spotted for the first time in Thailand. Images posted to the Thailand Mazda 2 Club site show what appears to be a production-ready version of the light sedan wrapped in swirly camouflage bearing the telltale design cues of the new-generation Mazda 2 hatch, including its stubby snout, shapely headlights and the same alloy wheels as have been seen in press shots of the hatch...


2015 Mazda 2 Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 Mazda 2 Review

The early signs are good for the all-new Mazda 2, as CarAdvice travels to Japan to sample some pre-production prototypes.


2015 Mazda 2 production to shift from Japan to Thailand
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2015 Mazda 2 production to shift from Japan to Thailand

Production of Australia’s Mazda 2 will relocate from Japan to Thailand for the introduction of the third-generation model in November. Mazda Australia public relations senior manager Steve Maciver confirmed the shift was part of the company’s global strategy to more evenly distribute production across Japan and other countries...


2015 Mazda 2 sacrifices space for style, executives admit
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2015 Mazda 2 sacrifices space for style, executives admit

A key player in the development of the all-new Mazda 2 admits the car’s styling is partly to blame for its interior being smaller than that of the old model. Despite being 160mm longer from nose to tail (4060mm), 20mm taller (1495mm) and riding on an 80mm-longer wheelbase (2570mm), the third-generation city car is actually smaller than its predecessor in a number of key interior dimensions...


Mazda 2 MPS : Baby hot-hatch a chance later in model lifecycle, says sales boss
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Mazda 2 MPS : Baby hot-hatch a chance later in model lifecycle, says sales boss

A Mazda 2 MPS hot-hatch is under consideration and could emerge later in the third-generation city car’s lifecycle, according to the brand’s international sales boss. Mazda Motor Corporation global sales and marketing general manager Yasuhiro Aoyama told CarAdvice a sports variant of the all-new Mazda 2 could be introduced down the track to maintain interest in the model as it ages...


2015 Mazda 2 : New details of third-generation city car
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2015 Mazda 2 : New details of third-generation city car

Fresh details of the all-new Mazda 2 have been released ahead of its introduction to Australian showrooms on November 1. The third-generation city car will be available in our market with two tunes of a new 1.5-litre direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine...


Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage
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Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage

Assembled for this mega-test are 10 models that represent one-third of total SUV volume in Australia – and that’s without including sales for the newest contender here and catalyst for this test, the Jeep Cherokee. It looks bold, it’s available only with petrol engines (for now), and it’s priced under $40,000 to compete with the mainstream...


Mazda to offer diesel-electric hybrid from 2016 - report
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Mazda to offer diesel-electric hybrid from 2016 - report

Mazda is planning to launch a diesel-electric hybrid in the Japanese and European markets from 2016. According to a report in The Yomiuri Shimbun, Mazda is currently developing a diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain. The scheduled launch date is during the 2016 Japanese financial year, which runs from the beginning of April 2016 through to end of March 2017...


Mazda CX-5 facelift spy photos
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Mazda CX-5 facelift spy photos

The popular Mazda CX-5 is being prepped for a light facelift, and our spy photographers have managed to snag us a first look at the mildly revised SUV. Lauded by critics and embraced by the public — it's a regular feature on the top 10 sellers list in Australia — Mazda is clearly doing something right with the CX-5...


Mazda 3 SP25 v Renault Megane GT-Line : Comparison review
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Mazda 3 SP25 v Renault Megane GT-Line : Comparison review

Getting warmer… warmer… warmer. Perfect. Not everybody wants a hot hatch. But at the same time, a run-of-the-mill small car that ticks all the practical boxes but lacks a little zing doesn’t do it for some either. Luckily there are a host of small hatchbacks that straddle between these two markets, offering a few cheap thrills without going overboard...


2015 Mazda 2 : $28,000 driveway price revealed in competition fine print
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2015 Mazda 2 : $28,000 driveway price revealed in competition fine print

The approximate price of the all-new 2015 Mazda 2 has been inadvertently revealed in the fine print of a competition giving Australians the chance to win one of the first examples of the third-generation city car. Point 8a in the terms and conditions of the ‘Win an all-new Mazda 2 and a day trip’ promotion lists the value of a “new Mazda 2 petrol hatch automatic” at $28,000...


2015 Mazda MX-5 teaser photo posted on Facebook
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2015 Mazda MX-5 teaser photo posted on Facebook

A Facebook event page hosted by Mazda's American arm has posted an official teaser image of the all-new fourth-generation Mazda MX-5. The event invite page, titled "2016 MX-5 Miata Reveal", was setup by Mazda USA's official Facebook profile. The event's banner image is of a two-seat roadster under a shroud of sheeting (above)...