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.
2015 Mazda CX-3 Maxx Review
  • Willing little engine; smooth transmission; comfortable interior; drives well; nice ride comfort
  • Small boot; squishy back seat; not as much ride height as some rival crossovers; engine and road noise intrude into cabin

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8 / 10

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2015 Mazda CX-3 Maxx Review

A diesel automatic SUV for less than $30K? The Mazda CX-3 Maxx diesel is something of a one-of-a-kind car.

Recent Mazda News & Reviews
Mazda 2 sedan confirmed for Australia in Q3
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Mazda 2 sedan confirmed for Australia in Q3

The Mazda 2 sedan will make a return to Australia around August this year, giving Australia’s top importer a rival for the likes of the Honda City. Confirmation that Mazda Australia will sell the sedan version here — on account of its rather nifty styling, says Mazda — comes five months after the new-generation ‘boot-ed’ 2 made its premiere last November...


Mazda introduces Bike by Kodo and Sofa by Kodo
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Mazda introduces Bike by Kodo and Sofa by Kodo

Mazda has unveiled a new two-wheeler and a comfy looking couch ahead of a design event being held in Milan. The Mazda Bike by Kodo concept and Sofa by Kodo concept "artworks" will debut at the Mazda Design: The Car as Art event in Milan, with both named after the brand's design philosophy...


Honda HR-V VTi v Mazda CX-3 Maxx : Comparison Review
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Honda HR-V VTi v Mazda CX-3 Maxx : Comparison Review

Two new sub-$25K players in the small SUV segment face-off. But which of the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 is best?


Mazda MX-5's US pricing undercuts Toyota 86
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Mazda MX-5's US pricing undercuts Toyota 86

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 will undercut the starting price of both the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 in the US, it has been announced. This week, Mazda’s US arm announced an opening gambit on the fourth-generation MX-5 of US$24,915, about $1000 more than the predecessor model. This figure, nevertheless, still undercuts the Scion FR-S at $25,470 — the FR-S is what the Toyota 86 is called in the US — and the $25,695 Subaru BRZ...


2015 Mazda CX-3 Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2015 Mazda CX-3 Review

Mazda's all new CX-3 compact SUV lands in Australia - we drive it!

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$19,990 - $37,690

2015 Mazda CX-3 pricing and specifications
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2015 Mazda CX-3 pricing and specifications

The Mazda CX-3 is the most hotly anticipated addition to the country’s fastest-growing segment and has launched today with the lowest starting price and broadest line-up of any of its rivals. The entry-level CX-3 Neo front-wheel drive petrol manual kicks off the range at $19,990 before on-road costs, undercutting baby SUV segment’s previous entry point, the $20,790 Ford EcoSport, as well as the cheapest versions of the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Honda HR-V, to name a few...


Mazda CX-3 supply may be squeezed by high global demand
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Mazda CX-3 supply may be squeezed by high global demand

Sales ambitions for the new Mazda CX-3 compact SUV may be compromised by supply issues due to strong worldwide demand. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the CX-3 in Canberra, Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders noted high demand for the new nameplate from all world markets, hinting at potential supply problems for the little SUV in Australia...


2015 Mazda CX-3 Review
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2015 Mazda CX-3 Review

Small SUV’s are the hottest things on four wheels at the moment, and while there are a number of exciting new models launching in 2015 – none are more highly anticipated than the Mazda CX-3.

The CX-3 is the 5th model to feature Mazda’s Kodo design language. Mazda say it is a way of expressing the car’s soul and dynamism through its lines...


2015 Mazda MX-5 weighs under a tonne, will be lighter than some first-gen models - report
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2015 Mazda MX-5 weighs under a tonne, will be lighter than some first-gen models - report

If a report out of the US is correct, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 is not only lighter than the outgoing model, but will also be less hefty than later versions of the first-generation convertible. According to Car and Driver, Mazda's official weight for the "ND" MX-5 is 998kg for the 96kW/150Nm 1.5-litre direct-injection four-cylinder model, and 1058kg for the 116kW/200Nm 2...


2015 Mazda MX-5 available for virtual 'test drives' ahead of official sales start
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2015 Mazda MX-5 available for virtual 'test drives' ahead of official sales start

Keen to drive the all-new fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 but can't wait for its official on-sale date? Fear not, Microsoft and Forza have the solution. From March 17 – one month before North American public sales begin – the 2015 ND Mazda MX-5 will be available to drive in the video game world of Forza Horizon 2 via a free downloadable pack...


Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Review
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Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Review

The Mazda CX-5 – 2014’s best selling SUV, and it’s had a mid-life update. When you’re at the top, its almost a bigger challenge to stay there. If this is the car of choice for so many SUV buyers – that speaks volumes.

The updated interior looks so much better than the previous. All models now get an integrated touchscreen with Mazda’s MZD Connect...


2014 Mazda 3 Review : LT4
Rating: 810 /10
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2014 Mazda 3 Review : LT4

Our long-term Mazda 3 returns to its maker, but do we have a tear in our collective eye?

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$24,390

Mazda MX-5's Italian twin will be badged Fiat 124 Spider
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Mazda MX-5's Italian twin will be badged Fiat 124 Spider

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has confirmed that the company's version of the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 will branded as the Fiat 124 Spider. Marchionne confirmed the joint-venture vehicle's name during a question and answer session with members of the European motoring press...


Medium Sedan Comparison : Toyota Camry v Mazda 6 v Hyundai Sonata v Subaru Liberty
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Medium Sedan Comparison : Toyota Camry v Mazda 6 v Hyundai Sonata v Subaru Liberty

Medium cars are struggling in the face of an SUV uprising. Quite literally, the raising-up of body height and seating position has allowed the sport utility vehicle to act both like a magician entrancing customers, and a grim reaper destroying traditional sedan and wagons. There are massive upsides for those buyers who are determined to fly in the face of fashion, however...


Mazda 3 Maxx Review
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Mazda 3 Maxx Review

The Mazda 3 is the most popular privately purchased car in Australia and has not only proven itself a dependable performer since going on sale last year – it’s also more comfortable and tech-savvy than ever before.

You can get the Mazda 3 in a sedan, or as we have here, a hatchback...


Medium SUV Comparison : Ford Kuga v Mazda CX-5 v Subaru Forester v Volkswagen Tiguan
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Medium SUV Comparison : Ford Kuga v Mazda CX-5 v Subaru Forester v Volkswagen Tiguan

Sun, sand, surf... Australians love nothing more than going to the beach. Unless of course it’s a Saturday afternoon where we drape ourselves in team colours and cheer on our side to either cross the try line or kick through the middle posts...


2015 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2015 Mazda 3 SP25 Astina Review

I liked, but didn't love the last 2.0-litre Mazda 3 I drove. Will the SP25 with a larger 2.5-litre engine sway me?

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$36,190

Mazda CX-3 preliminary pricing and specifications leaked
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Mazda CX-3 preliminary pricing and specifications leaked

Top secret preliminary pricing and specification details of the Mazda CX-3 have been leaked from a dealer source. The leaked information reveals a four-tier model range, including the high-grade sTouring and Akari variants announced yesterday, and entry- and mid-spec Neo and Maxx versions...


Mazda MX-5 confirmed with 116kW 2.0-litre engine, accessories previewed
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Mazda MX-5 confirmed with 116kW 2.0-litre engine, accessories previewed

The Mazda MX-5 Accessories Concept has been unveiled at the Chicago motor show along with confirmation of the output of the production car's 2.0-litre engine. As previously speculated, the 2.0-litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder engine will produce 116kW of power and 200Nm of torque, which is within 2kW of the same motor when it's used in Australia-bound Mazda 3 and CX-5...


Mazda CX-3 : Variant names and fuel consumption data revealed
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Mazda CX-3 : Variant names and fuel consumption data revealed

New details of the Mazda CX-3 have been revealed roughly six weeks out from its Australian launch. Mazda today confirmed the CX-3 range will be headlined by a new variant name, dubbed Akari. The line-up will also feature an sTouring grade, and likely others, with the Japanese car maker promising a “class-leading mix of model grades”...


Mazda 3 Neo : Boss defends lack of reverse-view camera; says kids shouldn't be on driveways
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Mazda 3 Neo : Boss defends lack of reverse-view camera; says kids shouldn't be on driveways

The boss of Mazda Australia has defended his company’s decision not to equip the entry-level Mazda 3 with a standard reverse-view camera, saying that drivers need to take more care and parents need to keep children out of driveways...


2015 Mazda 3 pricing and specifications : Features up, prices down by up to $1150
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2015 Mazda 3 pricing and specifications : Features up, prices down by up to $1150

All variants in the 2015 Mazda 3 range have either been repositioned with lower prices or gained extra standard features as the Japanese brand continues its aggressive start to the year. Price cuts of between $600 and $1150 apply to all Mazda 3 sedan and hatch variants from the second-tier Maxx up, while the entry-level Neo gains over $1200 in value while retaining its previous pricing...


2015 Mazda CX-5 Maxx AWD Review
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2015 Mazda CX-5 Maxx AWD Review

The Mazda CX-5 has just received an update for 2015. We take an entry level Maxx 2.5 for a long cruise to see if the changes make it an even better bet than before.


2015 Mazda 6 Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2015 Mazda 6 Review

Mazda refines its medium-sized breed with a quieter facelifted 6

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$32,540 - $50,920

2015 Mazda 6 : pricing and specifications
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2015 Mazda 6 : pricing and specifications

The facelifted 2015 Mazda 6 range has landed with a largely unchanged pricing structure, increased technology never seen before in the Japanese medium car line-up and the promise of improved ride comfort and refinement. Still available with either 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder or 2...


2015 Mazda MX-5 will feature 96kW 1.5-litre direct-injection engine
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2015 Mazda MX-5 will feature 96kW 1.5-litre direct-injection engine

Power and torque figures for the 1.5-litre version of the all-new Mazda MX-5 roadster have been released. Derived from the 1.5-litre engine fitted to the Mazda 2, the MX-5's 1.5-litre mill has been not only been turned around for a longitudinal mounting, but has also been specially tuned for the roadster. In the MX-5, the 1...


Mazda 3 Review : LT3
Rating: 810 /10
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Mazda 3 Review : LT3

If you’ve followed the first two updates on our Mazda 3 Maxx long-termer (read them here and here), you’ll know that the very fact that I’m writing this third instalment rather than the car’s official custodian, Dan, is significant...

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$24,990

Mazda BT-50 update to be heavily influenced by Australian feedback
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Mazda BT-50 update to be heavily influenced by Australian feedback

The updated Mazda BT-50 due on sale in the second half of 2015 will bring with it a range of design changes influenced by the company’s Australian arm. The new-look Mazda BT-50 will bring some elements of the Kodo design language that is seen on its passenger car range, which Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak told CarAdvice is an obvious way to move forward...


Mazda CX-3 buyer interest levels five times higher than Mazda 2
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Mazda CX-3 buyer interest levels five times higher than Mazda 2

Mazda Australia says the amount of interest in the all-new Mazda CX-3 compact SUV is "very strong". Speaking at the launch of the 2015 Mazda CX-5 earlier this week, the company's local marketing director, Alastair Doak, quoted figures suggesting the level of buyer interest in the new CX-3 is about five times higher than it was for the revamped Mazda 2...