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Mazda is a Japanese automaker whose parent company began making small vehicles over 70 years ago. Mazda has sold cars in the US since the seventies. Mazda offers a collection of vehicles that are intended to be more fun to drive than their competition. The MX-5 (Miata) is a benchmark vehicle for driving enjoyment, and the sporty Mazda3 continues to be one of the best choices in the compact car segment. The new CX-5 is a more fuel-efficient alternative to most compact crossover SUVs.

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For many, the way a car performs is a key criterion for which car to purchase. Our Velocity Index helps determine which vehicles are the best all-around performers taking in to consideration a balance of factors such as acceleration and handling. A higher number is better.

Model Velocity Index
Mazda MX-5 64-74
Mazda Mazda3 sedan 57-61
Mazda Mazda3 5d 56-60
Mazda Mazda6 56-60
Mazda CX-5 40-59
Mazda CX-9 49-54
Mazda MAZDA5 45-49
Mazda MAZDA2 32-38

Note: Bar graphs denote the composite performance for the model. "*" indicates models with incomplete data.

For more information, view our new car performance guide.