The Mazda brand offers a collection of vehicles that are more fun to drive than their competition. The MX-5 (Miata) is a benchmark vehicle for driving enjoyment, and the Mazda3 continues to be one of the best choices in the compact car segment.

One of the most talked about new models last year was the Mazda CX-9 crossover. The styling, pricing and size make it a very good alternative to the GM crossovers and large SUVs. For 2008, Mazda has upped the displacement of the engine to 3.7L, boosting horsepower to 273-bhp.

Mazda has restyled the Tribute for 2008. Like its sibling the Ford Escape, it wears mostly new sheet metal, but the overall styling change is more of an evolution of the prior model. The Tribute range now includes a hybrid gas/electric model, which is unusual in this segment.

One of the best-kept secrets is the Mazda5 mini-minivan. The Mazda5 excels at carrying passengers, and remains one of the most inexpensive ways to haul six occupants in comfort. For 2008, the Mazda5 wears new front-end styling.

Up next for Mazda will be an all-new version of its mid-sized sedan, the Mazda6.

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