Mazda was ranked very highly in Consumer Report’s 2015 Auto Reliability Survey, scoring nearly 50% better than the industry average.
Each brand was ranked based on the average of its models’ predicated reliability scores, which itself was based on the responses of Consumer Reports subscribers who collectively owned or leased more than 740,000 vehicles.
Of the 28 brands featured, Mazda was ranked 4th, and notably had the smallest range between its least reliable model and its most reliable model. That means that even though Audi averaged just slightly higher than Mazda, it still offers numerous models less reliable than any given Mazda model. Conversely, most of the makes that placed just below Mazda but still above the average had individual models that were worse than average—while Mazda had none.
In other words, if you don’t like to gamble when you buy a car, El Dorado Mazda is the place to go. You always know what you’re going to get!
If you’re looking for your next lightweight, affordable sports-car, you’ve probably narrowed it down a choice between the Mazda MX-5 and the Scion FR-S (known as the Toyota GT86 in the rest of the world).
You’ll find numerous sources comparing these two models on the Internet, but it can be hard to get a true idea of how they match up to each other without actually driving them yourself. That being said, the hard numbers are certainly meaningful.
Both the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 and the 2016 Toyota GT86 are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but both are not equal. The former gets better mileage and the latter gets more power, yet it’s not as simple as that. Because the MX-5 is so much lighter, it still beats the Toyota in a straight line and around the track despite having less power.
In fact, the MX-5’s lightweight nature makes it feel more responsive. It has a better front end, is more controllable, and though it’s a matter of opinion, we think it sounds and looks a heck of a lot better too. It’s even cheaper.
So, Mazda MX-5 vs. Scion FR-S—which one do you think wins?