Mazda has a long and interesting automotive history. Although the company started operations in 1927, it was not until 1931 that it began to use the nickname “Mazda”. The original company was called Toyo Kogyo and they specialized in making corks. During World War II, the company suspended operations to contribute to the war effort. They produced weapons such as the Series 30 to 35 Type 99 rifle.
After the war, the company decided to focus on cars, and it became: Mazda† Over the years, Mazda has created unique and innovative products. As a brand, the carmaker is known for its rotary engine technology and brilliant driving dynamics. While Mazda is not the most dominant Japanese automaker, they have produced some exciting cars. The company is currently the 6th largest car manufacturer in Japan and the 15th by production worldwide. In this list, we take a look at the best cars produced by Mazda.
10 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5
The Mazda Miata MX-5 has gone through some evolution since its debut in 1989 and has been in production ever since. In 2000, the Guinness Book of World Records named the MX-5 the “best-selling two-seater sports car everFor the 2016 model year, the Mazda Miata MX-5 had 200 pounds less than the 2015 model.
Mazda powered the convertible with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Although the car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, it is fun to drive. In addition to the merits of the Miata, it was reasonably priced. At release, the 2016 MX-5 cost between $15,999-$27,998.
9 2021 Mazda CX-5
The CX-5 is Mazda’s luxury compact SUV. For the 2021 model, Mazda has improved and added many features to the car. First, they made a 10.3-inch infotainment screen standard on all trims. They also introduced the new Carbon Edition trim. Despite the name, the Carbon Edition trim does not contain carbon fiber.
Instead, the trim features exclusive metallic gray paint, red leather trim and 19″ alloy wheels. The 2021 Mazda CX-5 uses a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine with 187 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. There is also a AWD variant with a turbo engine that produces 250 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.
8 1971 Mazda R100
Introduced in 1969, the Mazda R100 was one of the first Mazda cars to feature a rotary engine. When promoting the R100, Mazda’s ads were aimed at women. The R100 is also known as the Familia Presto Rotary Coupe.
For a car produced in 1971, the R100 was fast. With the rotary engine, the coupé produced 109 horsepower, 100 lb-ft of torque and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds. The R100 was more affordable than other coupes and helped establish Mazda as a sports car manufacturer.
7 2020 Mazda 6
Mazda is known for making affordable luxury cars, and the Mazda 6 is no exception. The Mazda 6 is a luxury sedan with many technological gadgets. While the base model is impressive, the Signature trim takes things to another level. Drivers who choose the Signature version have access to the G-Vectoring Control plus function.
This function allows you to pause the ignition of the car to facilitate the distribution of torque to the front wheels. The Signature trim also features a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
6 2021 Mazda CX-30
In 2020, Mazda debuted a sleek mid-sized luxury SUV, the CX-30. Like other Mazda models, the CX-30 is built with high-quality materials. As an added bonus, the CX-30 offers a standard range of advanced safety features.
The Mazda CX-30 2020 has a refined handling and a sturdy chassis. In terms of power, the CX-30 is equipped with one of the most powerful engines in its class. The SUV delivers 250 hp and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. That’s faster than most of its rivals, including the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
5 1968 Mazda Cosmo Sport
When the Mazda Cosmo Sport was created, Japanese automakers were known for copying western automakers. However, the Cosmo Sport was a completely original vehicle. The Cosmo Sport was released in 1967 and received a lot of positive attention for Mazda as well as the entire Japanese car industry.
The Mazda Cosmo Sport was powered by a 110 hp Mazda Wankel engine. Only 343 copies of the 1968 Cosmo Sport were made, so the vehicle is rare. As a result, there are hefty price tags on the Cosmo Sport during auctions.
4 2002 Mazda RX-7 Spirit R
Anyone who loves Japanese cars must have heard about the Mazda RX-7. In 2002 Mazda released the last production run of the sports car, and they called it the RX-7 Spirit R. As expected, the 2002 RX-7 Spirit R was built and assembled at Mazda’s base in Hiroshima, Japan.
Only 1,500 units were produced, intended for the domestic market. For power, the 2002 RX-7 uses a twin-turbo rotary engine with 280 horsepower and 231 lb-ft of torque.
3 1969 Mazda Luce R130 Coupe
Mazda’s Luce R130 Coupé is a simple, stylish classic, and this may have to do with the fact that Giorgetto Giugiaro designed it for Bertone. Both the exterior and interior of the car are well styled yet simple.
The Luce R130 Coupe could seat five people. After recent tracking by rotary engine enthusiasts, it is estimated that there are fewer than 200 models left. For power, the 1969 R130 Coupé has a 1.2-liter Wankel rotary engine that could produce 120 horsepower.
2 1973 Mazda RX-3
Although the Mazda RX-3 is less popular than the RX-7, it is just as important. In fact, it is one of the most important cars in Mazda’s history. The RX-3 ran so the RX-7 could run. Even most gearboxes are not familiar with the RX-3, and the model is much rarer than Mazda Cosmo Sport.
The RX-3 gave Mazda a lot of publicity in the 1970s. Originally equipped with Mazda’s rotary engine, the sports car has 110 hp and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 10.2 seconds. In 1975 Mazda drivers – Don Holland and Hiroshi Fushida – raced Australia’s Bathurst, finishing 3rd in their class and 5th overall.
1 1992 323 GT-R 4WD
Mazda built the 323 GT-R in 1985 for the Group A rally race. They also attempted to enter a Group B rally with an RWD RX-7. After some bad luck, the manufacturer got a new car for the rally category of group B.
Instead of building a new car from scratch, Mazda developed the 323 GT-R and added a new AWD system. They powered the 1992 model with a 1.8-liter engine that produced 210 horsepower. The 323 came in GT-R and GTX options. While the 323 GTX was available in Japan, Europe and the US, the GT-R was only available in Japan.
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