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Some automakers are known for their reliability. And though Mazda cars are famous for their agility and handling, the Japanese brand also makes reliable models. It might not surprise zoom-zoom enthusiasts that Mazda has more than one dependable model. According to repair data and owner surveys, the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata and CX-5 boast above-average reliability.

What do vehicle reliability ratings mean?

Before buying any new or new-to-you vehicle, you’ll want to find information based on reliability. New cars, including those produced by Mazda, are often ranked based on reliability and dependability. Sites such as Consumer Reports, J.D. Power, and RepairPal collect vehicle informatiom from owners reporting repair and reliability experiences. In addition, Consumer Reports’ data is based on extensive testing. 

Regarding vehicle reliabilty, Mazda ranks 13th among over 30 brands in the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. Specifically, the latest MX-5 Miata and CX-5 are the two most reliable Mazda models. In past years, Mazda hasn’t always fared well in owner surveys. Still, there are a few mediocre performers, including the CX-9, CX-30, and Mazda3.

The MX-5 Miata is a highly reliable Mazda model

A white Mazda MX-5 Miata, among the most fuel efficient cars.
Mazda MX-5 Miata | Mazda North American Operations

The second-most reliable Mazda model is the 2023 MX-5 Miata, according to J.D. Power and RepairPal data. It earned a 79/100 score in J.D. Power’s Quality & Reliability category.

RepairPal reinforces that with actual repair reports, citing costs and frequency of car fixes. The site gives the MX-5 Miata four out of five stars, ranking it “Above Average” in reliability.

You can choose from three 2023 Mazda MX-5 trims. The Sport starts at $28,050, the Club starts at $31,550, and the Grand Touring starts at $33,050. This roadster’s peppy 181-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine also gets great gas mileage: 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. 

The 2023 CX-5 is the most reliable Mazda model

Cabin in 2023 Mazda CX-5, U.S. News best new compact SUV, not Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V
2023 Mazda CX-5 | Mazda

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The attractively styled 2023 CX-5 is the most reliable Mazda model, based on its J.D. Power score and RepairPal data. It boasts a “Great” 82/100 Quality & Reliabilty score from J.D. Power

RepairPal backs that, giving this compact SUV 4.5 out of five stars and an “Excellent” rating based on cost, frequency, and severity of reported repairs.

Mazda offers many options for customizing the 2023 Mazda CX-5, beginning with numerous trim levels: S, S Select, S Preferred, S Carbon Edition, S Premium, S Premium Plus, Turbo, and Turbo Signature. Starting MSRPs range from $26,700 to $39,650. The 187-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine provides pep yet fuel efficiency, with an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. And all trims have standard all-wheel drive.

So when it comes to gauging vehicle reliability, you can turn to feedback from current vehicle owners. And according the data, Mazda makes a strong showing with two worthy contenders: the MX-5 Miata and CX-5.