The 2 Most Reliable Mazda Models According to Consumer Reports Owner Surveys

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. Consumer Reports recently surveyed vehicle owners to help compile a list of the most reliable vehicles you can buy. And it might not surprise zoom-zoom enthusiasts that Mazda has more than one dependable model.

According to Consumer Reports, the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata and CX-5 boast above-average reliability. Other sources support those findings.

What do Consumer Reports’ reliability ratings mean?

Before buying any new or new-to-you vehicle, you’ll want to find information based on reliability. Automotive brands, including Mazda, are often ranked on average predicted reliability. Consumer Reports members submit surveys outlining specific repair and reliability experiences. CR’s data is based on extensive testing and vehicle ownership experiences. 

This latest roster of reliability champions includes Mazda as an overall excellent brand. More specifically, the latest MX-5 Miata and CX-5 are among the most reliable models in the lineup. In past years, Mazda hasn’t always fared well in CR member surveys. Still, there are a few mediocre performers, including the CX-9, CX-30, and Mazda3.

The MX-5 Miata is the most reliable Mazda model

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

The most reliable Mazda model is the 2023 MX-5 Miata, according to Consumer Reports. Repair Pal reinforces those claims with actual repair reports, citing costs and frequency of car fixes. Repair Pal gives the MX-5 Miata four stars, ranking it “Above Average” in reliability.

You can choose from three trims for the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Sport starts at $28,050, the Club starts at $31,550, and the Grand Touring starts at $33,050, according to Mazda. The peppy 181-hp engine features Mazda’s Skyactiv technology, 2.0 DOHC, 16 valves, and four cylinders with variable valve timing. Fuel economy is also good: 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. 

The CX-5 is another highly reliable Mazda model

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The attractively styled Mazda CX-5 is the second most reliable Mazda model, according to Consumer Reports. And Repair Pal backs CR’s claims, 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, starting with various trim levels: S, S Select, S Preferred, S Carbon Edition, and S Premier. Starting MSRPs range from $26,700 to $33,000. The 2.5-liter engine provides pep yet fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

So, when it comes to gauging vehicle reliability, you can turn to feedback from current vehicle owners. And in CR’s latest breakdown of the most reliable cars, Mazda makes a strong showing with two worthy contenders: the MX-5 Miata and the CX-5.