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Mazda’s car lineup offers some flare to the sober sensibilities of the family sedan market. However, some of its models could also be a dependable addition to your garage to rival your neighbor’s Toyota Corolla. Check out four used Mazda models that have the potential to take you the distance, like the 2012 Mazda6 and the 2006 Mazda3.

Which Mazda car models are the most dependable?

  • 2006 Mazda3
  • 2012 Mazda6
  • 2011 Mazda6
  • 2010 Mazda6
A Mazda3 car badge shines on a yellow front end.
A Mazda car’s badge | National Motor Museum via Heritage Images via Getty Images

According to Car Complaints, these four Mazda car models have the lowest number of owner-reported issues. On the other hand, the Mazda models with the most significant owner complaints are the 2014 Mazda6 and 2010 Mazda3. Of those two models, the most common issues are clutch, accessory, and electrical system-related. For instance, the 2010 Mazda3 has 107 NHTSA complaints related to interior accessory issues like power seat alignment problems.   

Is the 2006 Mazda3 a good car?

The 2006 Mazda3 is the No. 1 model year in the Mazda3’s lineage for owner satisfaction, per Car Complaints. Specifically, the 2006 model earns a “Seal-of-Awesome” for its drama-free ownership. While some issues like rough idling and sporadic shifting might be problematic, the low number of reports points toward a dependable sedan. 

A 2006 Mazda3 cruises down a back road.
2006 Mazda3 | Mazda

Is a Mazda6 a reliable car?

The Mazda6 is the single model with the greatest number of years on Car Complaints’ list of the best cars for owner satisfaction. Specifically, the 2005 through 2008 and 2010 through 2012 models earned top spots with the fewest owner complaints

What Mazda6 model years are the best?

Of the Mazda6 model years with the fewest complaints, the latest three model years with potentially drama-free ownership are the 2012, 2011, and 2010 models. All three models earned a Seal of Awesome from Car Complaints. Moreover, the most-reported categories have less than 30 complaints, meaning the sedan model’s owners are more satisfied than rivals like the 2013 Nissan Altima, which has 315 complaints about transmission issues. 

A red 2012 Mazda6 corners on a rural road.
2012 Mazda6 | Mazda

Do Mazda cars last long?

In addition to a lack of owner-reported complaints about defects and reliability issues, one Mazda car model earned a spot in iSeeCars’ lifespan study for the sedans category. The study indicates that the Mazda6 has a potential lifespan of around 203,154 miles. 

A 2010 Mazda6 shows off its pre-2012 styling while parked next to a large building.
2010 Mazda6 | Mazda

However, that figure doesn’t reflect the maximum mileage a Mazda6 could cover. Instead, the sensible sedan model could last between 250,000 and 300,000 or more with proper care and maintenance. 

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