A Mazda MX-5RF car is displayed at the Beijing auto show
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Mazda’s Consistency Won the Company an Impressive Award

Mazda is a Japanese company that sells multiple styles of passenger vehicles in the United States. Its focus is on “zippy, engaging performance,” according to U.S. News & World Report. The quality of its performance paired with its interiors and value have earned Mazda awards over the years. In a recognition of the brand’s ongoing …

100th anniversary Mazda Miata MX-5 with a 1960 Mazda R360
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What’s So Great About Mazda Cars?

Since the old school “zoom-zoom” commercials, Mazda cars have made quite a name for themselves. These days, the Mazda slogan says “driving matters,” and the company holds claim to a lineup of cars said to be fun to drive. Year after year, the MazdaBut what’s so great about Mazda cars? This isn’t a brand with …

The Mazda MX-5 Miata at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show
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Does the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Have Apple CarPlay?

Many people these days have trouble not always using their phones. That even includes while driving, which is certainly a time when it’s safest not to have a phone in hand. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it possible to use many phone functions without handling the phone itself. In good news for new Mazda …

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The 5 Best 2020 Sports Cars Under $30K

Most people assume they can’t own a sports car because of the massive sticker price. It’s true many luxury sports cars are expensive, but some reasonably priced coupes can fit nicely into most budgets. If you’re car shopping, don’t ignore these five sporty 2020 sports cars you can purchase for less than $30,000.  Mazda MX-5 Miata It’s …

A blue 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata parked on display
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How Safe Is the 2020 Mazda Miata?

This two-seater roadster has certainly made a name for itself as an engaging car that’s fun to drive. It’s easy to imagine that a tiny car like this isn’t exactly the safest car on the road. But Mazda as a brand earned for IIHS top safety picks than any other brand this year. So how …

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How Mazda Outranked Toyota and Lexus As the Most Reliable Car Brand

Mazda is rising in popularity these days. This Japanese carmaker especially impressed reviewers in 2020, thanks to its lineup of sporty and upscale models. And as the year comes to a close, Mazda scored another win: it just outranked Toyota and Lexus as the most reliable car brand for the first time.  What makes Mazda the most reliable car brand? …

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4-Cylinder Clash: 2022 Subaru BRZ vs. 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda Miata has long been the go-to car for driving enthusiasts who aren’t trying to blast through their savings accounts. The Miata has gone largely unchallenged over the years, until recently. The Subaru BRZ has been gaining ground on the Miata for a couple of years now, and with the added power of the …

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is an affordable rear-wheel-drive sports car for the masses.
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The Story of How the Mazda MX-5 Miata Got Its Start

The current-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most capable affordable sports cars available for sale. However, the small sporty roadster’s story began back in the 1980s. At the time, Mazda’s lineup consisted mostly of family vehicles with nothing positioned below the rotary-engine-powered RX7. Mazda took a gamble by investing in a mass-market sports …

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Is the 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF Good For Road Trips?

If you had to think about the perfect car for road trips, you would probably think of something comfortable and fuel-efficient, like a Lexus ES hybrid, for example. Sport car enthusiasts might think of something like a Corvette, considering you can achieve around 30 mpg and travel pretty well with it. But the last car …

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How Fast Is the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The Mazda MX-5 has always been known for its performance in the corners more than its straight-line speed. After all, just one look at this tiny two-seater and you’ll be hard-pressed to mistake it for a muscle car, but it’s still fun to toss around nonetheless. And while it feels more at home lapping cones …

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5 Annoying Features on the 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF is easily one of the most engaging and fun cars in the market today and its definitely one of the best cars that we have driven to date. It currently stands alone in its segment as being the most venerable two-seat convertible, unless you count the Fiat 124, but that’s …

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Used Sports Cars Under $10,000 That Aren’t a Miata

Ask an enthusiast what a good weekend or hobby car would be for under $10,000, and often you will get the answer in the form of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. These small cars are endlessly customizable and are inexpensive. But, the Miata is not the only answer. In fact, there are a lot of used …

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Is the Mazda MX-5 Miata a ‘Girl’s Car?’

Do you want a small, two-seat roadster that’s fun at any speed? Buy a Miata. Do you want a car that’s rear-wheel-drive and costs less than a sectional sofa at Ethan Allen? Buy a Miata. Do you want a car that’s easy to wrench on and you can tune to your heart’s desire? Buy a …

A red Mazda MX-5 Miata on display at an auto show
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Does the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Have A Manual Transmission?

Manual transmission cars are a dying breed these days. Even cars that are known for the driver-friendly platform and manual transmissions like the C8 Corvette have ultimately adopted automatic transmissions. Big-name brands like Lamborghini and Ferrari are joining suit, and it seems like the days of buying new sports cars with a manual transmission are …

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Is Mazda a Japanese Car Company?

Mazda is one of the most popular vehicles in America. They are known for upscale features for mainstream prices. Mazda vehicles also have a reputation for being spunky and fun to drive. They also boast pretty contemporary exterior style. But where did Mazda Motor Corporation come from? Is it a Japanese car company? It all …

A red Mazda MX-5 Miata on display at an auto show
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Best New Sports Cars Under $30,000

For many people, sports cars lack a lot of practicality and therefor are reserved as weekend cars rather than daily drivers. It’s easier for people to spend money on comfort and tech for a car that they drive each and every day, but it’s harder for people to justify spending the extra money. There are …

A red 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata going around a corner
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Why Was the Mazdaspeed Miata a One-Hit Wonder?

The MX-5 Miata is very fun to drive, but Mazda’s affordable sports car isn’t precisely overwhelmed with power. As a result, engine swaps and aftermarket turbo kits are popular amongst the Mazda Miata fanbase. However, the automaker briefly did offer a version with a bit more juice: the Mazdaspeed Miata. But it’s a model Mazda …

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Modern Aquatic Amphibious Vehicles

If someone likes to be out on the water, at one point or another, they have likely thought, wouldn’t it be nice to drive the car into the water like a boat? Of course, the Amphicar was famous for actually having done it. The Amphicar is certainly noteworthy of its accomplishment. However, it is not …

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The Mazda3 Offers Miata Fun in a Practical Package

Mazda MX-5 Miatas are popular on the streets and on many car enthusiasts’ lists for best sports cars. And unlike some models, the Miata actually lives up to the hype. This coupe is super fun to drive and relatively cheap. The Miata is also the type of car you can confidently buy new or used. …

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The Honda Beat Is a Mid-Engine, Pocket-Sized JDM Miata

Mazda isn’t the only Japanese automaker with an influential sports car. Honda has created its fair share as well. The S2000 competed directly with the Miata, and the NSX proved that supercars could genuinely be daily-drivable. But, as with the first Civic Type R and Nissan Skyline GT-R, some sporty JDM cars are only now …

The engine bay of an ND Mazda Miata that's received a Flyin' Miata V8 engine swap
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How Easy Is It to Do an Engine Swap?

When it comes to improving your engine’s performance, cold-air intakes and headers can help a little. Going further with the modifications, you can tune the ECU, or install stronger internal components. But there’s another way to transform your car’s performance: an engine swap. What goes into an engine swap? An engine swap is both as …

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S vs. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
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Manual Transmission Sports Cars You Can Buy Brand New

There is something about driving a manual transmission sports car that somehow makes the experience that much better. While many people have slowly moved away from driving a stick shift, and some manufacturers have turned their classically manual sports cars into automatic-only models, like the new mid-engine Corvette C8, there are still some modern-day sports …