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Mazda gets best car brand honors for 6th straight year

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is among the brands' top-rated vehicles, leading the carmakler to its most reliable honors by U.S. News & World Report.

For consumers seeking the most reliable car brand, Mazda has received top honors — again.

U.S. News & World Report has named Mazda the “Best Car Brand” for the sixth consecutive year. The manufacturer won on the strength of its Mazda3, Mazda6 and MX-5 Miata.

The publication reported the Mazda3, Mazda6 and MX-5 Miata offer superior performance and handling and feature premium, quality and upscale interiors.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is among the brands' top-rated vehicles, leading the carmakler to its most reliable honors by U.S. News & World Report.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is among the manufacturer’s top-rated vehicles, leading the carmaker to its top brand honors by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth straight year. Images @ James Raia/2020

The Mazda3 and Mazda6 are sedans; the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a hardtop and convertible two-seat sports car. It’s the best-selling car in history in the sports car segment.

“All three models have top-notch performance that puts an emphasis on direct, sporty handling, as well as quality interiors that are more upscale than their price tags might suggest,” said Jamie Page Deaton, U.S. News & World Report Executive Editor.

Mazda Gets Top Brand Honors

In addition to vehicle reviews and rankings, the publication’s annual Best Car Brand award goes to the automaker with the highest-quality cars, according to the same factors that determine individual rankings. Safety scores, technology, predicted reliability ratings, fuel economy ratings, and opinions of automotive journalists are included.

The Mazda3 was among the carmaker's vehicles that vaulted it to brand reliability honors from U.S. News & World Report.
The Mazda3 was among the carmaker’s vehicles that vaulted it to top brand honors from U.S. News & World Report.

The publication’s evaluation of Mazda:

“With a small but fierce car lineup, Mazda is the winner of our Best Car Brand award for 2020. The MX-5 roadster tops our sports car ranking thanks to its incredible agility and great value.

“The Mazda3 sedan and hatchback lineup lead our compact car ranking with style and grace.”

“The Mazda6 midsize sedan puts up a strong fight against competitors in that class, making a case for a fun commute in a segment that’s otherwise generally pretty dull?

“Mazda cars are well-built, well-equipped, and fun to drive. In every segment where Mazda competes, you’ll be hard-pressed to find rivals that offer the same combination of practicality and performance.”

Honda finished second in the study, followed by Ford Hyundai and Kia.

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