A brief history of the company
Mazda started out in 1920 as the Toyo Kogyo Co, and saw limited success in the early days. By 1927 they had to be saved from bankruptcy by Hiroshima business leaders.
It was after this that they switched from making machine tools to making vehicles, and introduced the Mazda-Go autorickshaw in 1931. Like many companies, they made weapons during the war, and when back to their automotive production after 1945.
While every automobile that Toyo Kogyo made was branded as a Mazda, the company itself did not adopt the name until the 1980s. Their most notable cars before this time were the Mazda R360 (1960), the Mazda Carol (1962), and the Savanna RX-7 (1978).
Through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Mazda were putting a major engineering effort into engines, and were one of the leaders in innovation during these decades. They achieved a great deal of success from this effort, and were developing specific engines for various machines. It was during this period that the company also formally entered the U.S. and Canadian markets.
The 80s and 90s were a period where Mazda was redesigning all of their popular models to suit a changing market, as well as introducing more safety features into their vehicles. They have never really stopped improving on what they already have, and they continue that to this day – constantly striving to make their cars safer, more economical, and up to date with technology.
Mazda offer sedan models of the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, and Mazda 6. Two of the three models are currently available, with the Mazda 2 sedan not set for release until later on this year. There is little detail on the features of this newest model, but the two currently available sedans feature:
|6 airbags||Revering camera|
|Stability control||Blind spot monitoring|
|Brake force distribution||Rear cross traffic alert|
|Emergency brake assist||Auto-dimming rear view mirror|
|Hill launch assist||Smart city brake support (to avoid low impact crashes)|
By far, the best feature in a Mazda is the interface. The smart MZD connect brings web-based content to the car – Facebook, Twitter, streaming, etc. It will even read your texts and email aloud to you when you hook up your phone.
It is controlled effortlessly through voice command, enabling you to easily (and safely) switch from audio to navigation.
How did Mazda sedans score?
Mazda scored reasonably well in our survey, with three stars in most categories, and four stars for both reliability and performance.
Other sedans we rated
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who had recently bought a sedan.
The other brands in the most recent survey are:
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