Is Mazda a Reliable Choice?

Mazda cars, SUVs, and minivans have been consistently ranked among the top brands. Although Mazda is a small automaker, it has a reputation for making high-quality, safe, and reliable models.

Despite the consumers’ tendency to overlook the automaker, Mazda has delivered world-class models. Whether it’s an MX-5 Miata roadster, CX-30, CX-50, CX-9, or Mazda’s first electric car, the automaker has spoiled consumers with unlimited choice.

Some Mazda models do not live up to the automaker’s promise by becoming lemon cars. Unfortunately, consumers who buy lemon Mazda cars experience inconvenience, unplanned expenses, and unreliability.

Luckily, California lemon law protects consumers who accidentally buy vehicles with persistent defects that manufacturers have failed to fix.

If you’re stuck with a defective Mazda vehicle, consider speaking to an experienced lemon law attorney about your legal options.

Mazda Vehicles Covered By Lemon Law

California lemon laws cover new or used Mazda vehicles with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty.

Here’s an example of covered Mazda vehicles:

  • Pick-up trucks, vans, SUVs, and cars
  • Demonstrators and dealer-owned vehicles
  • Vehicles bought or leased for business use
  • Cars bought or leased for family, household, or personal purposes.

If Mazda or its dealership doesn’t repair a defective vehicle after a ‘’reasonable number’’ of attempts, Mazda must either:

  • Replace the defective vehicle
  • Refund its buying price(whichever you prefer)

A California lemon law attorney can help you pursue a refund or replacement from the automaker.

Most Reliable Mazdas

Mazda CX-3

Although the Mazda CX-3 is technically the smallest SUV in the automaker’s line-up, it compensates with impeccable features. In line with its crossover design, it combines comfort, efficiency, and high-rated performance.

The CX-3 boasts a 146-hp four-cylinder engine that powers its impeccable performance. As such, it easily turns from zero to 60 mph within 8.1 seconds. It is also a fun-to-drive ride due to its numerous elements, including a lively chassis, a masterful suspension, and a well-handled body roll.

The Mazda CX-3 is the perfect fit for people who love fuel efficiency. If you choose the front-wheel drive model, you’ll enjoy approximately 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

More importantly, the model has a well-built, impressively built cabin with a comfortable, straightforward driving position.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 has an excellent reputation in the market for its athletic performance, spacious cargo room, near-luxury interiors, and impeccable exterior looks. You can credit its athletic performance to its standard 2.5-cylinder engine that produces 186 lb-ft of torque and 187 hp.

Although not much, the Mazda CX-5 has a towing capacity of up to 2000 pounds, better than some competitors, like Volkswagen Tiguan or Honda CR-V. If you opt for the large CX-5 with an option of a turbo engine, you can enjoy a maximum trailering capacity of 3500 pounds.

Mazda MX-Miata

It is undoubtedly Mazda’s most reliable sports car. If you love performance, the Mazda Mx-miata has a 2.0 four-cylinder engine that produces 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The impeccable hose power makes it possible to clock 0-60 mph in 60 seconds.

The Mazda Mx-Miata also delivers comfort. If you hit a quick succession of bumps, the ride becomes bouncy. It has top-quality shocks and springs, making it the firmest ride among the Mazda models.

Despite being a small car hauling around a 2.0-litre engine, it delivers an impressive fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Mazda 3

Mazda 3 is a reliable four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback vehicle. Its impeccable performance is an added advantage of the vehicle. Whether you opt for the 191-hp 2.5-litre four-cylinder or 250-hp turbocharged 2.5-litre, both are guaranteed to deliver excellent performance.

Here are the top qualities of the Mazda 3:

  • Upscale interiors
  • Compact handling
  • An easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Top-of-the-range acceleration

Despite its impressive qualities, the Mazda 3 could be more spacious. It has an underwhelming cargo room and tight back seats. Nonetheless, its space is well-designed to accommodate lots of stuff.

2022 Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 has a high reliability and quality score. Overall, the 3-row crossover mid-size SUV boasts impeccable interiors and athletic performance. The automaker designed the Mazda CX-9 with a turbo-charged 2.5-litre I-4 engine that delivers 250hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.

Although the Mazda CX-9 feels like a smaller mid-SUV in various ways, it’s more athletic than most competitors. You can rely on it due to its confident braking system and easy maneuvering in tight spaces.

It also responds well when needed, accelerating from 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds. Whether rushing to work or enjoying a road trip, the CX-9 has excellent comfort. It has well-designed front seats that offer ample support to your back and posture.

Least Reliable Mazdas

Are Mazdas Reliable?

2021 Mazda CX-30

According to data from NHTSA, consumers have expressed disappointment with the 2021 CX-30 by registering 66 complaints. In addition, the automaker has issued two recalls and over 350 manufacturer communications to address various defects.

Here are the major defects with the model:

  • Engine defects: Engine problems significantly affect the 2021 Mazda CX-30’s long-term reliability. Some of the complaints related to the engine include a faulty engine oil light and excessive engine oil consumption. For instance, a consumer reported that their vehicle consumed a quart of oil every 1500 miles and was afraid it could seize while driving, leading to an accident.
  • Visibility Issues: The Mazda model has visibility issues related to faulty wipers and windshield defects. Several consumers complained about a distorted windshield, which causes a driver to experience fatigue and lose focus during long-distance travel.

Other notable defects with the Mazda CX-30 include faulty forward collision avoidance, service brakes, and a defective vehicle speed control unit.

2018 Mazda 6

The 2018 Mazda 6 has a turbocharged 2.5-cylinder engine that supports its superior performance. Even so, several consumers have expressed dissatisfaction with the model— with the automaker having already issued two recalls.

Below are the major issues with the Mazda model:

  • Engine Defects: Common engine complaints include cracked cylinder head causing engine failure, overheating engine, and engine stalling.
  • Transmission Issues: The 2018 Mazda transmission problems include shifting delay, grinding during acceleration, vehicle shaking, and a burning smell under the hood.

Other reported vehicle defects include electrical systems, visibility, and structural defects.

2019 Mazda CX-9

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is an excellent crossover SUV that delivers driving fun and utility due to its powerful chassis. Consumers also loved it because its beautifully designed exterior looks crowned by a long hood and a sweeping rear end.

Even so, many consumers have expressed reservations about the model—at least two dozen complaints on the NHTSA website touch on engine defects, faulty steering, electrical system faults, and defective suspension.

The automaker has also issued two recalls as follows:

  • Tire Tread May Detach: The automaker may have used an incorrect rubber compound during manufacturing, allowing the tread to detach and separate. Unfortunately, a detached tire tread decreases vehicle stability and crash risk.
  • Potential Fuel Pump Failure: The impeller located in the low-pressure pump may deform and crack, which is likely to cause fuel pump failure. Unfortunately, fuel pump failure may cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of an accident.

2021 Mazda 3

The 2021 Mazda 3 delivers impressive performance, steady handling, and comfortable interiors. Even so, consumers have registered several complaints. In addition, the automaker has issued a recall to fix a defective tire air valve.

Here are common complaints:

  • Engine Defects: The complaints about engine defects include excessive engine oil consumption, turbo that is burning excess oil, faulty oil light, and failure of the manufacturer to take action on engine defects.
  • Faulty Airbags: Consumer complaints related to airbags touch on airbag light malfunction, airbag failure to deploy after rear-end collision, and airbag deployment without impact.

Consumers have also expressed dissatisfaction with faulty features, including electrical systems, service brake defects, and faulty forward collision avoidance.

2016 Mazda CX-5

According to NHTSA, the automaker has issued five recalls with approximately 500 consumer-registered complaints affecting the model.

Here’s a sample of the major issues with the model:

  • Exterior lighting Defects: Some complaints include daytime running light failure, faulty headlights, and intermittent exterior lights.
  • Service Brake Defects: The common complaints about service brakes include brake grinding noise, faulty disk pads, brake light problems, brake failure, and a faulty disc caliper.

Other considerable defects with the 2016 Mazda CX-5 include airbags, faulty power trains, fuel system issues, electrical system issues, and engine defects. The several recalls issued by the automaker were meant to solve exterior lighting defects, steering, visibility, structure, and fuel system defects.

Speak to Us Today to Get Compensation for Your Defective Mazda Vehicle

If you bought a Mazda MX-30 hoping to enjoy road trips with your family, a persistent engine defect could derail your intention. You’ll likely experience frequent stalling, loss of drive power, and engine failure, making it an unreliable car.

With that in mind, consider working closely with an experienced lemon law attorney to maximize your chances of compensation.

At LemonLaw123, our lead attorney, Valerie G. Campbell, has a 99% success rate, giving us the confidence to represent clients.

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