Mazda is the Japanese manufacturer which has produced a long procession of sexy cars. Streamlined designs with well equipped interiors, Mazda has made it possible to enjoy luxury at an affordable price.
With so many of their cars highly sought after, it’s difficult to pick a single stand out car. Here’s a selection of some of their best designs over the past decade.
As a four door coupe which had four seats too, the Mazda RX-8 was a bit of a revelation. Blazing a trail through the auto market, the RX-8 has the unique combination of being sporty yet practical too.
The door openings are quite unusual, with the rear door being hinged at the back and only accessible if the corresponding door on the front is also opened. However, despite the tiny entry point, the back seats have a surprising amount of room, making this one of the most spacious sports cars you’ll find.
The interior is different to many other sports cars too, especially within this price bracket. Despite the sporty appearance, there’s lots of comfort features too, making this car suitable for longer journeys too.
Beneath the bonnet, the engine is just a 1.3 litre but with the iconic rotary design rather than the conventional pistons, there’s greater power and efficiency. This produces a smooth ride with sharp cornering ability and precise handling.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
One of the classic roadsters made by Mazda, the Mx-5 Miata has been reinvented countless times to stay fresh and contemporary. Yet despite the numerous overhauls, the MX-5 retains a legendary appearance which continues to attract new fans.
Available as an automatic or manual, soft top or hard-top, this two seater Mazda is a sporty number which is guaranteed to turn heads. In fact, the MX-5 is so much loved that it’s the best selling roadster of all time. Alongside the now-famous appearance, part of the reason for the popularity is its affordability. The MX-5 Miata is a car that looks far more expensive than it is….
As you might expect, it’s not the largest car you’ll ever climb into but the lack of space is more than made up for by the sleek styling of the interior and the high quality features. You’ll simply sink into the comfortable seating, giving you the chance to sit back and enjoy a smooth ride.
Although Mazda is irrevocably linked to small and sporty designs, they excel in the other models they’ve produced too. The Mazda 6 is a mid-sized saloon, providing far more room than many of the sports models but still offering the same immaculate attention to detail.
Powerful yet fuel efficient, this Mazda is not just pleasing on the eye, but on the pocket too. Inside the car there’s room for five, with the rear seats spacious enough to accommodate tall adults. There are all the latest features with up to date technology to provide a luxurious feel to a regular family-sized car.
On the exterior, there’s a stately appearance with extras such as a moon roof adding additional interest. A top notch safety rating and agile handling complete the Mazda 6, leaving little room for any complaints.
If you’re looking for a car made from a pure fantasy, the Mazda Furai hits the mark. Translating loosely as “the sound of the wind” this car is one that was roughly based on a concept car design.
However the Furai was never intended to be a street car, and one glance at its sexy curves will make that clear. With endurance races such as Le Mans in mind, the Furai was built with superior aerodynamics and challenging handling to get the maximum performance.
Although the car managed to complete a few laps around Laguna Seca, it was never to fulfil its fate. The Furai burst into flames during a photo shoot and was never reproduced. Sadly, this means that you’ll never find the Furai at Jennings Mazda or any other main dealer. If you’re really hankering to get behind the wheel the closest you’ll get is playing online racing games such as Gran Turismo.
Choose your favourite Mazda
The above four models are just a small selection of some of the best cars from Mazda over the past decade. However, with so many other top-quality models, there are countless others to choose from too. To find your favourite, visit your local Mazda dealer and experience a whole new way of driving.