Did Kelley Blue Book Award Mazda The Best Performance Car Brand?

Kelly Blue Book Award Winning Mazda

As a leading automaker, Mazda puts creative energy and scientific know-how into every aspect of car-making. Clearly its emphasis on performance is paying off. Kelley Blue Book has named Mazda as the number one performance brand among affordable car manufacturers. Porsche took the honors for luxury cars.

The Best Performance Brand Award is an honor that Mazda has worked to earn. According to Kelley Blue Book (KBB), every model is included in this award, making it more meaningful. When bestowing the honor, the reviewers have written that the Mazda3 and Mazda6 sedans are fun to drive, and they lead their class in this area. The reviewers then say the same about the CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs. The MX-5 Miata is praised as endlessly entertaining and in a class of one.

Which Model is Best?

Consumers can decide for themselves, but KBB definitely likes every model in the Mazda lineup. In individual model reviews, the CX-3 is called the most athletic subcompact SUV money can buy. KBB reviewers go on to praise its upscale interior and impressive suspension. Handling was further improved this year with suspension revisions that reduce road noise while making the crossover more responsive.

KBB reviewers write that the midsize CX-5 manages to combine an exceptional driving experience with impressive fuel economy. They also like the long list of standard features. This year Mazda added cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel waste. Regarding the spacious, three-row CX-9, the reviewers call it powerful and appealing. They like its superior handling over its rivals. The Sport edition has picked up G-Vectoring Control for more fun behind the wheel.

How Well is The Performance of the Sedans?

The sedans are praised in individual reviews as well. The Mazda3 is called playful, sophisticated and intensely attractive. KBB praises its class-best refinement and fun drivability. The Mazda6 is given high marks as Mazda's flagship sedan, and it is praised for its sporty driving experience. The reviewers like its fuel-efficient engines including a new more powerful turbo. The suspension has been retuned for better ride quality.

Of course, the reviewers like the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata. In its individual review, they call it a pure joy to drive. This fourth-generation sports car is offered as a 2-seat roadster or 2-seater coupe. Both are open air models because the coupe has a retractable roof.

Mazda has also won the Kelley Blue Book Best Styling Brand. It’s surprising to win two awards like this in two different areas. Reviewers suggest that Mazda’s exterior and interior refinement reflects well on its status as the top performance brand.

If you love to drive, you owe yourself a test drive of a Mazda sedan, SUV, sport coupe or convertible. You’ll find a speedy selection at Camelback Mazda.

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