1996 MAZDA MAZDASPEED MX-5 MIATA
This was my first experience with CarFax and it proved to be a very valuable tool. It allowed me to trace the history of each owner, not just in time, but also by mileage. That gave me the confidence that I had a pretty complete history of the car. Anyone considering a used car, shoud invest in a CarFax report. Its not only what it tells you, but what it might not tell you - like big time holes in the cars history.
by DAVID PRESTON
Used Mazda Information
Motor Corporation is a Japanese automaker with a reputation for building unusually innovative vehicles. Founded in 1920, the company is named after the Persian god of wisdom, Mazda, and the company's founder, Jujiro Matsuda. Historically, Mazda is known for its work with the Wankel rotary engine, for its performance in motorsports, and for building cars with a penchant for sporty handling.
In 1979, Mazda entered into a partnership with Ford that lasted until 2010. That partnership resulted in Mazda not only making much headway in U.S. sales, but also in the development of the two companies' current flagship technologies, EcoBoost (Ford) and SKYACTIV (Mazda).
In the American market, the most common Mazda vehicles are the Mazda3, Mazda5, Mazda6, CX-5, CX-7, CX-9 and, of course, the best-selling roadster of all time, the Mazda MX-5 Miata. On the used car market, the Mazda3, 5, 6, CX-series, and Miata are the most common.
The Mazda3 is the company's best-selling car globally. On the U.S. secondary market, it is a popular little vehicle in both its sedan and hatchback formats.
The Mazda5 is a minivan which sells very well thanks to its right-size proportions, high fuel economy, and easy drive.
The Mazda6 is the company's midsize sedan, recently undergoing a redesign for the 2014 model year and winning many awards for it. The used market, however, is very good for this car with many purchasing it because they favor the 6's sporty nature and excellent family-friendly ergonomics.
The CX-series of crossovers is popular because it is both sporty and well-proportioned in its various sizes (the larger the number after the CX-, the larger the vehicle).
The Mazda Miata, or MX-5, is likely the company's most well-known and well-love vehicle. With fan clubs, race clubs, and long-time buyers for most of its history, when a Miata enters the used car market, it doesn't often stay up for grabs long.