Mazda's Most Budget-Friendly Cars, Ranked

There’s no doubt Mazda is doing a great job with its current line-up — and there are so many affordable cars too!

The new Mazdas are great looking are significantly cheaper than their closest rivals. The Japanese automaker prides itself on developing beautifully designed cars, with aesthetically pleasing exteriors from the throttle happy Miata to the all-electric MX-30.

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Mazda has ensured it keeps up with the demand in all classes, fitting its lineups with tons of amazing tech, premium quality interiors, and safety features. It also challenges some of the best-selling auto manufacturers such as Toyota and Honda with its fair share of SUVs, Crossovers, Mid-size Sedans, Hatchbacks, and many more. Here are ten of Mazda’s most budget-friendly cars, ranked!

10 2021 Mazda MX-30 $35,000

Mazda’s 2021 MX-30 will be the first all-electric vehicle from Mazda to hit the market. The all-electric SUV that debuted in Tokyo 2019 Auto Show is a sub-compact crossover SUV with a coupe-like roofline and a sharp exterior design. While most of the details are still scanty, Mazda says the MX-30 will have a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion pack battery powered by a front-mounted electric motor.

According to Mazda, the 2021 Mazda MX-30 will have a 250-mile range, which is quite impressive in the EV car segment. This new electric vehicle from Mazda will also use natural sustainable materials for the interior, such as breathable fabric from recycled plastic and cork.

9 2020 CX-9 $34,835

We have to grow up sometime, and own grown-up vehicles and the 2020 CX-9 makes the best compromise. It’s a sharp handling, 4-cylinder engine vehicle with a gusty turbo-charger. This brute power offers excellent performance to this lightweight sports car. The CX-9 has a great exterior as well as interior design that make it look homely and comfortable.

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There are also tons of new tech features, including driver-assist, with a standard top-dash infotainment system with access to maps and media. Mazda fell short with the third row, which offers considerably less room and cargo space.

8 2011 Mazda RX-8 $27,590

The Mazda RX-8 has always been an endearing oddball, and not just because of its famous rotary engine. This four-door passenger, adrenaline surging sports coupe, though frowned upon, has spectacular balance and unique engine design. Its striking good looks, complete with suicide doors make it perfect for a life on the red carpet.

Mazda’s engineering ensured the RX-8 was capable of pushing maximum power from a minimum displacement engine— which is a plus. While it’s a little bit difficult for the RX-8 to fit into the beloved RX-7 shoes, it still makes a worthy successor.

7 Mazda Miata MX-5 $26,650

Just like the Subaru BRZ, or the latest Toyota 86, the Mazda Miata MX-5’s design is in the same spirit — minimum technological complications. It comes with a performance rear-wheel-drive powertrain, and a happy rev engine, with a crisply shifting manual gearbox. Available as a classic soft-roof convertible, the MX-5 is the perfect sports car for cruising up and down the mountains.

The 2019 Miata comes with a redesigned 4-cylinder engine producing 181hp mated with a six-speed manual transmission. If you go for the Grand Touring variant, you’ll get extra additional features like traffic sign recognition, as well as automated emergency braking.

6 2019 CX-5 $25,395

There’s something that makes the Mazda CX-5 more appealing than close rivals in its segment; Engaging driving dynamics and distinct styling. Let’s face it; the CX-5 looks more expensive than it, which adds to its appeal. The 2019 CX-5 is an affordable fuel-efficient 4-cylinder powered compact crossover.

It comes with an automatic transmission engine with an option of two-wheel or all-wheel and either a diesel-powered or a turbocharged engine. Just like the exterior, the 2019 CX-5 interior is above its class and rich in tech features such as driver-assist and a standard infotainment system.

5 2020 Mazda 6 $24,920

The 2020 Mazda 6 is much more than your ordinary family-size sedan, due to its appealing style as well as fun to drive characteristics. It comes with an appealing cabin, fabulously chiseled exterior, qualities you would expect from pricier vehicles. The Mazda 6 has three qualities that make it a better choice in its segment; it's quick; it’s the thriftiest and comes with a ton of tech features for its price tag.

The Mazda 6 comes with two alternative 2.5L 4-cylinder engines. One producing 187hp and the other a turbocharged version making up to 250hp. Both paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

4 2020 Mazda 3 $22,420

The 2020 Mazda 3 is perhaps the fanciest looking compact car in its segment, Available both in sedan and hatchback variation, the Mazda 3 offers a much more appealing resume than its closest rivals the Corolla and the Civic. This 4-cylinder compact car is frugal on the highway and comes with an affordable price tag.

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All the 2020 Mazda 3 comes with the same 2.5L engine generating 186hp. The hatchback comes with a manual transmission, the sedan and all-wheel-drive variations of this car come with an automatic transmissions system. Mazda 3 has a thoughtful exterior design, as well as a premium quality interior.

3 Mazda CX-30 $22,000

The CX-30 comes right in between the compact CX-5 and the Sub-compact CX-3. It’s a Mazda, it's expected! Regardless of its definition or class, the CX-30 looks amazing. It comes with a chunkier black plastic body cladding that is the main difference between it and its crossover siblings. It shares many of its features and mechanics with the Mazda 3 sedan, meaning it rides on the same 2.5L 4-cylinder engine.

There are two versions, 6-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive or the all-wheel-drive powertrain. Like all new Mazda, the CX-30 has an attractive interior with an infotainment system that sprouts at the center of the dashboard. prospective owners can also choose between an eight-speaker or 12 speaker system.

2 Mazda CX-3 $21,435

One thing stands clear after driving the Mazda CX-3, its refined automobile with playful driving dynamics. This sub-compact SUV doesn’t disappoint once you get behind the wheels. However, you need to understand one thing, its tiny, and shoppers won’t be thrilled with its priority cargo or passenger space.

It takes corners with ease with its eager powertrain and punchy acceleration. It comes with a 1.6L turbocharged engine producing 146hp, and also has an all-wheel-drive GT rev-happy variant. The CX-3 has a well-detailed interior with a 7-inch infotainment touch screen system. It also comes standard with automated braking, rear cross-traffic alert as well as blind-spot monitoring safety systems.

1 Mazda 2 $15,515

The Mazda 2 is the most affordable, economical and tinniest of Mazda’s lineup. And as you would expect, it doesn’t have a roomy interior, but like the Hinda Fit, it offers a lightweight and sporty feel you will learn to love. It’s a city car, best for taking you from one point to another, meaning there’s little sophistication both on its interior and exterior.

Buyers can choose from two versions a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. You can choose from three petrol engines that are all based on Mazda’s Skyactiv-G powerplant, producing 74hp, 89hp, and 113 hp respectively.

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