Mazda MX5 reliability (c) Mazda

Mazda reliability: MX5 named ‘most reliable new sportscar’

Mazda reliability has proved its worth again, with the firm adding yet another trophy to its full to bursting awards cabinet. The Mazda MX5 has been confirmed as the most reliable sports car 2013 by Which? magazine. It’s not the first time the Mazda MX5 has been crowned a reliability king, either.

It was a good showing overall for the Japanese firm, with the Mazda 3 hatchback, Mazda 6 estate and Mazda 2 supermini all scoring more than 90% for reliability.

The Which? Car Survey analyses thousands of cars every year, giving them a reliability rating to indicate how dependable your make and model of vehicle should be statistically. Naturally, the Mazda MX5 scored well in all areas.

Models up to three years old scored 97.4%, while models over three years old achieved a rating of 91.1% to beat off a host of rivals, including the Porsche Boxster, Audi TT and Mercedes-Benz SLK.

For MX5’s built between 1998 and 2005, cars which are now rapidly approaching classic status, Which? states:

“The Mazda MX5 is the automotive equivalent of a double espresso. Near-telepathic steering and handling make other cars (even some sports cars) feel woolly and dull by comparison. You can pick-up a decent used MX5 for just £1,500. We suggest you do.”

Mazda 6 estate (c) Mazda

Mazda reliability demonstrated its MX5 two-seater wasn’t just a one hit wonder. The firm’s Mazda 3 family hatchback scored a rating of 91.9% and topped its class for cars over three years old. Which? said:

“The Mazda 3 costs owners less in annual repair bills than the majority of new cars that are still within their three-year warranty period.”

The Mazda 6 estate proved its worth, with a score of 97.2% reliable, as did the Mazda 2, ranking in the top five supermini with a score of 96.4%.

We expect that the all-new Mazda 6 and the Mazda CX5 crossover will be hitting the top of the reliability charts once they click over the three-year-old threshold, too.

While the numbers were good across the board – and in particular for the MX5 – the car also earned high praise from the Which? Car Survey editorial team:

“For a sports car that will last for years and won’t cost a fortune in repairs, head to your local Mazda garage. The MX5 has the lowest number of faults and no annual repair costs in the first three years.”

Mazda 2 (c) Mazda

So, why not take the advice from those who know at Which? Check in to T W White & Sons Mazda showrooms in Bookham, Surrey, or Orpington, Kent to arrange a test drive, or alternatively contact our sales team on 0844 539 6753.

Have you ever driven a Mazda MX5? What do you like about the car? Maybe you’re interested in buying one new or second-hand but would like a bit more guidance?

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