Earning awards from enthusiast publications is nothing new for Mazda. Its cars and crossovers almost routinely beat the competition in comparisons done by such groups. However, many buyers of Mazda products are not dyed in the wool car nuts. They are just regular people looking for a great family vehicle. For that large group of shoppers, Mazda now has another trophy to show off.
Good Housekeeping has awarded both the Mazda3 and CX-5 a Best New Car of 2018 award. Each won their respective segments. The Mazda3 topped the “Best Standard Compact” segment and the CX-5 was deemed best in the very competitive “Compact Crossover” segment.
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The CX-5’s win is validation that the updates in 2017 and minor changes in 2018 to this crossover helped to keep it ahead, even with an all-new Honda CR-V in the mix. (See our comparison of Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Ultimate vs Honda CR-V Touring). With available luxury features like a color head-up display, heated steering wheel, and adaptive front headlights, the Mazda CX-5 has many options that are not available on cars like the RAV4 and CR-V. The engineers on the Good Housekeeping team said of the CX-5, “Our engineers were blown away by how quiet it was inside — even on the highway! The redesigned vehicle boasts added insulation and extra seals around windows and doors.” They went on to add, “It's a solid SUV that feels far more high-end and sophisticated than its price tag suggests.”
The Mazda3 also earned the praise of the Good Housekeeping staff, who said, “Its interior doesn't feel cramped, and the smartly designed controls are easy to reach on the dashboard and steering wheel for an ergonomic driving experience.” See Torque News' comparison of 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited vs. Mazda3 S Grand Touring and which is right for you.
No other automaker earned more top spots than Mazda in this year’s Good Housekeeping awards.
Now let's look forward to the 2019 Miata because the 2019 Miata will be the most powerful of all times due to these aggressive changes.
This story is updated on June 30th, of 2018.