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Mazda has been around for more than a century now, and in that time, the automaker has carved out signature technologies and designs. From what’s under the hood to their quiet and stylish interiors, Mazda makes their mark in a way other vehicles at this price bracket can’t match.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the core Mazda features found across models that make the automaker so special.

Skyactiv Vehicle Technology

Mazda’s Skyactiv vehicle technologies improve fuel efficiency and engine output in a way that helps the driver feel a sense of oneness between them, the road, and their vehicle. Since its inception in 2011, Skyactiv technologies have evolved considerably.

Over the last year, Mazda created a never-before-seen combustion method known as Spark-Controlled Compression Ignition that dramatically improves many important indicators like initial response and fuel economy.

Mazda’s “Jinba Ittai” philosophy, a Japanese phrase translating as “horse and rider as one,” is advanced through its Skyactiv technologies.

Predictive i-Activ AWD

Vehicles like the Mazda3, CX-5, and others are available in Mazda’s patented safety technology, known as i-Activ AWD. Sensors in the vehicle scan the road 200 times per second, then the vehicle can adjust accordingly to conditions.

From sending more torque to back wheels to cope with slippery roads to sensing windshield wiper operations, Mazdas know what’s going on outside your car. And with sensors that determine how the brakes are applied, or the steering wheel is turned, Mazda’s can sense and respond to the driver’s intention.

Underlying technology like i-Activ AWD helps make Mazdas drive smoothly and reliably. You can buy used Mazdas from recent years and still get very sophisticated technology, but for a lower price.

i-Activsense Safety Technology

Mazda’s suite of advanced safety technology, known as “i-Activsense,” helps make driving less stressful and safer for all road users. Mazda’s safety tech has evolved over the years, and today’s latest features will be used by drivers on every trip:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Smart City Brake Support
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • And more

The i-Activsense features have quickly become a Mazda staple.

Iconic Convertibles

Sometimes the magic of a vehicle is in the engineering details, but other times all you need to do is take one look at the car! The iconic Mazda MX5 is one of the all-time classic two-seat roadsters, but you may know it better as the Mazda Miata.

All you need to do is see the Miata zoom by with the roof down, and you’ll understand its appeal immediately. But you’ll really get it when you’re behind the wheel.

Refined Interiors

The cabins inside a Mazda have always been more refined than one may expect from a vehicle at this price bracket. From design details and quality materials to sophisticated infotainment systems, there are modern and classic elements of what makes the inside of Mazda vehicles so special.

Even the sound inside the cabin points to Mazda’s attention to detail. New models have the quietest cabin ever offered by Mazda, along with available Bose sound systems with strategically located speakers.

Opt for the high-level trims and get Nappa leather and Abachi wood trim, but every Mazda you buy will have an intelligently designed interior with more touches than you may expect.

Visit your local Mazda dealership to see these features in person. Reading about vehicles that have evolved for over a century is one thing, but going for a test drive and experiencing them for yourself is another.