Compact Mazdas have roots in a series of models stretching back to the 1960s—they were known in the American market by names like GLC, 323 and Protegé. In 2004, an all-new model debuted with an all-new name: Mazda3. The surprisingly athletic economy car earned nearly universal praise for its fine road manners.
Following a 2010 redesign, the Mazda3 entered its second generation. Hailed by critics for affordability and sportiness, the sedan and hatchback models seat five—though rear seats aren't meant for brawny individuals. And with SkyActiv technology, it adds exceptional fuel economy to the mix: up to 40 mpg on the highway.