4 Mazda models voted best of 2021 by experts

When Protégez-Vous magazine speaks, the public listens.

This publication analyzes all spheres of consumption and informs Quebecers on the best purchases to make. Its impartiality and solid reputation are well established. This adds an interesting element to the honours received by four Mazda vehicles that were chosen as “best choices” by the magazine. The models in question are the Mazda CX-5, CX-30 and CX-3 SUVs, as well as the compact Mazda3. 

Your Chicoutimi dealership in the heart of the Saguenay region, L’Ami Junior Mazda, opens its doors for you to come and discover all its reliable and high-performance Mazda models. Whether you’re looking for a new Mazda car, a Mazda SUV for the family or a certified pre-owned car in Chicoutimi, we have it all. Let’s take a look at what each of these models has to offer, and you’ll understand why the magazine holds them in high regard. 


If the Mazda3 was the company’s flagship vehicle in the 2000s, the Mazda CX-5 played the same role in the 2010s. This model arrived on the market at the right time when the popularity of SUVs was really taking off. Better yet, the CX-5 showed us what Mazda was capable of. Indeed, this vehicle was the first to be born of the Skyactiv philosophy. The idea behind it, basically, was to challenge engineers to think outside the box, whether it was for the chassis, the mechanicals, or the transmissions. The result was spectacular. 

The CX-5 has established itself as a class leader and when it comes to driving pleasure, it’s simply the best in the compact SUV segment. As a bonus, it has proven to be extremely reliable over the years. It can even be delivered with a very high-end trim level, Signature. Moreover, there are three engines on the menu, including a diesel and a turbocharged variant. 


The Mazda3 is the other big star of the family. Whether you enjoy it as a sedan or a hatchback, it offers a balanced driving experience that’s close to perfection for this class. The steering is very well balanced, as are the brakes. The chassis serves up a perfect marriage of comfort and firmness. In short, you always have a great time behind the wheel. Since 2018, the year the current generation was introduced, we enjoy the best on board with, among other things, a revised and improved presentation, both aesthetically and in terms of quality and technology. In fact, we’re treated to the latest generation of the company’s multimedia system; the 3 has never been so connected. 


The same can be said of the Mazda CX-30, because in its case, its debut dates back to last year only. It benefits from the company’s latest technological advances and, like the Mazda3, is also available with two naturally aspirated engines (2.0- and 2.5-litre 4-cylinders) as well as a turbocharged unit (a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder). What’s interesting about this model gaining popularity is that it offers many of the advantages of the Mazda3, such as a dynamic driving experience, while adding more cargo space and all-wheel drive. In fact, the CX-30 will suit those who find the 3 too small, and vice versa. 


Finally, our overview ends with the Mazda CX-3, which made its debut in 2016 and, like its brothers-in-arms, was a sensation from the start. Based on the Mazda2’s chassis, it brilliantly took over by offering the same fun driving experience, but adding two selling ingredients, all-wheel drive and a bit more cargo space. And, like other Mazda products, the CX-3 has been reliable since its introduction. Reliability is not a mirage at Mazda; the company has been recognized as the best in 2020 by the bible of automotive evaluation, the Consumer Reports magazine. 

Interested in one of these models or another Mazda vehicle? Your L’Ami Junior Mazda dealer is waiting for you!

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Posted in , On Aug 05, 2021