Who Makes Mazda Cars, and Are They Good Cars?

Japan-based Mazda Motor Corporation makes all Mazda cars, and it has manufacturing plants in 13 countries around the world. In 2015, Mazda tied Subaru for the second-best light vehicles on the market.

Founded in 1920, the Japan-based Mazda Motor Corporation makes approximately one million cars per year, with the vast majority produced in Japan. Consumers and experts alike consider modern Mazda cars to be safe and worth the investment, according to companies such as Consumer Reports and Edmunds. Kelley Blue Book awarded the 2015 Mazda5, 2015 Mazda6 and the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata as winners of its "2015 Five-Year Cost To Own Award." After considering safety data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. News ranked the 2015 Mazda3 as the third-best affordable small car.

Mazda partnered with the Ford Motor Company from 1979 to 2010 and helped to develop vehicles such as the Ford Explorer. Mazda, along with its competitors, pursues cutting-edge innovation and development. Mazda has made a reputation for itself as a company that makes cars that are fun to drive. While this sacrifices some space and comfort features, many customers prefer an exciting driving experience to plush comforts.