Mazda hasn't rushed into electrification, but is working with Toyota on an electric vehicle platform and plans to introduce an EV next year, along with plug-in hybrids shortly thereafter, executives have said. Likewise, Mazda has said it's working on a rotary-engine range extender for EVs. Mazda hasn't offered specifics on future electrified models.
Mazda3: Redesigned for the 2019 model year with an all-wheel-drive option, the 3 comes as a conventional sedan or a wildly styled hatchback. Both come slathered in premium, including a red leather interior, for an extra cost. Sticker prices, including shipping, can reach to just shy of $30,000. What's not yet available in the U.S. is the Skyactiv-X engine that uses compression ignition like a diesel for a better mix of power, fuel economy and emissions. Europe gets it first, and North America later. A freshening is likely for the 2022 model year and a redesign for 2025.
Mazda6: Heavily freshened for the 2018 model year with upscale interior treatments and a newly available turbocharged engine, the midsize sedan also added the top Signature trim. Sales are off sharply this year despite the improvements. Mazda has promised to offer a diesel engine (the same one now offered in the CX-5) as well as awd on the sedan. Those may have to wait for the redesign, perhaps in 2021. Or Mazda may opt for the Skyactiv-X engine after it proves itself in Europe and skip the diesel.
MX-5 Miata: The fourth-generation sports car was freshened for the 2019 model year with a boost in horsepower, a telescoping steering wheel and new trim packages. There was also a 30th-anniversary limited edition. A redesign — or maybe an extensive freshening, given how well the car has aged — should come for the 2022 model year.
CX-3: Mazda's sprightly subcompact crossover is ready for a new generation. Sales are sharply down this year (as they are for all Mazda products) and the last minor freshening came for the 2019 model year. Once the CX-30 arrives next year, a next-gen CX-3 could follow in 2021.
CX-30: Sharing a platform with the Mazda3, the crossover should come early next year. The CX-30 is likely to share the 2.5-liter engine from its car sibling, the same awd system and premium materials on the higher trims. Sitting between the CX-3 and the CX-5, it could be considered big for a subcompact or small for a compact. Its price, too, should slot between its siblings, starting in the low-$20,000 range and topping out in the mid-$30,000s.
CX-5: Mazda's top seller in the U.S., the stylish compact crossover received much needed attention this year, including an optional turbocharged engine, an available twin- turbo diesel engine on the Signature trim (for just over $42,000, including shipping), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus premium options such as ventilated seats and a surround-view camera. The only option missing is perhaps the Skyactiv-X engine, which could come on the next generation, likely for the 2021 or 2022 model year.
New crossover (CX-7?): With the pending arrival of the CX-30, Mazda has nowhere to go but up in the sizing of its Alabama-built crossover arriving in 2021. It will likely sit between the CX-5 and CX-9 and could revive the CX-7 nameplate. Mazda will make the new crossover as part of a joint venture with Toyota. The companies are expected to share some components, but little else.
CX-9: Mazda's biggest crossover was freshened for the 2019 model year and received a retuned suspension for a better ride, more standard safety technology, optional wood insets and other premium touches.
A redesign could emerge for the 2022 model year.