Mazda vehicles are now more reliable than Toyota, Lexus according to study

Updated Nov 20, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It is the first time for Mazda to top the survey.

Needless to say, Toyota vehicles are affixed in people’s minds as one of the most reliable vehicles in the world. This is probably one of the reasons why Filipino car buyers choose Toyota as compared to other brands.  

The reliability factor of Toyota made it the top-selling car brand in the Philippines for the longest time now. Now, the Lexus brand is under Toyota and serves as its luxury division. As such, Lexus is one of the popular luxury vehicle brands in the Philippines due to its overall styling.

2020 Mazda CX-5 front profile shot

The 5-seater Mazda CX-5 Crossover

However, a study conducted in the United States revealed that Toyota is not the most reliable car brand. According to Consumer Report’s 2020 Auto Reliability Survey, the most reliable car brand in the U.S. is Mazda. Consumer Reports stated that the key to Mazda’s success is “it redesigns models conservatively—and has avoided introducing risky new powertrains and infotainment systems.”  

Not only did the ‘less is more’ approach of Mazda gained its reputation as the most reliable car brand, but also helped the Mazda 3 bag the World Car Design of the Year for 2020. As such, you could expect that Mazda will further strive to make its model lineup even better in the following years.

Mazda 3 front view

One of the most popular Mazda vehicles, the Mazda 3

Toyota and Lexus came in second and third respectively for reliability. The survey says that all Toyota models have average or better reliability, while the Lexus has outstanding reliability except for its premium LS sedan that comes with below-average reliability.

“A car might be great to drive and have all the features you want, but all that won’t matter to you if you have to keep going back to the dealer for repairs,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “We use extensive feedback from owners to help you avoid hassles by choosing a reliable car.”

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Know more about Mazda CX-5 2023

Mazda CX-5

The 2023 Mazda CX-5 is a compact five-seater crossover. In the Philippine market, this model is available in three variants. There’s the CX-5 Sport, CX-5 Sport AWD, and the CX-5 Turbo. These come with a price tag of Php 1,890,000, Php 1,990,000, and Php 2,380,000 respectively.  

Under the hood of the CX-5 Sport AWD is a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine that outputs 187 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. The entry-level CX-5 Sport meanwhile uses a smaller 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that can make up to 154 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque.  Both use a six-speed automatic gearbox, but the 2.5-liter variant uses an all-wheel-drive layout, while the 2.0-liter variant comes with a front-wheel-drive layout.

The top-spec CX-5 variant meanwhile, uses a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-banger that can produce up to 249 horsepower and 434 Nm of torque. It also uses a six-speed automatic tranny, and assumes an all-wheel-drive layout. 

Size-wise, the Philippine-spec Mazda CX-5 is 4,550mm long, 1,840mm wide, and 1,680mm in height. The top-spec model is a bit longer at 4,575mm.  

Locally, the Mazda CX-5 competes against the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, Ford Territory, among others. 

₱ 1,890,000 - ₱ 2,380,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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