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Mazda MX-5 and Kia Sedona make Consumer Reports top ten for reliability

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Mazda MX-5 and Kia Sedona make Consumer Reports top ten for reliability

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The diminutive Mazda and ever reliable Kia both made it into the top ten in the ‘Consumer Reports 10 Most Reliable Cars’ survey this year. In a survey dominated by Toyota and it’s luxury brand Lexus, both the MX-5 and the Kia Sedona both placed well.

That’s especially true for the MX-5. It came from 12th position last year to number 3. The Kia people carrier also performed well but that was to be expected if our own experiences with the vehicle are anything to go by. It has always started first time, always worked and has always been ready to go.

2019 Mazda MX-5
Now officially one of the most reliable cars on the road, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 is a superb roadster. It’s small and perfectly formed and with more power this year, it is more fun than ever. The engine has been tweaked to deliver 188 hp and the chassis and suspension are tuned to make the most of that power.

Supportive seats, nimble driving characteristics and great looks make this a no-brainer of small sports cars are your thing. You sit low to the ground and the feedback from the road is second to none at this price. While not designed for highway cruising, the MX-5 is comfortable in any situation.

2019 Kia Sedona
The 2019 Kia Sedona is at the other end of the scale. It’s a people carrier with room for up to eight adults and cargo in back. The redesigned MPV has gone down very well with owners thanks to good looks, a frugal but responsive 3.3-litre V6 engine and a smooth automatic transmission.

The design is modest and understated and does what it can to modernize the required size and shape of an MPV. The chassis and suspension are refined and minimize body roll while the interior has been well constructed and has some very thoughtful design and storage features.

The findings from Consumer Reports are a validation of the journey these two brands have been on. Mazda works tirelessly to deliver reliable cars that are a little different from the competition in all the right ways. Kia is still delivering the potential this brand has proven it is worthy of and both are excellent choices for car buyers.

The two models featured are at opposite ends of the spectrum but are typical of the build quality, design and fit for purpose intent the two automakers are known for. The Mazda is one of the most popular and affordable roadsters in the world while the Kia has come a long way from its boxy beginnings to become a viable contender in a small but hotly contested minivan market.

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