California is the third-largest state in the United States. With a total area of more than 163,000 miles, the state of California stretches the entire Western coast of the U.S. all the way from the Mexico-U.S. border up to Oregon. It spans beaches, deserts, and forests and is home to some of the most noteworthy and influential cities nationwide—including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Driving long distances is not uncommon in California. Due to California’s size, the amount of space between many of its major cities, and highways like the 101 that stretch more than 1,000 miles and offer drivers a clear path up California’s coastline, living a California lifestyle is easier and more convenient when you’re driving certain cars over others.
Whether you’re embarking on your daily hour-long commute or planning a leisurely day trip up the coast, it’s important to make sure you’re driving a car that accommodates your California lifestyle. Keep reading to discover the top 5 best Mazda models for those who live and drive in California. These 5 cars are high-performing, fun and easy to drive, feature comfortable and stylish interiors and exteriors, and offer impressive fuel economy for commuters and road-trippers alike.
1. 2019 Mazda6
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The 2019 Mazda6 is an athletic mid-size sedan that is fun to drive and delivers impressive power and speed on the road. It comes standard with a 2.5-L, 4-cylinder engine that offers a smooth, speedy ride. If you’re a frequent visitor of the beautiful mountain ranges that are located throughout the state of California, the Mazda6 will help give you peace of mind on those high-up twisty roads.
This athletic sedan offers effortlessly excellent road grip and its steering and braking are extremely responsive even on rougher roads. The 2019 Mazda 6 also reaches up to 26 MPG on city streets and up to 35 MPG on the highway. Its impressive fuel economy makes this mid-size sedan an even better choice for long commutes or road trips. The base model of the 2019 Mazda6 will set you back approximately $23,800.
2. 2019 Mazda CX-3
The 2019 Mazda CX-3 is a subcompact crossover SUV that is ideal as a functional family vehicle and practical commuter car. Its sporty style and affordable starting price of just $20,390 is just icing on the cake. The fuel efficiency of Mazda’s CX-3 contributes to its role as a practical commuter car. This crossover reaches a combined gas mileage of up to 31 MPG for CX-3 models that are equipped with front-wheel drive.
3. 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Miata sports car is one of Mazda’s most well-known cars. This super stylish and sporty vehicle isn’t just for fun and looks, though.
It is actually a very practical car that is functional as well as fashionable for traversing city streets or coasting up California’s gorgeous coastline. The 2019 MX-5 Miata comes with a high-performing 2.0-L, 4-cylinder engine—which can be paired with either a 6-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission—and offers a high gas mileage that reaches up to 35 MPG on the highway. Its starting price is about $25,730, which makes Mazda’s MX-5 Miata very affordable as far as upscale sports cars go.
4. 2019 Mazda CX-5
The 2019 Mazda CX-5 is a compact SUV that comes with an effortless upscale, luxurious look and feel both inside and outside. It offers plenty of in cabin space, luxurious style and amenities, a smooth and comfortable ride, and an impressive fuel economy. When it is equipped with front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission, Mazda’s 2019 CX-5 delivers an impressive combined fuel economy of 28 MPG. This compact SUV is available at a starting price of approximately $24,350.
5. 2019 Mazda3
Braving those gridlocked California highways during your daily commute is a lot easier to bear when you’re driving a high-performing, reliable compact car like the 2019 Mazda3.
This compact passenger sedan has a stylish, sporty exterior and comes with a comfortable interior to keep passengers and drivers alike happy through long days on the road. Plus, it gets up to 27 MPG on city streets and up to 36 MPG on the highway. The 2019 Mazda3 is also budget-friendly with an affordable starting price of just $21,000.