Looking for a new car that’s easy on the pocketbook? Downtown Arlington residents will love the new Mazda models, three of which took top awards in the Kelley Blue Book’s “2015 5-Year Cost To Own” category. From low initial purchase prices to high fuel economy and outstanding reliability, today’s Mazdas are a perfect choice for busy Arlington commuters. Check out these top four Mazdas that won’t break the bank.

2015 Mazda3

Mazda 3

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Just because you’re shopping for an economy car doesn’t mean all that matters is fuel economy and price; you still want a car that’s stylish and fun to drive. That’s where the 2015 Mazda3 crushes its closest competitors, the Honda Civic and VW Golf. The snappy 184 horsepower engine just sips at the gas tank, getting an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined. The Mazda3 is available in two body styles, a 4-door sedan (base MSRP $16,945), and a 5-door hatchback (base MSRP $18,945), and both are packed with top of the line technology.

The Mazda3 gets top marks for safety, driveability, and overall value; equipped with every possible option, the Grand Touring model is still just $25,000.

2015 Mazda5

Why shell out tons of money for a full-sized minivan when you get the same conveniences and seating options with the Mazda5? The 5’s compact footprint, combined with sliding doors, folding seats, and ample storage cubbies makes hauling the troops to Harold Patterson Sport Center for Saturday soccer a snap. Its $21,240 base MSRP is super affordable, even for families on a budget. Its EPA-estimated 28 mpg is best in class for a nonhybrid vehicle and ensures you won’t go broke at the pump.

2016 Mazda CX-5

A crossover is the perfect choice for those with active Texas lifestyles, and the CX-5 is a high-performance vehicle you can buy on a budget. The CX-5 is equally at home racked with bikes on the road to River Legacy Park or navigating the narrow streets of historic Arlington for a concert at Arlington Music Hall. You’ll love the luxurious interior packed with high-tech features such as the Mazda Connect infotainment system you’d never expect in a vehicle with a $21,795 base MSRP. You can even get the CX-5 in an all-wheel drive model for serious off-road adventures. Its EPA estimated 35 mpg makes it painless to fill the tank.

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Its not often a sports car gets an award for affordability, but the 2015 MX-5 Miata did just that, proving sporty style and powerful performance doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Available in manual soft-top and power hard-top convertible options, Mazda’s classic roadster is a dream on the open roads. A well equipped base model starts at $23,970, and you can get a fully loaded 25th Anniversary edition for around $28,000. You’ll appreciate the EPA estimated 28 mpg, too.

When you’re in the market for an affordable car that’s stylish and fun to drive, you can’t go wrong with these four great Mazda vehicles.

Top 4 Affordable Mazdas for Downtown Arlington Residents

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