What is PainRank™?

PainRank™ is a scoring system by CarComplaints.com that uses relative complaint analysis to determine which vehicles suffer the most defects. It's more than just complaint volume as the score also considers the average cost of repairs, the mileage at failure, the age of the vehicle, among other factors.

Bottom line: the higher the score, the more painful it is to own.

Mazda Generation Reliability

Mazda generations have an average PainRank™ of 3.83.

RankModelComplaintsScore
36th1st Generation CX-5 (2013-2016)32124.84
35th2nd Generation MAZDA3 (2009-2013)29018.95
34th1st Generation CX-7 (2007-2012)14411.43
33rd1st Generation MAZDA3 (2004-2008)1219.97
32nd3rd Generation MAZDA3 (2014-2018)1139.88
31st1st Generation CX-9 (2007-2015)2108.65
30th2nd Generation CX-5 (2017-2019)448.59
29th1st Generation MAZDA6 (2003-2008)938.17
28th1st Generation Tribute (2001-2006)1567.95
27th3rd Generation MAZDA6 (2013-2020)936.59
26th2nd Generation MAZDA6 (2009-2012)815.17
25th2nd Generation Tribute (2008-2011)514.97
24th2nd Generation MAZDA5 (2006-2011)614.68
23rd1st Generation RX-8 (2004-2008)273.6
22nd5th Generation MAZDASPEED6 (2006-2007)82.96
21st3rd Generation MAZDA5 (2012-2015)192.89
20th2nd Generation MPV (2000-2006)532.23
19th8th Generation Protege (1999-2003)491.89
18th1st Generation CX-3 (2016-2020)171.75
17th7th Generation Protege (1995-1998)131.33
16th2nd Generation CX-9 (2016-2020)161.22
15th4th Generation MX-5 Miata (2016-2020)101.2
14th5th Generation B3000 (1999-2003)161.08
13th3rd Generation MX-5 Miata (2006-2015)251.05
12th4th Generation MAZDA3 (2019-2020)40.97
11th3rd Generation MAZDA2 (2008-2015)170.88
10th2nd Generation MAZDASPEED3 (2010-2013)80.88
9th5th Generation B2300 (2001-2006)70.77
8th5th Generation B4000 (1999-2007)30.54
7th1st Generation MPV (1992-1999)140.49
6th2nd Generation MX-5 Miata (1999-2005)120.37
5th2nd Generation RX-8 (2009-2011)20.34
4th6th Generation Protege (1990-1994)60.32
3rd4th Generation MAZDA2 (2016-2016)10.25
2nd4th Generation B2600 (1989-1992)40.12
1st1st Generation MX-5 Miata (1990-1998)50.08
N/A2nd Generation MAZDA2 (2003-2007)0N/A
N/A5th Generation B2500 (1998-2001)7N/A
N/A1st Generation MAZDA2 (2004-2004)0N/A
N/A1st Generation CX-30 (2020-2020)0N/A
N/A1st Generation MX-5 Miata RF (2018-2020)0N/A

Have a complaint about your vehicle?

The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.