Mazda Depreciation: 7 Popular Models Compared

When you’re buying a car, it’s certain that it will lose its value overtime.

But some cars don’t depreciate as much as the others.

In this post, I decided to check how much you will lose buying 7 popular Mazda cars. Also, I will reveal how to slow down Mazda’s depreciation.

Do Mazdas Hold Their Value?

Because of the advanced gas and diesel engine development, Mazda is among car brands that hold value well. In the first 3 years from the production, most popular Mazda cars hold on average 72% of their value, and after 5 years, 59%.

Just take a look at how an average popular Mazda car holds its value in the first 12 years.

Average Mazda Car Depreciation

As you can see, Mazda loses its value quite slightly expect the 1st and 6th year.

I’ve shown you the average Mazda car depreciation, but we don’t know how the particular models of Mazdas depreciate.

I’ve prepared you the most popular Mazdas and their depreciation tables so you can compare which Mazdas lose value the most.

1. Mazda 6
mazda 6

Mazda 6 is among one of the most popular Mazdas in the world. Its popularity makes sense because it’s a reliable car, but when it comes to the most popular Mazdas, it loses its value relatively quickly.

Mazda 6 depreciates on average 7,25% per year.

Selling price: $29.500

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In this article, you can see the depreciation comparison between Mazda and Toyota and make a final decision on which brand is more affordable for you.

2. Mazda 3
mazda 3

It’s a great-looking hatchback, but recently you can buy it also in the sedan version. It loses its value pretty slow, so it can be a great choice for you.

Mazda 3 depreciates on average 6,25% per year.

Selling price: $23.000

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How long will your Mazda 3 and other models last? Check this out in this article!

3. Mazda CX-5
mazda cx5

This small and light SUV with an interesting design is a car with great reviews, and its depreciation rate makes it even more attractive.

Mazda CX-5 depreciates on average 6,33% per year.

Selling price: $29.000

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You can also here compare the depreciation of the most popular Mazda and Honda models.

4. Mazda CX-9
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Mazda CX-9 is the biggest car that Mazda produces. Big cars tend to depreciate quickly, but here it’s not the case.

Mazda CX-9 depreciates on average 6,6% per year.

Selling price: $39.000

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5. Mazda CX-30
mazda cx30

A compact, crossover, perfect to drive in the city. Great equipment and relatively low depreciation is what its users really like.

Mazda CX-30 depreciates on average 6,75% per year.

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Selling price: $27.000

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6. Mazda CX-3
mazda cx3

This car debuted in 2015, and since that time, it became very popular in the world. Also, it is acceptable when it comes to value loss.

Mazda CX-3 depreciates on average 6,75% per year.

Selling price: $24.000

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If you want to know where Mazda CX-3 and other models are produced, go to this article.

7. Mazda MX-5 Miata
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This sports car is one of the biggest successes of Mazda. MX-5 Miata looks great, and its depreciation is the slowest among top Mazda models. If you don’t have a family, it might be an interesting option for you.

Mazda MX-5 Miata depreciates on average 5,07% per year.

Selling price: $31.000

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Do Mazdas Hold Their Value Well Compared to Similar Car Brands?

Like I mentioned before, Mazdas hold their value relatively well, but how exactly? Let’s take a look at the ranking of the top 10 car brands with the slowest depreciation rate.

car brands with the slowest 3-years depreciation rate

As you can see, Mazda, compared to other car brands, holds its value really well. It’s the 5th slowest depreciating car brand in the world, with a depreciation rate of only 47.4% after 3 years.

It’s worth mentioning that in the top 5 slowest depreciating cars in the world, 4 of them come from Japan. Why is so?

You can find it out in the next paragraphs.

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Why do Mazdas Hold Their Value so Well?

Mazdas hold their value so well because of the reliable engines that they use. Mazda doesn’t go into the trend of downsizing and still offers reliable, big engines that last longer.

Nowadays it’s relatively easy to find big cars like SUVs or Minivans with an engine size of 1.2 or 1.3 liters. Mazda doesn’t use such engines and that’s why this brand still holds its value well.

Mazda uses bigger engines like 1.8 diesel or 2.0 gasoline that are reliable and last a long time. Also, these engines are pretty popular, and as we know, when the demand is high, the price is also higher.

Of course, small Mazdas like Mazda 2 use 1.5 liters engines, but it’s more than enough for such small cars.

Mazda also keeps its value because of its practicalness. Most of their cars have 5 doors, are comfortable, with good equipment- a great option for most customers.

After How Many Years is it Worth to Buy Mazda?

The best time to buy a Mazda car is 1 year after the manufacture. If you sell it after 4 years, you will lose only 25% of its value. You should avoid buying a Mazda right in the manufacture year because in one year you can lose up to 16% of its value.

Generally, it makes sense to buy a Mazda that is from 1 to 5 years old. However, you should keep in mind that when your Mazda is 5 years old, in the 6th year, it will lose more value than usual (about 10%).

I think it would be a good idea to buy a 1-year-old Mazda and sell it after 4 years, before higher depreciation.

Is it also a good idea to purchase a Mazda that is more than 6 years old. You not only have a relatively cheap car, but the depreciation isn’t so rapid. You can lose only about 4-5% per year. If you buy a Mazda with decent mileage, and from the owner who cared about his car, it might be a great deal.

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Do Mazdas Depreciate More if You Have the Accident?

Mazdas like any other car brand depreciate more after accidents. Doesn’t matter if you had a serious accident or a slight bump- a car after an accident is worth 5-15% less because the demand for such cars is lower.

And it doesn’t matter where and how you fix your car after an accident. Your Mazda might look intact, but it will change its status into repairable, which makes it less attractive for the potential customer.

How to Slow Down a Mazda’s Depreciation?

There are a couple of ways how you can slow down your Mazda’s depreciation and sell it for more money.

  1. Don’t drive when you don’t need to.
    As we know, when your car’s mileage is high, it will be worth less money. If you want to sell it more expensively, you should keep the mileage low. If the distance is low, ride your bike or walk. It will be better for your health and wallet. But don’t be too crazy about it. Saving even 100 miles a year is a good result.
  2. Record a service history
    Would you rather buy a car with a full record of service history or a car without any service documents? That’s right! If you keep records of services, you can increase the value of your car even by a few percent.
  3. Don’t forget about the maintenance
    Proper maintenance is key. If you don’t regularly change oil, filters, engine coolant, camshaft, etc, forget about selling your car at a reasonable price. If you do maintenance, your engine will last longer, and you won’t have to spend too much money on servicing.
  4. Clean and wash your car at least twice a month
    When your car looks good outside and inside, it has a way higher chance of being sold for a higher price. It is hard to clean or wash your car twice a month, but it’s definitely worth it.
  5. Drive carefully to avoid scratches and dents
    A scratch or a dent can happen to every car driver. And they lower your car’s value. If you want to avoid scratches or dents, drive carefully. And for example, when you’re parking in the parking lots, park your car far away from cars so that you can minimize the risk of a scratch.

Do Mazdas Break Down Often? How Much does Fixing Cost?

Mazdas are reliable cars and they don’t break down often. If you properly maintain your Mazda, it can break down, but not more than once a year.

Of course it depends from a model, but the common problems of Mazdas are:

  • Clutch failure (about $500 to fix)
  • Rust (about $500 to remove)
  • Diesel engines DPF problem (about $150 to regenerate)

If your Mazda is new (less than 2 years), you shouldn’t expect it to break down. If you have an older Mazda, it’s safe to assume that you will pay on average about $200-$400 per year to fix the problems.

Believe me, it’s not a lot of money.

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Overall, How Much can a Mazda Cost You per Year?

Now let’s calculate how much in total you can expect to pay for your Mazda every year. I will consider all costs, including depreciation. Keep in mind that these are average numbers and can vary in each model.

  • Repairs: $300
  • Insurance: $1300
  • Car inspection: $40
  • Maintenance (tire change, oil change, filters, etc.): $100
  • Fuel: $1000
  • Depreciation: $1300

In total: $4040

$4040 seems a lot and we often don’t think that we pay that much for a car. But I included all costs related to having a car, like fuel, insurance, and depreciation which most people skip.

My overall conclusion? Mazda is one of the cheapest cars to maintain and it’s worth buying. The depreciation is one of the lowest, and you won’t lose too much money buying it.