• Here's what you want to know about the 2024 Mazda model lineup in Canada.
At Mazda, 2024 is a year of continuity. Though like any label, that’s not absolute - the company is making a few changes to its range here and there, to keep it relevant.
Here's an overview of what's changing and what's staying the same, in three categories - cars, SUVs and, EVs. One EV, to be precise.
Current generation: 2019
The Mazda3 is the only sedan in the Mazda range, but it's well established. It returns in the same form in 2024, though it does benefit from a few improvements to keep up with the times, as it begins to age. It's still available as a sedan or 5-door hatchback, and with certain variants it's possible to opt for all-wheel drive.
The first thing that strikes you for 2024 is the withdrawal of the former 2.0L 4-cylinder base engine. The range now begins with a 2.5L 4-cylinder offering 191 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. GX, GS and GT models are equipped as standard. The GT variant can be fitted with an optional 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder, which boosts performance to 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel. Otherwise, we're talking 227 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.
A 6-speed automatic transmission is present throughout, as with all other models in the range except the CX-90. A 6-speed manual transmission is still on the menu, but is only offered with the GT version of the Mazda3 Sport (hatchback).
Speaking of this Sport version, it welcomes the Suna trim level in 2024.
Finally, note that Turbo versions offer wireless connection to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications as standard, as well as wireless smartphone charging. A 10.25-inch screen is also included, and it’s available as an option with other variants.
Current generation: 2016
The MX-5 may be getting on in years, but like good wine. What's more, sales of the MX-5 in North America rose sharply in 2023, a sign that consumers are coming back for more, and that they still appreciate the existing formula.
For 2024, a number of changes are to be highlighted, including some more significant ones that affect the model's behaviour. One of them is a new limited-slip differential introduced by Mazda to improve handling. The automaker has also updated the electric power steering system, with a new rack-and-pinion steering system.
Inside we find other upgrades, for example the centre console that sports additional padding for greater comfort. All MX-5 models also benefit from a new 8.8-inch multimedia screen that adds touch functionality when using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto applications. What's more, Amazon Alexa integration allows drivers to stay focused on the road with hands-free controls.
Finally, the MX-5 continues to use a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which delivers 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.
The GS version is mated exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission, while with all the others (GS-P and GT), you can choose between the manual and an automatic gearbox, also with six gears.
As for the RF version with retractable hardtop, it's still on the menu, in GT configuration with Grand Sport package, with manual gearbox only.