Mazda announced Friday it will be discontinuing its 6 sedan and its CX-3 crossover for the United States after the 2021 model year.
"For more than 100 years, Mazda has successfully navigated shifting consumer needs and an ever-changing industry with beautifully designed vehicles that are fun to drive," Mazda saidin a brief press release. "As consumer interests continue to evolve, Mazda will discontinue CX-3 and Mazda6 for the 2022 model year. Although these two vehicles will be leaving our lineup, we are proud of the performance, design, quality, and safety they contributed to our brand."
The current Mazda 6, now on its third generation since 2012, has been for sale for nearly two decades. The most memorable variant, the sporty Mazdaspeed 6, made 274 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.3-liter engine, sending power to all four wheels via a manual transmission. We praised the car's first-rate handling, overall grip, and competent all-wheel-drive systemin our first drive reviewback when it was new.
The CX-3, introduced in 2015 to capitalize on the growing market for small, affordable crossovers, received a refresh in 2018 and then another in 2020. We called it "as happy as a golden retriever puppy with a new tennis ball when the roads get twisty" inour first drive review.