Moments of Mazda Happiness

Mazda insists that its cars make you happy. But is it true? We collected stories from drivers across the world to discover what makes them #MazdaHappy. 

Mazda takes enjoyment very seriously. The company’s commitment to the joy of driving can be seen not just across the entire Mazda range, which brims with signature technology and captivating designs, but also felt through exhilarating driving dynamics and reassuring safety features. In essence, each Mazda that rolls off the production line in Hiroshima is designed to deliver the most uplifting drive experience possible. Here, a smile is the most important metric.

To find out just how Mazda is baking happiness into every one of its head-turning designs, Mazda Stories connected with a group of drivers, enthusiasts, and employees in locations that stretch from the rocky coastlines of western Canada to southeastern Australia by way of bustling central Europe.

The Canadian Car Camper

“My Mazda has been my port in the storm—I will always love her.”

Lacey gallant, ALberta, Canada

For Lacey Gallant, her Mazda3 isn’t just a car. The small hatchback has played a big part in gifting her what she describes as “some of the best moments of my life.” And, she says, “It has also been there for me during the worst.” She has just returned from an epic cross-country road trip in her Mazda3 Hatchback—a journey not just of sweeping roads and mountain passes, but also of personal growth, faithful friendship, and never-ending adventure.

The Mazda MX‑5 Miata Master

“It’s the perfect recipe for unforgettable drives and thrilling adventures.”

Peter dannock, Melbourne, Australia

Having owned not just one Mazda MX‑5 Miata, but six of them throughout his life, Melbourne-based Peter Dannock is a member of the Mazda MX‑5 Miata club of Victoria and Tasmania, a 1,000-strong organization that pays tribute to one of the marque’s most celebrated vehicles. Remarkably, in 2023, Peter clocked over 9,320 miles across the “winding roads” of Europe, in a bucket-list trip for which he purchased a Mazda MX‑5 Miata especially. “The model epitomizes what it means to have a spirited drive,” he says.

The Instagrammer

“The car has a certain personality—I still smile every time I see it.”

Jonathan Oliva, SAN JOSE, US

Jonathan Oliva, or @jonlovingscx30 as he’s known on Instagram, is passionate about his Mazda CX‑30 and the joy it brings him, whether that’s snapping the SUV at sunset or cruising from sunny San Jose down to Monterey and then down the 17-mile drive towards California’s picturesque Pebble Beach. He says this is “the perfect day” in his Mazda CX‑30, which he has affectionately nicknamed Alexandria.

The Roadster Roamer

“A car can be such a special space—you can just get in and it makes you smile.”

Yuna Koda, HIROSHIMA, Japan

Yuna Koda, who works in Mazda’s Global Brand Promotion Department and drives a Mazda MX‑5 Miata, not only appreciates how the eye-catching vehicle is made from an insider’s perspective, but also how it creates communities and connections with other people. “I think the great thing about owning a Mazda MX‑5 Miata is not just the appeal of the car itself, but also the people you meet when you own it,” she says.

“Also, driving can lift my mood and put me in a very positive mindset,” she adds. “Driving on a new road helps me to reset my thoughts and clear my mind.” For Yuna, working on local community collaborations within Mazda’s hometown of Hiroshima is just as exciting as driving her Mazda MX‑5 Miata roadster. “I feel that we have been able to bring some excitement and delight to the community,” she says.

The Wilderness Wanderer

“It’s now my favorite car that I’ve ever owned.”


Megan Stancik, a US Army veteran now working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, took her Mazda CX‑3 on a journey from Pennsylvania to Alaska. This cross-country odyssey saw her tackling blizzards in the mountains of Montana, facing “rough terrain” in British Columbia, and conquering plenty of challenging driving conditions in the permafrost of Alaska. After clocking up nearly 8,600 miles, “the Mazda CX‑3 is still going strong,” she says proudly, and is “now my favorite car that I’ve ever owned.”

The Electric Convert

“The Mazda team built a vehicle specifically for people who enjoy driving.”

Gerry Cox, PORT COQUITLAM, Canada

Once a motorcycling enthusiast, Port Coquitlam-based Gerry Cox now waxes lyrical about the joys of EV ownership and the like-minded drivers he and his wife Lynn meet on the road in British Columbia and further afield. “We plan to enjoy driving it for many, many years,” he says. “The Mazda MX‑30 is a great conversation starter with others we meet.”

The Lifelong Mazda Fan

“They put a smile on my face whenever I’m driving.”


For Matt Kessler, buying his first Mazda some 50 years ago was all about having “faith in this little innovative company and its rotary engine,” he says. Having driven a Mazda RX‑3 and a Mazda RX‑4 wagon for a number of years, Matt now has a trio of Mazdas at home: a 1999 Mazda Miata 10AE, a 2017 Mazda Miata RF Grand Touring, and a 2020 Mazda CX‑5 Grand Touring Reserve. “They have been like family members now for 50 years,” he says happily.  

The Mazda Insider

“We aim for a harmonious blend of elements. Each material complements the overall design.”

Alena Gersonde, BERLIN, Germany

Alena Gersonde, a Senior Designer of Color, Material and Finish at Mazda Motor Europe, finds that contentment and joy don’t just come from a drive, but can also be expressed in the form of unified design. This philosophy stemmed from her family, as her grandfather was a car mechanic and her father a graphic designer. For Alena, the owner of a Mazda and a fan of its quality and comfort, every curve, outline, and silhouette presents an opportunity for creative expression. “The intersection of sustainability, advanced materials, and evolving consumer preferences opens up exciting possibilities,” she says.

Are you #MazdaHappy? Use the hashtag and share your story across social media this International Day of Happiness (March 20).

Words Ed Cooper