Mazda Navajo
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34: Mazda Navajo

Thanks to a partnership with Ford that is decades-long, Mazda has always sold some sort of a Ford-badged truck. With the popularity of the Explorer in the early 1990s, the Navajo was a natural progression for the Japanese automaker to gain market share. You’ve probably seen the Navajo a time or two as there is still a good deal of them on the road. The truck didn’t have much to differentiate itself from the Ford Explorer other than a black grill and the fact it was a two-door.

Mazda Navajo
Photo Credit: Car Domain

Mazda seldom if ever mentions the Navajo, but the SUV was a big thing back in 1991. There was a massive marketing pitch and the company attempted to differentiate from its Explorer twin. This was both good and bad as the Navajo won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 1991. The fact that this is a Mazda and it offers a semi-attractive design means that you can get a capable SUV that stands out from the crowd for a fraction of the price.

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