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2015 Mazda Miata MX-5 KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $24,765

Fair Purchase Price $23,311
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Invoice $23,456
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Matt Degen - Updated Date: 5/16/2014

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and though it has matured over the years to offer features like a retractable hardtop, its simple formula continues to work its magic. The Miata's potion for emotion goes like this: Start with a 2-seat roadster body that boasts the best handling this side of a go kart, add a zippy engine and rear-wheel drive, give it an attainable price, then let it set you free. Tradeoffs for its grin-inducing manners include limited cargo space and an absence of the latest technology as this 3rd-generation Miata nears the end of its lifecycle. Those factors may deter casual commuters, but driving purists will relish what remains the most thrilling roadster for the money.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you desire a 2-seat roadster with the charm of an old British MG, plus the reliability and modern conveniences of, well, a Mazda, look no further than the 2015 Miata. That this convertible starts under $25,000 only adds to its appeal.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Miata's small exterior size hides no interior lies: Space is sparse for cargo and people. Convertible versions of the Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Mustang and Mini Cooper offer two rear seats that at least hold groceries. Miata enthusiasts desiring fresh a design and features may want to wait for the coming all-new model.

What's New for 2015

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is marking its milestone with an exclusive 25th-anniversary edition, of which only 100 will be made. Base Sport models now get a cloth roof instead of vinyl. Otherwise the rest of the lineup carries over unchanged until the all-new, 4th-generation Miata arrives.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The oft-used comparison is true: The 2015 Mazda Miata indeed feels like a go kart for adults. That means razor-sharp handling, a peppy but not overpowering 4-cylinder engine, and the rear-drive setup of a traditional sports car. Just try not to grin while throwing the Miata around a corner. Then there's that manual transmission. Available as a 5- or 6-speed, it is among the best in the business, regardless of price. Yes, an automatic is available, but real thrills in a Miata involve three pedals and flicks of its short-throw shifter. Downsides of the Miata's performance-mindedness include a stiff suspension and a buzzy cabin that even hardtop models can't entirely tame. This roadster may not be your first choice for a cross-country trek, but on a winding road or for an open-air cruise down the coast, few cars stir the soul like a Mazda Miata.

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In addition to offering better insulation and security than a fabric roof, Miatas with the power-operated hardtop are essentially two cars in one: a sleek coupe with the roof up, or a sun-ready convertible with it down.

Spend time in a Miata, and it will soon feel like an extension of your very self. Few cars have this gift, and those that do often begin with the word "Porsche." For much less money, Mazda's little roadster has the uncanny ability to be your automotive appendage.

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