Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda MX-5 Miata

About Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 reinvented itself just last year, becoming smaller, lighter and even more efficient than its beloved predecessor. What it didn't lose is what made it so celebrated upon debuting nearly three decades ago: nimble, zesty driving manners that can't help making anyone with a pulse smile. Long known simply as the Miata, Mazda has perfected the formula for a modern-day roadster: It's small, lightweight, rear-wheel drive and has one of the best manual transmissions money can buy (an automatic is optional, and to some devotees, sacrilegious). Even with almost no direct competitors in its price range outside the platform-sharing Fiat 124, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 continues to improve, now offering the MX-5 RF with its retracting hardtop roof.

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LATEST MODEL
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2017?
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Just one year after arriving in all-new form as a traditional soft-top convertible, the MX-5 RF -- for retractable fastback -- debuts for 2017. The RF features a hardtop roof that tucks below the rear deck and looks similar to a Porsche 911 Targa. Club models receive blind-spot monitoring as standard.

  • Expert Rating: 9.5
  • Consumers Rating: 9.9
  • MPG 26|33
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2016?
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2016 MX-5 is all-new this year, with virtually nothing held over with the exception of the driving philosophy behind the car. That, and the 6-speed automatic transmission.

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2015?
2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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.

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2014?
2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata

With the exception of three new colors there are no changes to the Mazda MX-5 Miata for 2014.

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2013?
2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata for 2013 sees minor revisions to its front-end design, some new interior and exterior color and trim treatments and a new wind blocker for the retractable-hardtop model. Fog lights are added to the Sport trim while all 6-speed manual-transmission cars come standard with the Suspension Package. The Touring trim is now called Club.

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2012?
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The only significant change to the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible line is the addition of electronic traction and stability control on all models.

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2011?
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata

At this year's Chicago Auto Show in February, Mazda took the wraps off of a Special Edition. Built in limited volume (750 units), this special Miata commemorates the production of 900,000 MX-5 Miatas since 1990. Two unique colors, and built in Grand Touring spec, the Special Edition will only be available with the Miata's Power Retractable Hardtop. Beyond this, there are no changes to the MX-5 in the 2011 model year.

2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2010?
2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata

No major changes for 2010.

2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2009?
2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The MX-5 Miata celebrates its 20th anniversary with a mild exterior and interior makeover. Manual transmission models have their redline moved from 5,000 to 7,200 rpm, while a new Induction Sound Enhancer (ISE) places more of the engine's sound just ahead of the windshield. Enhancements are also made to the transmission, suspension and traction control system.

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2008?
2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The MX-5 Miata gains a manual driver's-seat lift and a tire pressure monitor. Touring and Grand Touring models now feature an in-dash, six-disc CD changer as standard equipment.

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata
What's new for 2007?
2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The biggest news for 2007 is the introduction of an available retractable hardtop. Powering down in 12 seconds, the hardtop and glass rear window occupy the same space as the folding soft-top.

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Consumer Reviews

My first sports car

By on Thursday, October 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife convinced me to give up my BMW 3 for this car. We immediately went on a 4K mile road trip. We got stopped every day by someone who liked it or had questions. We get thumps up all the time. Car has averaged 38MPG. Nothing but fun!! It is small, lots of road noise, and not much storage, BUT, it is a sports car. Handles great, looks great, a really fun TOY."

24 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Fun, even for everyday transport, and reliable

By on Saturday, January 7, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I traded in a 2001 MX-5 LS for a 2016 MX-5 GT with all the options. The 2001 was extremely reliable and fun and I did not see the need for improvement except for a few interior lapses. I was surprised to find the 2016 was a big improvement in all regards except for a couple of things. Other reviews have described the wonderful aspects of the MX-5 and I choose not to repeat those descriptions. Instead, I will mention a few things that may be annoying to some people who would like to use this car for daily, all year transportation. First, although the sound level from the exhaust is not overwhelming, the exhaust sounds are not pleasant to me. I, for one, will have to find a replacement muffler or tuned system. Second, the tires supplied are high quality, high performance summer tires. These tires have essentially 0 grip in the snow and MUST be replaced for winter driving in northern states. All season radials by several manufacturers will be adequate: as an example, with A/S radials I made a trip of 60 miles in a blizzard once with several inches of snow already on the ground, without any trouble. Third, although the steering wheel tilts, it does not telescope (at least mine does not and there is no mention of this in the owner's manual). Hence, in my case, I do not have an optimal seating arrangement as driver. Fourth, the cup holders are in a very awkward place. Fortunately, they can be removed. There is an alternative, cupholder receptacle to the right of the gear shift knob and one of the supplied cupholders can be put there without inconveniencing a passenger. Fifth, two plugs are supplied in the storage compartment to cover holes in the underbody for (apparently unused) shipment tiedowns. These should be installed by the dealer but that did not happen in my case. I tried to install them when I found out about them but could not find the holes because they were obscured by thick undercoating. A trip back to the dealer was needed to get them installed. Fifth, I would like to be able to turn the audio system off but the best I can do is mute it from a button near the shifter. Occasionally I accidentally hit this button and am startled by unexpected enlivenment of the CD player or radio station. It takes a little practice to keep your right arm in a comfortable position that is not likely to cause this problem. This is serious enough that the manual actually recommends such a position. Sixth, control of the lane change warning system is grayed out on the infotainment screen and the only control available is a dashboard switch to turn it on or off. Regarding some things that others thought were annoying, I found that once the cupholders were out of the way, the CD player was easily accessible. I can't remember the last time I had a flat tire so the improvement in trunk space due to the lack of a spare is welcome without fear of consequences. Moreover, the nice air pump that is now supplied instead of the spare comes in handy should the low tire warning light suddenly come on away from home. Finally, although the storage compartment is not in the customary space above the passenger seat, it is a large, more usable space than what was supplied in the 2001 MX-5. It is certainly not convenient to break out insurance and registration information if they are in the storage compartment, but there is another storage area, just below the right forearm of the driver, that is easily accessible and things like toll money, RF ID key cards, insurance cards, etc. can be put there. In the rear storage compartment I have binoculars, an ice scrapper, and gloves. These are all easy to get to because I mostly need to get them while standing outside the car and the storage compartment is very easy to open from that position - actually easier to open than the glove box on the 2001."

19 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Great, fun, roadster, but with some interior flaws

By on Monday, October 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "nimble, agile, tight, fun-to-drive little roadster"

Cons: "some interior design flaws"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my second Mazda Miata. It is a fun-to-drive little roadster, agile, nimble, with great responsive steering and smooth manual shifting. Although not as powerful (only 155 HP) as other cars costing the same, the overall driving experience can not be matched for the price. The exterior is now more aggressive-looking than the previous generations which is a definite plus. My only issues are with some of the interior design features. The CD player is located behind the seats where it is not readily accessible, instead of in the dashboard, by the radio, where it belongs. The GPS outlet is located where the passenger's feet would be; not reachable from the driver's seated position. There is no glove box even though there is room for one. The floor mats are very thin and not reinforced where the driver's clutch foot comes in contact with it. There is no spare tire (not even a doughnut), but instead you get a near-worthless "tire repair kit." Run-flat tires would have been a nice compromise. Despite these few interior issues, the new 2016 MX-5 Miata should provide the same pleasurable driving experience that all previous generations have delivered."

41 people out of 53 found this review helpful

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