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2015 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Sports Car

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Best Sports Car:
2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

It only takes one drive in a Mazda MX-5 Miata to be hooked. With its razor-sharp handling, snappy acceleration and traditional rear-wheel-drive setup, few cars can match the thrills provided by Mazda's roadster. Factor in the Miata's sub-$25,000 starting price and its best-in-class 5-Year Cost to Own Award, and the MX-5 remains unbeatable.

Now celebrating its 25th year of granting affordable open-air motoring, the 2015 model of Mazda's compact 2-seat convertible marks the last of its current generation ahead of an all-new version for 2016. And while the upcoming version promises better technology and improved efficiency, the current model still nails the fun-for-the-money factor while providing a modicum of practicality. The MX-5 Miata's trunk manages to hold several grocery bags, and for buyers wanting the security of a hardtop, one is available in the Power Retractable Hard Top version.

Beyond its value, the appeal of the Mazda MX-5 Miata remains its ability to make an ordinary commute feel like a thrill ride. As we note in our full review, "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."

It's little wonder that the Miata is recognized as the world's most popular sports car. Though rivals have come and gone, after a quarter-century of endearing itself to drivers the MX-5 continues to thrive. That this remarkable roadster is so affordable to buy and own feels like more icing on an already sweet cake.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$40,178
as of December 31, 2014

2nd Place Finisher
2015 Subaru BRZ

2015 Subaru BRZ

Boasting a peppy engine, nimble handling and rear-wheel drive, the Subaru BRZ is an anomaly we love: the return of the low-cost compact sports car.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$40,187
as of December 31, 2014

3rd Place Finisher
2015 Chevrolet Camaro V6

2015 Chevrolet Camaro V6

Even several years into its current generation the Chevrolet Camaro turns heads with its sizzling looks, while its 323 horsepower easily backs them up.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$40,834
as of December 31, 2014

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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