It’s hard to believe that the MX-5 has been around since 1989. Back then, it was called the Miata and was an instant hit for Mazda. It’s now in its fourth generation and is the best-selling roadster in the world.
The two-passenger MX-5 is available in Sport, Club and Grand Touring trims. Starting prices range from $25,295 to $31,270.
All MX-5s are powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine that makes 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is available. The Mx-5 is rear-wheel-drive.
The MX-5 does what a roadster should. Mazda slimmed down the MX-5 by about 150 pounds for 2018 and it feels a bit quicker than the outgoing model. It’s fun and nimble, and begs to zip around with the top down. The MX-5 doesn’t have a lot of sheer power, but it’s quick and zippy. It stays planted on curvy roads. The manual transmission is easy and smooth to shift. As you’d expect, the MX-5 is very low to the ground so you will feel some bumps, but the ride isn’t harsh.
Putting the soft top down or up is a breeze. It’s manual, but only takes a matter of seconds and can be done while you’re sitting in the car.
Yep, the Miata is arguably the most enjoyable ride you can buy for around 30-grand. I had a blast tooling around with the top down on a sunny winter day!
EPA mileage estimates for the manual transmission are 26 mpg city and 33 mpg highway with a combined rating of 29. I got 30 mpg during my week with a mix of city and highway driving. The automatic transmission is rated at 26/35 and 29 mpg combined.
An updated MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system with seven-inch full-color touchscreen display, multi-function Commander, HD radio and advanced smart keyless entry are now standard on all trims. An optional Brembo/BBS/Recaro package adds heated Recaro sports seats, aerodynamic side sill extensions, a rear bumper skirt, forged 17-inch BBS wheels and front Brembo brakes.
The interior is appealing with lots of soft-touch materials. The MX-5 Club and MX-5 Grand Touring models come standard with a leather steering wheel and shifter knob, , MAZDA CONNECT infotainment technologies with a 7-inch display, two USB inputs, Bluetooth, BOSE Premium nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Advanced Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and LED headlights.
The MX-5 has a tiny trunk, with only 4.59 cubic feet of space. That’s barely enough for a couple of small duffel bags or grocery bags. There’s not much room for cargo in the cabin, either. There’s no glove box, only a small compartment between the two seats.
Fun, fun fun
Good fuel economy
Easy to put top up and down
Tiny trunk, not much storage room in the cabin
My tester starts at $29,155. Machine Gray paint charge is $300. The Brembo/BBS/Recaro package is $4,470. The Interior Package for M/T is $425 and adds Alloy pedals, oil cap and door sill trim plates. Delivery fee is $890 bringing the grand total to $35,240.
If you’re looking for an affordable convertible roadster that packs a ton of fun into a small package, this is it!