Stunning design; 1-handed top operation; precise manual gearbox; excellent handling; modern interior; good on gas
Snug seats; still not comfortable for anyone over 6 feet tall; tiny trunk; dash-mounted screen washes out in sunlight; awkwardly shaped passenger footwell
Mazda has completely overhauled the 2016 MX-5 Miata, giving it a more menacing look, a longer hood, a new interior and a 150-lb weight reduction. See the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata models for sale near you
If you're just looking for a fun, sporty convertible, the base Sport trim is really all the car you'll need. As all three trims use the same engine/transmission, performance enhancements only come in the form of improved handling and braking with the Club trim's Brembo package. Audio fanatics should note that the MX-5's audio setup is not easy to upgrade with an aftermarket system, so if you want great sound, you'll have to opt for the Bose system in either the Club or Grand Touring. Find a Mazda MX-5 Miata for sale
The 2016 MX-5 Miata comes in three distinct trims: Sport, Club and Grand Touring. All come standard with a 6-speed manual but offer a 6-speed automatic with manual shift control as an option.
The MX-5 Sport ($25,735) brings 16-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned exhaust, front and rear stabilizer bars, dual power mirrors, a manual soft-top with a glass rear window and defroster, power windows/mirrors/door locks, remote keyless entry, an AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and a USB port, Bluetooth, cruise control, a tilt wheel, a leather shift knob and parking-brake boot, and a trip computer.
The MX-5 Club ($29,420) with the manual transmission adds Bilstein shocks, a limited-slip differential, shock tower bracing and an induction sound enhancer. Opting for the automatic transmission deletes the above-listed equipment. Common standard equipment regardless of transmission includes 17-in dark gunmetal alloy wheels, a front air dam, a rear-lip spoiler, Bose 9-speaker audio, the Mazda Connect infotainment system, a 7-in color touchscreen, a console-mounted multifunction controller, satellite radio and HD Radio, and upgraded interior seating with red stitching.
Optional on the Club is the Brembo/BBS package that adds Brembo front brakes with red calipers, 17-in BBS wheels, an aero kit and advanced keyless entry.
The MX-5 Grand Touring ($30,885) deletes most of the Club's performance upgrades and adds auto on/off headlights, an auto-dimming driver's-side mirror, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, leather seating, automatic climate control, navigation, heated front seats, adaptive front headlights with auto high-beam control and unique alloy wheels. Standard safety equipment includes a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-departure warning.
Models equipped with the automatic transmission also come with Mazda's advanced keyless entry and starting, which is optional on manual models.
There are no other factory options for the MX-5, but numerous dealer add-ons are available to choose from.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2016 FIAT 500 Abarth Convertible -- The 500 Abarth offers a retractable soft roof panel in place of a folding top, a usable rear seat and a bit more power.
2016 MINI Cooper Convertible -- The MINI Convertible also has a rear seat, two optional turbocharged engine options, and more technology and safety features. The MINI's cloth top can also be partially opened to act like a targa roof.
2016 Nissan 370Z -- This 2-seat sports car is larger and heavier than the MX-5, but it also has nearly twice the hp. However, the 370Z costs more than an MX-5 (by as much as $20,000 depending on the model).
Used Porsche Boxster -- A 2012-2015 Porsche Boxster offers more power and better performance pedigree, plus a more comfortable (and quiet) cockpit.