Turn-on-a-dime handling; easy-to-operate soft-top; excellent reliability record; affordable price
Small trunk; cramped interior; audio options are behind the times; average crash-test ratings
To celebrate 25 years of making open-air enthusiasts smile, a special 25th Anniversary Edition will be offered, but only for 100 lucky owners. The base Sport trim sees its vinyl soft-top replaced by a cloth top, but other than that, the Miata sails into the history books pretty much unchanged.
If you can afford the added cost, we suggest the Club or Grand Touring hardtop models. The top doesn't add much weight to the car and allows the Miata to be driven year-round. If you're a die-hard soft-top fan, we'd go for the Club model with the Suspension package. Find a Mazda MX-5 Miata for sale
The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in four trims: Sport, Club, Grand Touring and the 25th Anniversary Edition. All but the 25th Anniversary Edition offer a retractable soft-top -- the hardtop is standard -- with the Club and Grand Touring offering the retractable hardtop as an option.
The MX-5 Miata Sport ($24,765) comes with a 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, power windows with a 1-touch up/down driver's window, power mirrors, cloth seats, an AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and an auxiliary input jack, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels and dual exhaust. When ordered with the automatic transmission, the Convenience package is made standard and adds cruise control, steering-wheel-mounted controls for cruise control and audio, a trip computer, power door locks, keyless remote entry, and remote control of the power windows.
The MX-5 Miata Club ($27,700) adds a 6-speed manual transmission, Dark Gunmetal 17-in alloy wheels, a strut tower brace, and blackout trim around the headlight, mirrors, front air dam and rear diffuser. Club models with the manual transmission come standard with the Suspension package that includes Bilstein shocks, a sport-tuned suspension and a limited-slip rear differential. The Club model is available only with a black top and includes specialized Club graphics and badging.
The MX-5 Miata Grand Touring ($28,345) brings 17-in silver aluminum alloy wheels, a choice of black or mocha soft-tops (hardtops are body-colored), heated seats, leather seating surfaces, a leather shift knob and parking brake, 7-speaker Bose audio with a 6-CD-changer upgrade, and an auto-dimming mirror.
The MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition ($33,000) is a limited-run trim (only 100 models) that adds unique Soul Red paint and Almond leather interior, a numbered plaque, hand-selected engine components, 17-in Dark Gunmetal alloy wheels, and 25th Anniversary Edition badges. The lucky owner will also receive a custom-crafted Tourneau watch and display winder box.
The Grand Touring can be outfitted with the Club trim's Suspension package, which must be paired with the Premium package that adds Bluetooth, HID headlights, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and Mazda's Advanced Key keyless entry and start.
The retractable hardtop adds about $1,700 to the MX-5 Miata's bottom line.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
BMW Z4 -- The Z4 is priced far above the MX-5 Miata, but it offers a similar driving experience with more power and more prestige.
Volkswagen Eos -- The Eos can't compete with the Miata on the track, but if you're looking for an affordable, comfortable convertible experience, the Eos is more accommodating and has more high-tech features.