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Mazda MX-5

Born in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 can truly be called one of the world's most iconic sports cars.

Modelled after lightweight iconic British droptops like the MG B and Austin Healey Sprite, the initially tiny MX-5 grew in size and weight for more than 20 years over three generations. Then the fourth generation ND turned the clock back in 2015, refocusing on the philosophy of a light, simple, affordable and enormously amusing drop top.

It's available with a 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, and has also been remade as the RF hardtop. Prices start at $35,390 for the MX-5 Roadster up to $50,920 for the MX-5 RF GT (black Roof).

This vehicle is also known as Mazda MX-5 Miata (North America), Mazda Miata (North America), Eunos Roadster (Japan), Mazda Roadster (Japan).

Mazda MX-5 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Mazda MX-5 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $35,390 and going to $50,920 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Convertible 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $35,390 $50,920
2019 Convertible 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $25,300 $49,280
2018 Convertible 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $21,500 $48,840
2017 Convertible 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $18,100 $36,960
2016 Convertible 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $16,700 $33,990
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Mazda MX-5 Colours

  • Eternal Blue
  • Soul Red Crystal
  • Jet Black
  • Machine Grey
  • Polymetal Grey
  • Snowflake White Pearl
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Mazda MX-5 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Mazda MX-5 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Should I buy a used MX-5?

    The MX-5 is a great little sports car for someone looking for some fun on the road.

    The earliest ones are getting a little long in the tooth and are looking a little tired.

    Go for an NC model, that's from 2005-on, and you shouldn't go wrong. They're reliable, user-friendly, they look good, and they're great fun to drive.

    Look for a low-mileage example and avoid any that look like they might have been used in competition.

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  • Best options for a fun convertible?

    The easiest question on record. Get an MX-5 and you'll have all the sunshine and fun you want. The only problem will be choosing between the 1.6 and 2.0-litre engines. Most prefer the "big-bore" engine but I like the engagement you get with the smaller one.

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  • Mustang, 370Z, IS350F, 86 or MX-5?

    If you don’t want a convertible, which rules out the MX-5 as my easy first pick, then the 86 is the car for driving enjoyment on a reasonable budget. But don’t overlook its Subaru twin, the BRZ, which is my choice of the two. Both get The Tick, having shared our Car of the Year award.

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  • Mazda MX-5, Toyota 86 or Mustang for long-time V8 driver?

    Wow, that is a major change of direction. Before you make such a change I would suggest you actually test drive each of the cars you're thinking of to see if they really suit you. The Mazda MX-5 is a two-seater and not very practical for instance. It's hard to advise you because we don't anything about what you want from the car you buy. If it was me I would probably buy the MX-5, I would have no problem with a two-seater.

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Mazda MX-5 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Mazda MX-5 Convertible vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Convertible 1225x1735x3915 mm 140 mm
2019 Convertible 1225x1735x3915 mm 140 mm
2018 Convertible 1225x1735x3915 mm 140 mm
2017 Convertible 1225x1735x3915 mm 140 mm
2016 Convertible 1225x1735x3915 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda MX-5 Dimensions

Mazda MX-5 Wheel Size

The Mazda MX-5 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 195x50 R16 for Convertible in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Convertible 195x50 R16 16x6.5 inches 195x50 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Convertible 195x50 R16 16x6.5 inches 195x50 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Convertible 195x50 R16 16x6.5 inches 195x50 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Convertible 195x50 R16 16x6.5 inches 195x50 R16 16x6.5 inches
2016 Convertible 195x50 R16 16x6.5 inches 195x50 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda MX-5 Wheel Sizes

Mazda MX-5 Seats

The following Mazda MX-5 is available with five seats. The Roadster and RF variants are available with Black cloth seat trim. The Roadster and RF GT variants come with leather appointed seat trim, with the choice of Black or Tan. Burgundy Nappa leather is available only on the RF GT Black Roof variant.

Mazda MX-5 Fuel Consumption

The Mazda MX-5 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.1L/100km for Convertible /PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Convertible 6.1L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Convertible 6.2L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Convertible 6.1L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Convertible 6.1L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
2016 Convertible 6.1L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda MX-5 Pricing and Specs for 2020

Mazda MX-5 Towing Capacity

The Mazda MX-5 has no towing capacity for the last 5 years the model was manufactured.

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