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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 $36,090 for the MX-5 Roadster up to $51,120 for the MX-5 RF GT White Leather.

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 $36,090 and going to $51,120 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
2021 Convertible 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $36,090 $51,120
2020 Convertible 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $27,100 $54,780
2019 Convertible 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $23,700 $49,280
2018 Convertible 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $20,600 $46,750
2017 Convertible 1.5L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $17,500 $35,640
See All Mazda MX-5 Pricing and Specs

Mazda MX-5 Colours

The MX-5 GT RS is available in six colours - 'Deep Crystal Blue Mica', 'Jet Black Mica', 'Snowflake White Pearl Mica', 'Soul Red Crystal Metallic' (extra-cost option), Machine Grey Metallic (extra-cost option), and Polymetal Grey Metallic (extra-cost option).

  • Soul Red Crystal Metallic
  • Machine Grey Metallic
  • Snowflake White Pear Mica
  • Jet Black Mica
  • Deep Crystal Blue Mica
  • Polymetal Grey Metallic
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 Accessories

Standard equipment in the Mazda MX-5 GT RS includes dusk-sensing LED headlights and tail-lights, rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, keyless entry, push-button start, a 7.0-inch multimedia system, satellite navigation, digital radio, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, single-zone climate control, heated seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and black leather upholstery.

A range of genuine accessories is also available via official dealers.

Mazda MX-5 Speed

The Mazda MX-5 GT RS doesn't have an official 0-100km/h sprint time, but independent testing of other variants with the same engine-transmission combination took about six seconds.

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
2021 Convertible 1225x1735x3915 mm 140 mm
2020 Convertible 1225x1735x3915 mm 140 mm
2019 Convertible 1225x1735x3915 mm 140 mm
2018 Convertible 1225x1735x3915 mm 140 mm
2017 Convertible 1225x1735x3915 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda MX-5 Dimensions

Mazda MX-5 Boot Space

The MX-5 Roadster has a minuscule cargo capacity of 130L, while its RF sibling has 127L. Either way, once you stash a couple of soft bags or a small suitcase in it, you won’t be left with much wriggle room.

Mazda MX-5 Boot space

Mazda MX-5 Interior

The Mazda MX-5 GT RS has a very pared-back interior, with the highlights being a a ‘floating’ 7.0-inch central display (exclusively operated via rotary controller) and small multifunction panel next to the proper tachometer and speedometer.

It also features black leather upholstery on its seats, steering wheel, gear selector, handbrake (yes, it has one of those old things) and dashboard insert.

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 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Convertible 195x50 R16 195x50 R16
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Mazda MX-5 Wheel Sizes

Mazda MX-5 Seats

The Mazda MX-5 GT RS is strictly a two-seater, with a second row of seats unavailable in its soft-top Roadster and hardtop RF body-styles.

Mazda MX-5 Seats

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
2021 Convertible 6.1L/100km 1.5L PULP 6 SP MAN
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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Mazda MX-5 Pricing and Specs for 2021