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Mazda MX-5 Miata

2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The fourth-generation Miata remains true to Mazda's original formula of a lightweight rear-wheel-drive roadster. The Miata quickly scoots along while returning a miserly 34 mpg overall. Shifting the delightfully accurate six-speed manual shifter is a joy; we'd skip the optional automatic, though it works fine. It dilutes the driving experience. Quick and precise steering delivers sublime back-road handling, even though some body roll is noticeable. High levels of noise, thin and unsupportive seats, and a stiff ride all grow fatiguing during highway travel. Cabin space is snug, and the optional dial-controlled infotainment system takes time to master. Flipping the convertible top open or closed is a breeze. 2019 updates include horsepower increase from 155 to 181.
All Ratings & Reliability
2016-2018
2016 Redesign Year
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2018
The fourth-generation Miata remains true to Mazda's original formula of a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive roadster. Although 155 hp from the 2.0-liter four doesn't sound impressive, the Miata quickly scoots along while returning a miserly 34 mpg overall. Shifting the delightfully accurate six-speed manual shifter is a joy; we'd skip the optional automatic, though it works fine. Quick and precise steering delivers sublime back-road handling, even though some body roll is noticeable. High levels of noise, thin and unsupportive seats, and a stiff ride all grow fatiguing during highway travel. Cabin space is snug, and the optional dial-controlled infotainment system takes time to master. Flipping the convertible top open or closed is a breeze. A retractable-roof RF coupe takes the place of the previous retractable hardtop roadster design; there is some annoying wind noise behind your head when the top is retracted.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 N/A N/A
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2017 N/A N/A
2016 $20,600 - $21,050 $16,870 - $17,270
2006-2015
2006 Redesign Year
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2015
Zesty performance, super-nimble handling, and precise steering makes the Miata as enjoyable as it gets. The 2006 third-generation redesign gave the Miata a smidgen more interior space and trunk room, but you could still easily raise and lower the top manually from the driver's seat. A power retractable hard top became available in 2007. The ride is tolerable, but just, and the constant loud road and engine noise can get tiring. Super-agile handling remains its long suit. Be prepared to travel light given the tight quarters and getting in and out of the low cabin takes some dexterity. Miata fanatics slightly prefer the minor changes that came with 2009 and later versions, but all versions are good choices and are more alike than different. Stability control was only available on the top Grand Touring trim until it became standard across the board in 2012.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $15,700 - $20,175 $11,850 - $16,400
2014 $13,150 - $17,375 $9,520 - $13,270
2013 $11,675 - $16,150 $8,150 - $12,100
2012 $10,725 - $15,925 $7,255 - $11,855
2011 $9,600 - $13,725 $6,230 - $9,880
2010 $8,875 - $10,225 $5,550 - $6,750
2009 $8,200 - $9,500 $4,950 - $6,100
2008 $7,450 - $8,625 $4,275 - $5,325
2007 $6,575 - $7,800 $3,525 - $4,600
2006 $6,350 $3,300
1999-2005
Mazda MX-5 Miata 2005
The Miata was redesigned for 1999, providing a glass rear window, non-retractable headlights, and a slight power increase. The five-speed manual shifts smoothly. Zesty performance, nimble handling, and precise steering continue to make this car as fun to drive as any sporty car available. A six-speed manual and a light exterior restyling arrived in 2001. A Mazdaspeed turbo version was new for 2004.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $5,850 - $7,675 $2,850 - $4,480
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2004 $5,525 - $7,150 $2,575 - $4,005
2003 $5,375 - $6,875 $2,425 - $3,775
2002 $4,825 - $6,150 $2,200 - $3,400
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A