The Miata is a fun-to-drive, low-slung little roadster, with pinpoint handling, instant power delivery, and a crisp manual gearbox. Excellent fuel economy is an extra bonus. While it remains very tight, the cabin has grown a little more livable over the years. The ride is surprisingly tolerable, but cabin noise can grow wearying on long cruises.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It is just a fun car to drive. I like the 6 speed transmission and how the car handles around curves. I also like that I can floor it in the curves and still handle the car."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Excellent handle on curves."

Roger H., NC (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Superbly responsive"

Patrick M., ON (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The car gives me the sports car feel that I've wanted for a long time. When our last "second" car was finally retired, I wanted a "fun" car. The retractable hard top is great for country roads with the hills and curves. It stays in corners and gives me a great feel of the road."

James H., DE (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handles great, corners great, accelerates great. Fun to drive."

Lois W., CA (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This is a very responsive car. The car has plenty of power and the steering is precise. In addition the car is fun to drive."

Robt E., CA (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Very responsive. Great brakes. Nimble."

E C., KS (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Zoom Zoom!"

Mike P., AB (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It handles on a dime."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is simply loads of fun to drive. Accelerates extremely fast, can make very tight turns. The way the top goes up/down and tucks in is very James Bond."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great steering response good acceleration, very tight handling."

Anonymous, BC (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's 158-Hp engine is very preppy and it corners very well. However, it is noisy and rides rough."

Larry E., MS (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Love the speed and handling of this car. I have purchase 3 of these in the past..."

J L., TX (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Mazda Zoom-Zoom Driving matters is everything all the reviews says it is. A pleasure to drive and real fun driver."

FRANK D., VA (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This car is a lot of fun to drive."

S W., VA (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This is just a fun car to drive. The driving experience is the best I have seen."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun to drive"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Its a sports car, the seats are not the most comfortable, and getting in and out of such a low vehicle can be a challenge when you have an injury"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Seats not comfortable, padding is thin."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Very comfortable seats and firm ride. We took the car on a trip to Palm Springs (a distance of about 500 miles) and the car performed flawlessly. The trunk is rather small but we were surprised to find we were able to get our weekender and other luggage stowed and had a little room to spare."

Robt E., CA (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Somewhat harsh ride and noisy, but thats expected in a sports car. This is a great sports car with exceptional handling and performance. Great drive!"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"There is more chassis squeaks than I consider correct for this age car. Rubber bushings are reportedly to blame. Lubing them not effective."

Bruce G., AZ (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The power retractable hard top is very convenient. Finding a comfortable seat position is easy. This Miata doesn't take curves as firmly as my 32 previous Miatas. Apparently my last one, 2000, had a stiffer suspension package."

MICHAEL D., CA (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Seats need more lumbar support. They're fine for short trips, but my back will be aching after a trip if an hour or more. Also, road noise is significant, particularly on certain types of asphalt. Noise level at highway speeds are high enough that stereo needs to be cranked up to hear it."

RANDY F., CA (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The interior is quite cramped for taller people"

PATRICK M., ON (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"costly to use high test gasoline"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata is a fine little roadster. Is is very peppy and agile. I have owned it for 3 years and it has been trouble free. Its retractable hard top is an engineering marvel and its 6-speed auto transmission is better smooth. . However, it rides roughly and it's lack of modern safety technology is troubling to me. I really miss a good backup camera and a nav system."

Larry E., MS (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Very fortunate to get a certified pre-owned Anniversary Model that had never been titled with only 800 miles (press vehicle)"

FRANK D., VA (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Mine is the 25th Anniversary Edition - only 100 made for North America. As such I suspect it will hold its value and possibly even increase in value over the years."

MICHAEL D., CA (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It is a great looking car and am on a preorder list for the new 2017 Mazda Miata RF"

LAWRENCE L., DE (2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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