Mazda MX-5 information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the roadster. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the MX-5 range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The Mazda MX-5 is the world’s best-selling back-to-basics sports car. Inspired by the original Lotus Elan, it’s a no-frills sports car and dishes out magic by the bucketload even in Mk3 format. For more information on the Mazda MX-5, click on our further stories on the links below.
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Now in its fourth iteration, the MX-5 remains a firm favourite of ours. No other sports car gets close and most rivals have withered by the wayside. Remember the MG TF? The Japanese roadster is just so damn good, so affordable, so polished that few rivals try and take it on. The latest car is supposed to be a back-to-basics refresh of the original. It’s smaller than the Mk3. Lighter, too. And this virtuous circle means it can get away with having a 1.5-litre engine. There’s much to be liked here. All MX-5s have a sky-high fun quotient, with rear-wheel drive handling and darty steering. We’ve never subscribed to the hairdressers’ jibes - this a ’60s sports car for the modern day. Soon you’ll be able to pick from a roadster coupe with folding hard top, as well as the entry-level soft-top convertible.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Rivals to consider
BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK, a used Porsche Boxster (but then that answers many questions we pose)
Simplicity, driving fun, affordable prices, unburstable mechanical quality
Still not fast enough