What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda MX-5 sports?
Part of the MX-5's success has been down to it not actually having any true alternatives. For years, it had the cheap, open-top market almost to itself, with most of its rivals being larger and more expensive.
The most obvious contender is the premium BMW Z4, a compact soft-top two-seater, the first generation version of which was a great car let down only by an unforgiving ride. The second-generation version, introduced in 2009, resolved this issue, while still keeping the involving handling of the earlier car. BMW also went to the trouble of putting a folding metal roof on the Z4 to make it a more usable everyday car, with the added benefit of increased protection against thieves. Used examples look like excellent value right now.