Used Mazda MX-5 2005 - 2015 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Alternatives

Mazda MX-5 Open (05 - 15)
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  • Mazda MX-5 Open (05 - 15)
  • Mazda MX-5 Open (05 - 15)
  • Mazda MX-5 Open (05 - 15)
  • Mazda MX-5 Open (05 - 15)
  • Mazda MX-5 Open (05 - 15)
  • Mazda MX-5 Open (05 - 15)
  • Mazda MX-5 Open (05 - 15)
  • Mazda MX-5 Open (05 - 15)
  • Mazda MX-5 Open (05 - 15)

Alternatives

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.

Overview

The Mazda MX-5 is fun, fast and rock solid: what more could you want from a convertible sports car?

  • Great to drive
  • Neat roof
  • Excellent reliibility
  • Limited boot space