Which used Mazda MX-5 sports should I buy?
There are far more roadsters than Coupe Cabriolets on the market. The first is cheaper to buy, but the second does have a slightly higher spec as standard, so it's not bad value.
Avoid the entry-level model, which come with steel wheels, unless it has the Option Pack fitted. This adds alloys, a leather steering wheel and cabin trim, and a stereo upgrade. The 1.8-litre model is fast enough, and slightly cheaper to run. However, if you want to make the most of the MX-5's agile chassis the 2.0-litre is best. The larger-engined model also comes with electronic stability control and side airbags as standard. The Sport, only available as a 2.0-litre, has alloys as standard, as well as leather upholstery and heated seats.
The range was facelifted in 2009, with changes to the front and rear bumpers, door mirrors and enhanced cabin trim. SE replaced the old entry-level trim, while Sport Tech superseded Sport. A further facelift in 2013 brought minor changes to the front grille and lights, and some styling changes to the wheels.
Our favourite Mazda MX-5: 2.0 Sport/Sport Tech