Used Mazda MX-5 2015-present review

Category: Sports car

Section: Advice for buyers

Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present)
  • Mazda MX-5 2.0 Sport Nav+
  • Mazda MX-5 rear
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present)
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present)
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present)
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present)
  • Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86
  • Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86
  • Mazda MX-5 2.0 Sport Nav+
  • Mazda MX-5 rear
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present)
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present)
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present)
  • Used Mazda MX-5 Open (15-present)
  • Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86
  • Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Mazda MX-5 sports?

The Mazda MX-5 was praised when it came out for having a leak-free roof – something that sports cars haven't always been able to boast about over the years. If you test drive an MX-5 and want to check the roof for leaks, head to an automatic car wash and put the car through a cycle.

Being small, it should be easy to park. But, because the driver sits quite low,  low bollards or walls can be overlooked, and rear parking sensors aren’t standard unless you get the Sport Nav. Check the bumpers for scrapes because it can be costly to put paint damage right.

Mazda MX-5 vs Toyota GT86

Is a used Mazda MX-5 sports reliable?

Mazda has earned a reputation for reliability over the years, and in our most recent reliability survey the firm finished in ninth place out of 31 manufacturers. Even more impressive, the MX-5 finished seventh in the sports car class with an excellent overall score of 93.3%. 

If you would like to see the full reliability list for coupés and convertibles, head to the What Car? reliability survey for more information.