What alternatives should I consider to a used Mazda MX-5 sports?
The MX-5 has few immediate rivals that fulfil the same niche.
The Mini Convertible is similarly cheap to run and benefits from a wider range of engines. However, it also has a pathetically narrow boot opening – but at least you can fold the rear seats down to load longer items. It is front-wheel drive, meaning you don’t get the same handling balance as the MX-5, but it is still a fun drive. You will have to pay a bit more for it, but the Mini does have a superior interior to make up for that.
For sporting thrills for similar money, the BMW Z4 is a two-seater with a more refined folding metal roof and a more luxuriously appointed dashboard. Earlier cars came with a fantastic six-cylinder engine, which is certainly a step up from the engines in the MX-5.