2015 Mazda MX-5 MiataChange Vehicle
of the 2015 Mazda MX‑5 Miata base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Six-speed manual
- Quick top operation
- Same trunk size with top up or down
- Driver-oriented dynamics
- Confining cabin for taller drivers
- Dwarfed by other vehicles
- Multimedia options limited
- Trails competitors in utility
- Heavy clutch
- Soft-top or power-retractable hardtop
- Choice of three transmissions
- Rear-wheel drive
Mazda introduced the MX-5 Miata 25 years ago as a throwback to a long line of small roadsters that didn't offer a ton of power, but thrilled drivers with their handling and top-down fun.
That philosophy of fun continues, but it is now also a throwback to the time before touch-screens, USB ports and the "car-as-living-room" malaise that has gripped many cars today. In a way, that's a good thing. In another way, though, it's a sign that the current Miata has been left behind by the times.
The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers superior handling, an easy-to-use convertible top and loads of driving fun, but it needs its imminent 2016 redesign to keep pace with a growing, competitive market.
That market now includes cars that have been in the class for a while, such as the Volkswagen GTI and Mini Cooper convertibles — and newer entries such as the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S twins. Compare them here.
We tested a 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring with a power retractable hardtop, six-speed manual transmission and a price of $32,285. Little has changed from the previous year, but you can run through the specs for both model years here.
How It Drives
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The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata currently has 0 recalls