2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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$15,463–$23,663 Inventory Prices
(4.6) 9 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2015 Mazda MX‑5 Miata base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling
  • Six-speed manual
  • Quick top operation
  • Same trunk size with top up or down
  • Driver-oriented dynamics

The Bad

  • Confining cabin for taller drivers
  • Dwarfed by other vehicles
  • Multimedia options limited
  • Trails competitors in utility
  • Heavy clutch
2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • Soft-top or power-retractable hardtop
  • Choice of three transmissions
  • Rear-wheel drive

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Road Test

Bill Jackson

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
The Miata is a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive car that offers balanced handling and the rare trait of being fun at both low and high speeds. It's easy to slide the car's tail if you punch the throttle or drive like a hooligan, but it's also capable of keeping traction through high-speed bends.

In short, it ... Read more

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Latest Reviews


It is the satisfaction of a long-term desire

by Eric from Berkeley Springs, WV on December 5, 2017

About 50 years ago, I drove an MGA and later a Sunbeam Alpine. I really liked driving with the top down. I admired sports cars ever since and seeing one on the road from time to time just made the ... Read full review


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Safety & Recalls


The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata currently has 0 recalls

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