2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Key Specs
Our Take
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Key Specs

of the 2017 Mazda MX‑5 Miata. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Styling
  • Handling
  • Easy top operation
  • Drivetrain
  • Price

The Bad

  • Trunk slightly smaller than previous version
  • Steering feedback could be better
  • Seats don't hold you in place
  • Steering wheel doesn't telescope
  • Passenger's legs cramped

Notable Features of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • Six-speed-manual or automatic
  • Electric power steering
  • Extensive use of aluminum

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The two-seat Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster has been around for more than 20 years.

New for 2017

Much has changed over the decades, but what hasn't changed is the formula: small, lightweight and affordable.

Latest 2017 MX-5 Miata Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value For The Money

What Drivers Are Saying


What a hot car! Head-turning red convertible stud

by Madame Miata from Los Angeles, CA on August 17, 2018

Sexy, sleek lines, the affordable Ferrari (Even same tone of red). Bose speakers throughout even in head rests of both seats, automatic convertible hard top is the coolest thing ever, super quick and ... Read full review


My 3rd Miata, my 10th sports car

by Dano428 from Bucyrus ohio on May 14, 2018

This car is beautiful, a hoot to drive, economical and if you buy used, a screaming bargain. The best bang for the buck for a sports car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MX-5 Miata received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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