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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

The 2015 Mazda Miata's peppy engine and spirited handling help it secure a place in the top half of our sports car rankings. However, this roadster's small trunk and short standard features list keep it from reaching the very top of our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Razor-sharp handling
  • Lively engine
  • Smooth-shifting manual transmissions
  • Good fuel efficiency for a sports car
  • Few standard features
  • Small trunk




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 6.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

Is the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Miata is a good sports car, and it's a fantastic choice for shoppers looking for corner-carving athleticism. Zipping through twisty roads is easy for this roadster, and there's plenty of engine power to get this little convertible moving. However, the Miata isn't the best choice as a commuter since it doesn't have much passenger and cargo space.

Why You Can Trust Us

To give you a complete overview of the 2015 Miata – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 85 Mazda Miata reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our crew has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we do not accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an external company manages the ads on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

Based on over 90 listings for the 2015 Mazda Miata on our site, the average list price is $19,000, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $15,400 to $22,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Cost to Own?

The 2015 Miata's five-year projected costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $26,470, or $5,294 per year. That's below average for a sports car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MX-5 Miata?

The 2019 MX-5 Miata is part of a generation that began with the 2016 Miata. For 2019, a rearview camera and a 7-inch touch screen become standard (previously optional), and the Miata gains a more potent engine. Newly available features include available traffic sign recognition, and Mazda's Smart City Brake Support. These additions make the 2019 Miata a better purchase than a used model. You can save money by opting for the older 2015 Miata, but it isn't nearly as well-equipped as the newer 2019 model.

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You won’t be able to find a new sports car for around the same price as the 2015 Miata.

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Which Model Year of the Mazda MX-5 Miata Is Best?

For the MX-5 Miata, the 2015 model year marks the end of a generation that started with the 2006 Miata. Mazda made only minor changes throughout the years. The 2013 Miata gained a styling refresh, and for the 2015 model year, Mazda added a 25th Anniversary Edition trim and replaced vinyl materials in previous soft-top models with cloth materials. Instead of getting a 2015 model, consider a 2013 Miata, which is a similar car that costs less.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 MX-5 Miata a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2015 Miata.

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Which Used Mazda MX-5 Miata Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in four trim levels: Sport, Club, Grand Touring, and 25th Anniversary Edition. Bypass the base Sport trim for the Club trim. It adds common features like cruise control, power door locks, and remote keyless entry.

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What Does Mazda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Mazda offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the expiration of the original three-year/36,000-mile warranty. Every CPO Mazda must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits may include towing, a 90-day complimentary SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, extended coverage, and roadside assistance, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

Mazda’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer, according to our research. Chevy, Hyundai, and Kia all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the MX-5 Miata?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tested the 2015 Miata. Mazda didn’t offer any active safety features with the 2015 Miata.

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata or 2015 Subaru BRZ?

The 2015 Subaru BRZ offers more than the Miata, including a standard infotainment system, seating for four people, and a tad more trunk space. Much like the MX-5, the BRZ delivers an engaging ride. That said, the Miata has a slightly higher reliability rating and a lower average list price. These two sports cars are close in our rankings, so choosing between them is a matter of personal preferences. If you want more space and features, spend a little more for the BRZ. Or, opt for the Miata if performance is your main concern.

Which Is Better: 2015 Mazda MX-5 or 2015 Ford Mustang?

The 2015 Ford Mustang is a larger car than the Miata, but it still boasts nimble handling. Additionally, it has an available V8 engine that is much stronger than what's under the hood of the Miata. Compared to the MX-5, the Mustang has more trunk space, two extra seats, and nicer interior materials. Unlike the Mazda, the Ford is also available with driver assistance features like forward collision warning. The Mustang does have a poor reliability rating and a higher average list price than the MX-5, though. These two cars are neck and neck in our rankings, so choose the one that best suits your needs.

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Performance

How Does the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Drive?

Despite having an engine with relatively low output, the Miata is fun to drive thanks to its responsive steering and athletic handling. It comes with a four-cylinder engine that makes between 158 and 167 horsepower (depending on the trim) and a standard five-speed manual transmission. This powertrain delivers eager acceleration. A six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic transmission are also available.

Does the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Miata delivers up to 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is above the class average.

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 MX-5 Miata Seat?

There's seating for two people in the Miata. This Mazda features supportive cloth seats and a decent amount of cabin space. However, larger occupants will likely feel cramped. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard, and heated leather seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

There are no LATCH car-seat connectors in the MX-5 Miata, which is to be expected considering its lack of rear seats. We do not recommend driving with small children in the Miata. 

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Features

The MX-5 Miata features a user-friendly infotainment system with quick response times and logically arranged controls. However, some reviewers knock it for not offering technology that many of its competitors provide, such as a USB port.

A six-speaker audio system is standard. Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system are available.

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Dimensions

Mazda MX-5 Miata Cargo Space

Don't plan on fitting much in the Miata. At 5.3 cubic feet, its trunk is cramped even by sports car standards. 

2015 MX-5 Miata Length and Weight

The 2015 Miata is 13.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,480 to 2,620 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Built?

Mazda built the 2015 Miata in Japan.

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