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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata ranks among the best in the sports cars class. It has agile handling, a crisp manual transmission, a comfortable interior, and low predicted operating costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Unmatched agility for the price
  • Fantastic manual transmission
  • Great fuel economy
  • Small trunk and scant in-cabin storage




Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

Is the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata a Good Used Car?

The two-seater 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is an excellent sports car. The Miata comes with either a manual soft top or a power-operated hardtop. It lacks the abundant horsepower found in some rivals, but it doesn’t need it. This lightweight and well-balanced roadster requires less power to deliver quick acceleration. However, there's barely any trunk space and little in-cabin storage.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, the total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 20 professional evaluations for this 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

There are about 130 listings on our site for the 2017 Mazda MX-5 and the Miata RF, ranging from $22,000 to $30,000. The average list price is $25,500. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 MX-5 Miata are estimated to be $23,144. That’s well below average for the sports car segment.

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

The base 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible has a starting price of $25,295. Those shopping for a base model Miata will save some money with the 2017, but the 2018 model has some upgrades like a newly standard 7-inch touch screen.

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There are some top-ranked new sports cars with starting prices that are in the same neighborhood as the average-priced 2017 Miata. They include the similar 2018 Fiat 124 Spider (starting MSRP of $24,995), the 2018 Subaru BRZ ($25,595), the 2018 Ford Mustang ($25,680), and the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ($25,905).

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

Mazda redesigned the MX-5 Miata in 2016, shaving 6 percent off the previous model year’s weight. It also gained a better infotainment system and more standard features. The 2016 Miata is a great choice, and we named it our 2016 Best Sports Car for the Money. It delivers a great mixture of value and performance, but those who want the hardtop Miata RF model will have to buy a 2017 model, as it wasn’t available for 2016.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is about average.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata has no open recalls.

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

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in three trim levels: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. A soft-top convertible is standard on all three trims, and hardtop convertible is available in the Club and Grand Touring trims. The Sport trim is pretty barebones, with a manual-folding soft top, cloth upholstery, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

Most buyers should opt for the Club trim. It comes with a performance-tuned suspension, Bilstein shock absorbers, a limited-slip differential, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and the Mazda Connect infotainment system.

The top-of-the-line Grand Touring adds heated leather seats, automatic climate control, navigation, and lane departure warning. However, it lacks the Club model's performance upgrades.

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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 has crashed tested the 2017 MX-5 Miata. The MX-5 is available with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning, but it lacks a rearview camera.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata or 2017 Fiat 124 Spider?

The 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and the MX-5 share the same platform and many features, including the same infotainment and audio systems. They also finish close together in our rankings. Under the hood, though, the Fiat has a slightly more powerful engine while delivering the same fuel economy as the Mazda. The Fiat has a more upscale interior with better cabin materials than the Miata. Also, the Spider has a rearview camera and parking sensors, which the Mazda doesn’t even offer. The Fiat also has lower predicted operating costs. Both are great vehicles, but the 124 Spider finishes a little higher in our sports car rankings.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata or 2017 Subaru BRZ?

Although it’s not available as a convertible, the four-seater 2017 Subaru BRZ has more horsepower than the Miata, but it also lugs around more weight. Both sports cars are good at carving corners, but the Subaru has a harsher ride over rough roads. The BRZ has more standard features than the MX-5, including a touch-screen infotainment system, HD Radio, and satellite radio in the base trim. However, the BRZ also has a lower predicted reliability rating and isn’t available with as many collision avoidance features as its Mazda rival. Most shoppers are better off with the MX-5 Miata.

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2017 MX-5 Miata Performance

How Does the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Drive?

The rear-wheel-drive Miata has sharper handling than the vast majority of cars on the road, so there are plenty of top-down thrills to be had on twisty backroads. The Miata's 155-horsepower four-cylinder engine may not sound like it has much power, but it has plenty of muscle to move this lightweight drop top down the road quickly. The standard six-speed manual transmission has quick throws and smooth clutch engagement. A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is available.

Does the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Miata with the manual transmission gets an EPA-rated 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy for models with the automatic transmission improves to 35 mpg on the highway, yet it remains the same around town.

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2017 MX-5 Miata Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 MX-5 Miata Seat?

The 2017 MX-5 Miata seats two on standard cloth upholstery. Heated leather seats are available on some models. All but the tallest drivers should have good headroom thanks to the MX-5’s low-mounted seats. The cushions are supportive but not overly restrictive. You can easily pivot as needed to close the folding soft top.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata has no LATCH system. We do not recommend using a child seat in a vehicle with only two seats.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Features

The 2017 Miata comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. A nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, the Mazda Connect infotainment system, automatic climate control, and navigation are available.

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2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Dimensions

Mazda MX-5 Miata Cargo Space

The 2017 Miata has one of the smallest trunks in the sports car class, with only 4.59 cubic feet of cargo room for the soft-top models. The hardtop Miata RF has 4.48 cubic feet.

2017 MX-5 Miata Length and Weight

The 2017 MX-5 Miata measures at 12.8 feet long. With the manual transmission, the soft-top Miata weighs 2,332 pounds. The automatic transmission increases the Miata's weight to 2,381. Depending on transmission, hardtop RF models weigh 2,445 to 2,485.

Where Was the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Built?

Mazda manufactured in the 2017 MX-5 Miata in Japan.

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