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The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Gets Stellar Ratings Regardless of Complaints

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the highest rated sports car roadsters of the year. It's affordable price and raw driving experience gives it a leg up, and it does so well that drivers don't seem to mind its problems like the noisy cabin or slightly uncomfortable nature of the roadster.

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 is a fan favorite among enthusiasts cars. Its lightweight structure and handling make it an incredibly nimble sports car, and while it doesn’t boast a ton of horsepower in its more modest engine, you won’t be disappointed in its enthusiastic driving experience. For a new two-door roadster, it’s incredibly well priced, being one of the most affordable options on the market you can buy new, and there is so much to love about the Mazda MX-5 that it receives high ratings and recommendations regardless of the glaring problems.

High ratings show the MX-5 is worth the money

The 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata might not be totally problem-free, but it still earns a high score and recommendation from Consumer Reports. The sporty roadster earned itself a high score of an 87, with the reviewer winning a place as the #1 car in its category of 2021 roadsters. The website notes that the MX-5 has a spotless track record for reliability and owner satisfaction and doesn’t ease up on the enjoyable driving experience. Sure, it may not push four-figure horsepower numbers, but that is part of what makes it a practical daily driver and enjoyable streetcar.

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What problems does the Mazda MX-5 have?

There haven’t been any questions as to the reliability of the 2021 Mazda MX-5, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without problems. After all, a car that offers this unique driving experience for the price must be missing something, right? For the MX-5, test drivers have complained of a loud cabin that permits road and engine noises, and it also isn’t the most comfortable vehicle to drive. But, many drivers don’t care, as the Miata line has been known for putting the driving experience first and comfort on the back burner.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata | Mazda

How much does the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata cost?

Perhaps it is the low and affordable price of the 2021 Mazda MX-5 that makes test drivers and owners overlook the noisy cabin. After all, there isn’t another sports car you can buy new for this price that offers a similar driving and handling experience. The base model MX-5 starts at $26,830 and only goes up from there in small increments. Just above the base model is the Club, which you can expect to see for around $30,290, or you can take it all the way to the highest trim level, the Grand Touring, for $31,770.

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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata | Mazda

Overall, the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata is still a great roadster for the price. While it might not be perfect and luxurious, drivers and owners could argue that these complaints simply add to the car’s raw driving experience, making it a little quirky and a whole lot of fun. The noisy and slightly uncomfortable cabin isn’t a deal-breaker for Miata fans, and compared to everything else the roadster has to offer for the price it is still a recommended new roadster worth your time and money.