Consumer Reports Only Recommends This 1 Reliable Used 2019 Sports Car

Consumer Reports looked at the field of available 2019 vehicles that you may find on used-car lots or private sale sites this year and selected only one model among sports cars and convertibles that met their reliability criteria: the Mazda MX-5 Miata.

The Miata is a stylish, fun little convertible option that offers average purchase costs and decent fuel economy. See what helped the MX-5 Miata nab the singular spot as the most reliable used sports car.

Mazda MX-5 Miata, one of the most reliable used sports cars, parked in a picturesque spot with fauna in the foreground
Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible | Mazda USA

Why buy a 2019 Mazda Miata?

Looking for a 2019 model right now is a smart bet because, more than likely, the majority of 2019 MX-5 Miata convertibles that you’ll find will be off-lease used Mazda cars. An off-lease car is a vehicle that’s been turned into the dealership when the lease term is up.

Off-lease Mazda cars tend to have lower mileage than other used cars, were likely maintained by the dealership and received regular servicing, and generally offer cleaner interiors with fewer exterior scuffs and blemishes. All of that adds up to mean that you could find a fully loaded Miata for less. 

Watch this 2019 Miata review to see why Doug DeMuro thinks this model is the best Miata ever.

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Is the Mazda Miata reliable overall?

Consumer Reports gives the 2022 Mazda Miata a 5/5 predicted reliability score, indicating that it’s likely to last a long time and hold up over the miles. The Miata’s overall 85/100 score is an average of its predicted reliability, predicted owner satisfaction, and road test scores.

Among Miata cars from the last six years, the 2016 and 2019 Miata models were the most reliable, with perfect 5/5 scores. The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata was the least reliable with a score of 3/5, and the 2020 Miata was generally reliable with a score of 4/5. The 2018 and 2021 Miata did not receive official reliability verdicts.

Do Mazda Miata cars last a long time?

The question of how many miles a Miata can really last is dependent on a lot of factors, so it’s hard to nail down a specific answer. Where you live, how you drive, and even your mechanic can affect how long the 2019 Mazda Miata would last as an everyday driver. However, according to iSee Cars, 2.1% of Mazda MX-5 Miata models sold made it to 200,000 miles.

The Miata’s high reliability ratings are a strong indicator that it will be a long-lasting used sports car. 

100th-Anniversary Edition of the Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th-Anniversary Edition | Mazda USA

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Does the Miata hold its value?

How much does a 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata cost? This convertible had a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $26,500 for base models when it was sold new. At the top of the range, the 2019 Miata Grand Touring RF cost around $35,500. Consumer Reports estimates that used 2019 Miata prices will range from $22,425 – $30,025. That’s pretty light depreciation for a sports car.

CarEdge claims that the Mazda Miata will depreciate about 38% after five years. Overall, the Miata depreciates slowly, and could still offer nearly 45% of its original value after 10 years on the road and 120,000 miles on the odometer.

Mazda MX-5 Miata, one of the most reliable used sports cars
Mazda MX-5 Miata | Mazda USA

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