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The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a Reliable Weekend Roadster

The Mazda MX-5 Miata persists as one of the best options for those longing for an affordable sports car. Since the Miata is known to be an overall reliable and fun convertible, it makes for an ideal used-car option too. If you are in the market for a relatively new weekend roadster, the 2017 model should definitely be an option on your shopping list. 

What it’s like to drive the MX-5 Miata 

For the most part, the Miata relies on the same simple but thrilling performance formula. This fourth-generation Miata is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes a 155 horsepower. Enthusiasts absolutely love its precise six-speed manual transmission. Most also recommend passing on the available automatic option.

One of the more practical elements of the Miata is its excellent fuel economy. The Miata gets a combined 34 mpg so it’s definitely one of the most enjoyable and efficient sports cars you can buy. Overall, you will find that the Miata is dynamic and agile, and even exhilarating at times. What also makes getting the Miata so attractive is that you get to be a part of a fun community base. 

Consumer Reports calls it the quintessential modern roadster

It’s easy to rave about how entertaining it is to drive a Miata. However, you have to know that’s primarily what the Miata was made for: entertainment. With that being said, you shouldn’t buy the Miata if you are looking for a practical, everyday car. For starters, the Miata only seats two people. Cabin space is also very limited. And speaking from personal experience, the Miata is not the type of car you want to ride in during long commutes.

At higher speeds, the road noise inside the Miata can be pretty unbearable. It’s also not the most supportive ride so you will also want to consider this before taking it on an extended road trip. We recommend purchasing the Miata for what it’s meant to be, a fun little roadster. 

Available trim levels

The 2017 Miata features three trim levels: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. If you want to keep things really simple, stick with the entry-level Sport trim. The top-tier Grand Touring trim offers leather seating and comes with a few advanced safety features.  We’d say that the Club option is just right since it features a sportier suspension as well as a premium infotainment system. 

Excellent reliability ratings 

Three Mazda Miatas lines up outside.
Generations of Mazda Miata | Mazda

Consumer Reports gave the 2017 Miata an excellent predicted reliability rating based on road testing and owner surveys. Miata owners are extremely satisfied with their convertible’s driving experience and the overall value it provides. It’s also hard to compete with the Miata’s racy style.

While the 2017 Miata has proved to be a reliable sports car, you should know that it was recalled once by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall was related to a potential issue with the Miata’s powertrain. Before you decide to buy this 2017 model, make sure that you bring up this issue with your auto dealer.