Mazda MX-5 2023

Power from the 2L inline four found under the hood of various Mazdas finds its way to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. The MX-5 is a delight to drive. Its 2L inline four enjoys being wrung out and makes a joyful noise when extended. Unlike super high-performance cars, the MX-5 can be driven very enthusiastically without exceeding normal speed limits and without anyone taking any notice of how much fun the driver is having. Crisp handling, sufficiently compliant ride, strong brakes with good pedal feel and a precise gearchange allied to a docile clutch combine to deliver phenomenal driving pleasure. MX-5 denizens are treated to comfortable seats and enough room for even larger people to be comfortable. Surprisingly deep trunk. The operation of the electrically-driven targa top on the RF model is a wonder to behold.

Considering its limited sales, the MX-5 is offered in a vast array of trims and variations. With air conditioning, alloy wheels, keyless go, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors and a cellphone interface, the soft-top-only GS trim is nicely equipped. The GS-P, offered only with manual transmission, offers heated seats, a sport suspension equipped by Bilsteirn shocks, a limited-slip differential, a Bose-branded audio system and an acoustic windshield, but is overpriced. The Sport option on the GS-P includes Brembo brakes and Recaro seats but the Brembo brakes, with short, secure stops, are worth having. Compared with the GS-P, the GT is equipped with leather seating, navigation, adaptive headlights, an auto-dim rearview and driver’s door mirror, wireless Apple CarPlay and a variety minor items, and is a bargain. The automatic only GT RF Exclusive, adds a black painted roof and Nappa leather and is great value. The manual transmission exclusive GT RF Grand Sport adds Brembo brakes, Nappa leather seating and a black roof, for a price that reflects the value of additional content. Not offered on the base GS trim, the RF (power retractable hard top) costs $3000 more than an equivalent soft top.

Above average reliability predicted for the Mazda.

Last update: August 10, 2023


  • Engine

    2L-4 (181 HP Mazda)* 
  • Transmissions

    6M, 6A*
  • Fuel consumption

    City: 9.0L/100 km Road: 6.6L/100 km
  • Drive Layout

    Rear-wheel drive
  • Body Style

    Sporty Cars
  • Country of Origin




What’s new this year?

No changes of note for the MX-5 in its eighth year in its current form.

Starting from  $ 33 900

What dealers pay$ 22 222

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Report - September 30, 2023
Base vehicle
$ 0 $ 33 900
$ 0 $ 37 900
GS-P Sport
$ 0 $ 42 298
$ 0 $ 41 000
$ 0 $ 40 900
RF GS-P Sport
$ 0 $ 45 297
$ 0 $ 44 000
RF GT Exclusive
$ 0 $ 44 900
RF GT Grand Sport
$ 0 $ 47 599
Full Leather Upholstery
$ 0 $ 400
Optional Paint 1
$ 0 $ 250
Optional Paint 2
$ 0 $ 350
Optional Paint 3
$ 0 $ 450
Freight & PDI

Required for all vehicle purchases

$ 0 $ 1 895
Federal Air Conditioner Excise Tax (Recovery)

Required for all vehicle purchases

$ 0 $ 100

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