Mar 01, 2008
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $29,535
Likes

Simple retractable hard top ends convertible leaks; 166 horsepower more than adequate; attractive leather interior with leather seats; easy to toss around.

Dislikes

Hard top shrinks already tight interior, bulks up profile unattractively. Climate controls too small to read. Keyless ignition annoying, easy to misplace credit card-like key. Handbrake on wrong side of tunnel. No spare wheel—tire-pressure monitoring system and can of “fix-a-flat” instead.

Verdict

The Miata name has gone, replaced by the corporate-sounding MX5, and it’s taken the two-seater’s minimalist charm along with it. Bigger wheels, raised hood/headlights and hard top lift profile in a not-particularly-attractive way. And at $30,000, about the same price as a three-year-old Boxster, pretty stiff competition.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
2.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
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