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Mazda MX-5 (2005-2015) review

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Key features
  • Sports
  • Used only
  • Petrol/Diesel/Mild hybrid
Expert review

The evergreen Mazda MX-5 rewrote the successful Lotus Elan formula: rear-wheel drive, light weight, uncomplicated fun - and an affordable price tag. But is this back-to-basics roadster as painless to own as promised, and does this third-generation 2005-2015 model make a great second-hand sports car buy? Read on for our full review.

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  • What's it like to drive?
  • How reliable is it?
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  • How economical is it to run?
  • How safe is it?
  • Is there anything I should look out for?
  • Should I buy it?
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Last checked by Which?

December 2021

First reviewed by Which?

October 2005

Released

October 2005

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Range of New and used car scores
  1. 4%
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  2. 64%
    Average score
  3. 85%
    Highest score
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