The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is an entertaining and engaging convertible to drive and comes at an affordable price. The Miata was fully redesigned in 2016, and the new generation is lighter and quicker than the old one. Mazda's real trick, though, has been making the car lighter while adding more comfort, convenience and technology. There are only three trim levels for the MX-5, and all come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that drives the rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual or an optional automatic transmission. Choosing the right Miata for you just requires deciding what convertible experience you want.
The entry-level 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport is meant for bare-bones motoring fun. The cloth seats are comfortable, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob feel good in the hand, but beyond that you don't get many extras. The Sport comes with Bluetooth, a six-speaker stereo system and a single USB port.
Buyers looking to maximize the Miata's sporting character should seriously consider the Club trim, which adds not only a host of creature comforts, but plenty of mechanical upgrades. The 2017 MX-5 Miata Club gets sport-tuned Bilstein shocks, and a limited-slip differential. BBS wheels and Brembo brakes are available as an optional extra for the Club. Beyond that, the Club adds a 7-inch touchscreen and a nine-speaker Bose surround-sound system with app integration.
The Grand Touring trim is meant for more comfortable cruising. It loses the Club's mechanical upgrades in favor of a more comfortable ride and upgrades both interior comfort and technology. This top-of-the-line Miata gets leather upholstery and a handful of other interior trim upgrades, plus, automatic adaptive headlights, auto-dimming mirrors with exterior heating, automatic climate control and navigation.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata has always been a tremendous value in terms of fun per dollar, and the 2017 model just proves the rule. Even better, thanks to its light weight and efficient engine, it offers very good fuel economy for a sports car. You may already know which Miata is right for you, but be sure to check out our full review for more information. Edmunds also offers shopping tools to help you get the best deal on a tremendously fun 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
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