2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - October 28, 2014

The iconic Mazda Miata rolled onto the American scene 25 years ago to unanimous praise for its charisma and simplicity. It’s become more sophisticated since then, but still delivers the classic sports car experience that won over the masses in the beginning. Few cars in its price class offer a similar level of sheer driving enjoyment.

What's New for 2015

The base model sheds its vinyl top for a cloth one, and a 25th Anniversary Edition trim package debuts.

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Choosing Your Mazda MX-5 Miata

The rear-drive MX-5 Miata is a textbook roadster with a snug two-person interior, manual soft top and athletic shape. The base model starts out with a five-speed manual transmission, and the upper trim levels get a six-speed unit. Although it might go against tradition, any Miata can be equipped with a six-speed automatic. The sole engine is a 2-liter four-cylinder with 167 horsepower, or 158 with the automatic.

The MX-5 Miata is offered in four trim levels for 2015:


Comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a manual black cloth top, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows and mirrors, cloth upholstery and a six-speaker sound system with CD. The Convenience Package (standard with the automatic transmission) adds keyless entry with window controls, power locks, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted controls. The Appearance Package includes a front air dam and rear underskirt.


Carries the Sport’s option packages as standard, then adds specific 17-inch alloy wheels, black exterior trim, special interior accents and an (optional) power-retractable hardtop. The available Suspension Package equips the Miata with upgraded shocks and a limited-slip differential (manual transmission only).

Grand Touring

Tops of the Miata with heated leather seats, automatic climate control, a black or beige cloth top (or optional power hardtop), a seven-speaker Bose audio system with a six-CD changer, five-spoke alloy wheels and silver interior accents. The Suspension Package is available, as is a Premium Package with keyless ignition, xenon headlamps, Bluetooth phone and satellite radio.

25th Anniversary

Gets all of the Grand Touring's options as standard, plus unique wheels, upgraded leather upholstery and special badging.

CarsDirect Tip

We're pleased to see that a manual transmission is still offered on all trim levels. If you're going that route, upgrade to the Club to get the more modern six-speed unit. The standard soft top looks perfectly appropriate on a car like the Miata, but the hardtop available on the upper trims is infinitely more practical, especially in winter driving.

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2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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