POLL: What’s the Best Mazda MX-5 Miata Ever?

POLL: What’s the Best Mazda MX-5 Miata Ever?

With every Mazda MX-5 Miata being such a joy to drive, picking the best is an impossible task. What’s your favorite Mazda MX-5 Miata ever?

Take the poll right here—and if you need help making your choice, read what makes each model special just below.


1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata

1990 Mazda MX-5 MiataThe 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata changed the sports car game completely as a two-seat roadster weighing just over 2,000 lbs. with a 1.6-liter engine and 116 HP. Super responsive and properly balanced, the average person could easily drive the MX-5 near its limit. Since it was so light, the suspension didn’t have to be stiff, which created a genuinely comfortable ride. This is the MX-5 Miata that started it all.

2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata

2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 MiataAside from its 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, what made the Mazdaspeed so special was its complete package: Bilstein shocks, beefier springs, wider tires, thicker anti-roll bars and a strut tower brace as well as a tasteful skirt package, 17-inch wheels and a rear spoiler. It was all just gravy, bolstering the MX-5’s already amazing driving experience.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Great steering, amazing grip and the one of the best transmissions of any MX-5, the “ND” MX-5 is continuing proof that for the folks at Mazda, driving matters. Weighing 2,332 lbs., this MX-5 refocused the Miata gram strategy, making the most of its 155-hp engine in a package that brought its cornering capabilities into a new era.

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

2013 Mazda MX-5 MiataAlthough it was near the end of the third generation MX-5 Miata, it didn’t stop Mazda from adding more performance to its incredible handling. Called the Club, this model featured Bilstein dampers, a limited-slip differential and larger front and rear splitters—and all of the responsiveness MX-5 fans had come to expect from this great roadster.

1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata

1996 Mazda MX-5 MiataIn 1996, the most powerful version of the first generation MX-5 Miata was introduced. Adding to its responsiveness and unbelievable cornering ability, the 1.8-liter four cylinder received a slight bump in output to 133 HP.

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata PRHT

Mazda MX-5 Miata PRHTIn 2007, the third generation MX-5 Miata featured a new feature not offered on any previous version. A three-piece, Power Folding Retractable Hard Top convertible roof was now available that also added a new level of all-weather capability and practicality.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

Mazda MX-5 Miata RFWith its gorgeous and revolutionary Retractable Fastback, unmistakable styling and naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF might just be the greatest Miata ever—and certainly takes the MX-5 Miata philosophy of being a joy to drive to the next unmistakable level. It also might just be the best looking Miata ever!

  • David Rohe

    The 1.8L was introduced in the 1994 model year, not the 1996 model year. 1994 was also the last year that it had a lbs/sq in. oil pressure gauge.

  • Jim H. Lee

    2016’s graham strategy? I thought it was gram strategy, like they focused on eliminating one gram at a time. I’ll look for some crackers hiding in my future RF.

  • David B

    Mk3 launch edition is one of the best in my opinion,2 ltre engine and 6 speed box among other refinements make it a great little car.

  • smartacus

    oooh that’s a toughy.
    it’s either the 2007 PRNDL with the retractable hardtop
    or the 2017 MX-5 Robert Farago edition

    **honorable menschen to the 2004 MazdaSpeed

  • 19dac49 .

    I loved my ’92 with only the limited slip diff and an air condition. Down south you have to have A/C. It was pure driving pleasure built to handle twisty roads but never about speed. LOL speed is for kids, old guys like handling and reliability.

  • Charlie

    I actually have a ’90 with limited slip and NO air and still love it ( deep in the heart of Texas )!

    Then again I take my wifes car for the 4 month summer.

  • Ash

    What a silly poll, how can the RF poll so high and it has not gone into production yet?

  • Ash

    PRHT is the best. Security with a fully open top unlike the RF. No canvas that tears or can be torn…..The best Miata by far.

  • dubbreak

    The poll is garbage. It’s missing every nb other than the Mazdaspeed. Nb1, nb2 (facelift) and the 10th anniversary edition.

    I love the nb. I also love the look of the Nd (have yet to drive one). I’d take a 1.8 Na, but they are difficult to come by in good condition. Easier to find a mb with LSD option around here.

    The NC never grew on me.

  • Mine is one of the best ever. 1994 black with the R (for Racing) Package. 1994 was the year they beefed up the motor a little bit. And 96 was when they started putting all the smog crap on it. Thus making 94 and 95 the most desirable of the A type. The R Package came with beefed up suspension and etc. And only 100 of them were made in black in 94.

  • 19dac49 .

    I’m from Texas also. Your ride has stood the test of time…that’s quality…an engineering master piece. They even tuned the exhaust system to sound sweet in the power band.

  • Charlie

    Ugh I wish I had better exhaust actually, it’s the last big piece I really want to upgrade.

    You’re spot on about the quality though, my Miata fires up faster than any other car I’ve owned, still to this day.

  • Boise Ed

    They’re all great.Having seen the 2017 RF today, I think it’s probably on top of the heap. I’m happy that with the M4/ND version, the stopped the feature creep and cut a couple of hundred pounds from it. I love my 2011 PRHT, though.

  • kaffekup

    Never owned one, but I was in a focus group for it in ’89. I remember thinking, what is it and where can I buy one? I had an ’87 MR2 at the time, but kept it until 2000.

  • Rickers

    Mazdaspeed FTW!

  • Martin Logan

    ’91 BRG SE FTW!