After a world debut last year and a US premiere this year, the new generation Mazda MX-5 is ready to defend its title as the most popular roadster in the world. This title was achieved through its affordability during the last two decades. The new generation tries to stay true to this heritage, as its starting price in the US is $24,915 in entry-level Sport trim.
The fourth-generation MX-5 provides Mazda’s latest safety features and technologies and maintains an inflation-adjusted price close to that of the original roadster. The 2016 MX-5 launches this summer and will be available in Sport, Club and Grand Touring trim levels.
The base MX-5 Sport expected to outperform the sportiest previous road-going variants. For the first time, a six-speed manual transmission will come standard as well as LED headlights, USB audio input, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a leather-wrapped shift knob and power door locks.
"The three trim levels available – Sport, Club and Grand Touring – are tailored for three very different types of customers, broadening the MX-5’s appeal," said Rod McLaughlin, MX-5 vehicle line manager, Mazda North America. "The Sport model is for those desiring a pure, lightweight, unadulterated wind-in-the-hair driving experience. MX-5 Club is for those seeking a more aggressive appearance and driving experience and Grand Touring models are for loyal MX-5 owners who seek premium amenities and a driving experience that only MX-5 can deliver."