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2019 Mazda MX-5 RF long-term review: Infotainment

In this update, we put the spotlight on the MX-5's infotainment system.

2019 Mazda MX-5 RF long-term review: Introduction

Meet ‘Max’, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 RF. Yep, we spent many hours coming up with that name for the latest addition to our long-term fleet. Over the next three months, we will report on how the MX-5 tackles day-to-day life, through the city, country, and a road trip thrown in for good measure. Also, we will take a look at its infotainment and interior...

Mazda MX-5: You don’t mess with imperfection

Like something of a blank canvas, over the last 30 years the Mazda MX-5 has become the launching point for all manner of modified motoring fantasies. You’ll find them crammed full of GM V8s, Ford V6s, Mazda’s own rotary engines, or a massive variety of turbocharged and supercharged upgrades. Some have been lowered, some have been lifted (yup, off-road and rally roadsters are a thing)...

Cars We Own: 2016 Mazda MX-5 diary

The Mazda MX-5 has become a default choice for people who want a light, simple sports car. But what is the two-seat convertible like to live with? Here's a diary of our time with the CarAdvice MX-5. Think of this as a rolling logbook, a little window into life with the cars in the CarAdvice stable. You'll find the most recent entries at the top, and the older instalments at the bottom...

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Mazda MX-5 Videos

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition revealed in Geneva

Mazda is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its wildly popular MX-5 roadster - now in its fourth generation - with a uniquely styled and accessorised version of the current ND model.

Miataland - Where Japanese pride meets Italian passion

See the full article here. The Mazda MX-5 – or Miata as it’s also known – holds the title as the world’s best-selling two-seat convertible sports car. So as you can imagine, there are plenty of die-hard fans all over the planet. Fortunately, thanks to Mazda Australia, we got to meet one of the most dedicated Miata fans you’re ever likely to come across, Andrea Mancini - the founder and proud owner of Miataland...

Todi to Orvieto in a Mazda MX-5 Open Race | A CarAdvice Feature

See the full article here Finding himself in central Italy for one day, Dave Zalstein takes on Umbria’s picturesque SP373 in one very appropriate Mazda MX-5 race car.

Mastering Laguna Seca in a Mazda MX-5 Cup car

See the full article here. Opportunities to properly compete in an SCCA sanctioned race meet at the challenging Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Northern California don’t come around all that often, especially if you’re an Australian motoring journalist. It’s pure bucket list stuff and thanks to Mazda Australia, CarAdvice was lucky enough to do that...

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Mazda MX-5 Comparisons

Mazda MX-5 RF vs Mazda MX-5 comparison

If you have about $45-50k to spend on a convertible, there aren’t many good choices. The default pick is, of course, the Mazda MX-5, and as we discussed previously, it would be our pick over its Italian cousin, the Abarth 124, but now there is a new MX-5, one which throws mud at tradition and seeks to attract a new type of buyer to the brand...

Mazda MX-5 RF v Subaru BRZ comparison

Power up front, drive to the back, a stick-shift in the middle – it’s how nature intended sports cars to be. And these two purist offerings – the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF and the updated 2017 Subaru BRZ – are true to that formula. Both of these Japanese, sporty, fun and affordable cars may follow the same path towards inducing grins, particularly when fitted with manual gearboxes as our test cars are, but there are some fairly large differences between them...

What's the best fun car? 17 'hot' cars under $60k tested!

We assembled 17 of fittest 'fun cars' under $60k at Sydney Motorsport Park at the recent MotorWorld event and there you, our readers, into the test seats. And we gave the mega test field a spin ourselves. Together, we decide what's hot, what's fun and what is exception value for money...

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Mazda MX-5 News

2015 Mazda MX-5 recalled

Mazda Australia has issued a recall for the 2015 model-year ‘ND’ MX-5 sports car over concerns a metal bracket on the vehicle’s under-cover could come loose while driving. “The metal bracket may fall from the vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident or injury to vehicle occupants and other road users,” the company says in the recall notice...

CarAdvice podcast 159: LIVE at the new $65 million BMW Sydney showroom!

This week Mandy Turner, Trent Nikolic, and Paul Maric are live from the newly-refurbished BMW Sydney in Rushcutters Bay! In car news, Mercedes-Benz has slammed stamp duty increases on luxury cars, the 2019 Toyota HiLux will now feature AEB as standard, the Holden Commodore has some problems with its LS3 V8 fuel injectors, and Genesis has plans for a hydrogen car and massive SUV rollout...

Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition sold out Down Under

Mazda's very orange MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition has sold out in Australia, with the majority headed for Victoria. A third of Australia's 30-unit allocation is headed to Victoria, while nine will make their way to New South Wales, four to Queensland, three to the ACT, two to South Australia and one to Tasmania...

Mazda MX-5: Manual sales dominating Down Under, and in the USA

We're often told manual cars don't sell in meaningful numbers Down Under, but certain models buck the trend. Models like the Mazda MX-5. A recent report from the USA revealed 76% of MX-5 soft-top buyers are opting for three-pedal cars, and 52% of RF buyers are choosing to row their own. Which got us wondering if the story is the same in Australia...

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Mazda MX-5 Owner Reviews

2001 Mazda Mx-5 review

Best-selling roadster in history… Most raced car in the world… Hairdresser’s car…? Whatever label you use to describe the Mazda MX-5, its impact on the motoring world can’t be denied. For a vehicle to inspire such passion amongst its loyal, diverse and often obsessive fanbase across the globe, there clearly must be something pretty special about the two-seat roadster...

2007 Mazda Mx-5 Coupe review

My midlife crisis has been a lifelong affair. With 25 different cars under my belt in 32 years of driving, I’m about to turn 50 knowing I’ve been faithful to my wife but not a manufacturer. And for those contemplating purchasing the quintessential midlife convertible, read on. My grandfather owned 17 motorbikes in his life and the challenge to beat this number in any form of vehicle was an early goal...

2015 Mazda Mx-5 GT review

I had my ‘quarter life crisis’ towards the end of 2017. I realised that life’s too short to wait until you’re an empty nester to experience the thrill of driving through twisty mountain roads with the roof down, feeling the breeze through your hair (while you still have it). Hence why there is a red convertible sitting in my garage...

2017 Mazda Mx-5 RF review

How much car do you really need? Do you need another SUV? Do you need a 5 door hot hatch? Or do you just need something to drive to work, get the shopping and go out in on the weekend? The ND RF MX5 presents a compelling argument to take over the role of your everyday car, not just a weekend cruiser. It is easy to drive. It is cheap to run...

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