4th Generation (2016—2018) MX-5 Miata Problems

This generations ranks 17th out of 38 Mazda generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the suspension (33%), exterior (16%), and the interior (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. No Spare Tire 2 complaints at an average of 5 miles in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
  2. Sags on One Side 1 complaints at an average of 12 miles in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
  3. Metal Clanking When Going Over Bumps 1 complaints at an average of 12 miles in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

What MX-5 Miata Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mazda model years.

Watch out for the 2016 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2018 0 0 0 0.0
2017 1 0 0 0.57
2016 5 0 0 3.21

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