When buying sports cars, many people overlook reliability. However, most weekend toys in the form of sports cars don’t get driven that well. Therefore, reliability is an important factor to consider. Unfortunately, many high-performance cars don’t really make the list when it comes to reliability. However, there is one new sports car that shines when it comes to reliability.
The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the only sports car on this list
Consumer Reports clearly doesn’t take it lightly when it comes to branding a car as reliable. So you can rest assured that every one of his recommendations is a trustworthy ride. However, on the list of the most reliable new cars, the only sports car that makes an appearance is the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Further proof that whenever a sports car question comes up, Miata is always the answer!
CR recently named an older generation Mazda Miata as one of the best affordable sports cars money can buy. In fact, it was the only one to get a perfect score on driving test, reliability and owner satisfaction. The greetings to the latest version of this legendary roadster are now almost as high.
Although CR’s 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata gets a good score in terms of road testing, it gets a perfect score in the other two categories. Projected reliability and projected owner satisfaction levels have gone through the roof. Of course, that’s not too surprising given the Miata’s notoriety for being good from pretty much every angle.
According to RepairPal, the average annual maintenance cost for a 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata is just $429, well below the small car average. Additionally, the Miata’s repair severity rating is only 10 percent of problems. So even if a problem does arise, the likelihood of it being serious is extremely small.
Overall, RepairPal rates reliability at four out of five stars, well above average.
Is the Mazda MX-5 reliable?
All signs point to the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata upholding the tradition of extreme reliability. Not only that, but it also upholds the tradition of extreme driving pleasure.
Although the Miata has grown in size and drastically changed its appearance over the years, the concept remains the same. It’s an affordable sports car that gives you the go-kart-like driving experience and pleasures of an open roadster without breaking the bank.
All in all, it’s hard to beat the 2022 MX-5 Miata. It has a high-revving 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 hp. While it’s not a rocket ship in a straight line, it’s still good for a sub-six second sprint from zero to 60 mph. Additionally, Car and Driver describes the mighty little roadster’s handling as “eager,” with quick and predictable changes of direction on deck.
Best of all, the 2022 MX-5 Miata has remarkable fuel efficiency numbers. The EPA estimates 26 mpg city and up to 35 mpg highway. Car and Driver even reports that it beats those numbers too.
Overall, the performance, fuel efficiency and reliability make the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata the clear sports car choice when it comes to buying a new spirited driving car!
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