• Aug 16, 2006
We reported earlier that Mazda's own North American website revealed that the price of the MX-5 Power Retractable Hard Top would start below $25,000, and Mazda has stayed true to its word. Dave Thomas over at KickingTires is reporting that the price will begin at a very reasonable $24,350, which makes this MX-5 the least expensive retractable hard top convertible on the market by far. The Pontiac G6 Convertible held that title for a short while with a base price of $28,490, but no more. Whereas the soft-top MX-5 starts at $20,435 for a Club Spec model, the MX-5 Power Retractable Hard Top begins as an upmarket Sport model with a six-speed manual or auto transmission and larger 17-inch wheels. DT did the math and since a soft-sport model starts at $22,935, that means the hard top hardware only costs buyers an additional $1,415.

[Source: KickingTires]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Eos, not the G6, is America's lowest price hard top cabrio.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So when are we going to see this?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow!

      That is all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "You can actually take 3 of your friends in the G6 and it will get around in the winter if you live somewhere where it snows."

      The same things can be said about the Camry Solara convertible, which is priced close to the G6, generously donated its styling to Pontiac, is exactly as boring on the road, and will start every morning. People buying Miatas are cross-shopping them with other RWD roadsters, not with chopped FWD poser coupes. What's your point?
      • 8 Years Ago
      This would actually be a good option for me. Living in an apartment, with no garage, the hardtop would make a lot more sense than any softop. If I needed to carry more than 2 people or anything bulky, I could just rent something.
      • 8 Years Ago
      When I first heard about this car, I thought it was kind of dumb, since the car already has an easy top to operate. I kind of see the point now. It makes a lot more sense in a climate where you have 4 seasons.

      With a hardtop and a good set of winter tires, I'm sure you could get a lot more year-round use out of the car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "You can actually take 3 of your friends in the G6"

      Yeah, but they're going to point and laugh at your Oprah-mobile.

      Sure, they might point and laugh at your Miata...until you blow them off the autocross track, that is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For a lot of people the choice between the MX 5, the Solstice and the Sky will be based on styling. For driving enthusiasts and people who can only have one car I suspect the choice will be one of usability (Mazda wins) and performance, as in the Mazda or a turo-charged, 260hp Solstice/Sky (GM wins). If GM fixes the top/trunk problem soon, they win all-around.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope in a couple years that maybe I can make one of these my first brand new car purchase... I live in SF, and it would be nice having something that handles so well and is so easy to fit into those "just a tad too small" parking spots. Also nice to be able to have the hard top to fend off the thieves that are always slashing soft tops... (They'd just break my windows instead)
      • 8 Years Ago
      hey guys. Yeah Cars.com doesn't include destination in any of its pricing for various reasons. But we list it separately so you always know its there.
      The MX5 hardtop is out this september.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a good deal on a great performing and looking car, makes me start thinking about getting another Miata.

      As for the person above comparing it to a G6. My last Miata with winter tires on it and a bag of sand in the trunk was one of the best winter snow going vehicles I have ever had, better then any of my FWD cars with all-seasons and up with my AWD Escape from a few years ago. If everyone needs to travel together the family can ride in the "family car". I'll take the car that puts a smile on my face everytime I hop in it and take a corner. Plus the Miata has a more useful trunk then the G6 with top down, making the Miata oddly a more practical car.

      The score: Miata-CC 2, G6-CC lame.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Comparing the MX-5 to the Eos is just about as silly. I haven't driven an Eos yet, but guarantee that it won't feel anything like the MX-5.

      AN says the total price is $24,945, so it looks like they're raising destination to $595 for 2007.
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