Mazda MX-5 GT Convertible 2023 Review

Is the MX-5 GT Convertible any good

MX-5 GT Convertible – Occasionally when I am testing cars, I get lucky. Sometimes we get a convertible like the Mazda MX-5 and the weather is beautiful.  2023 Mazda MX-5 GT Convertible Black roof front quarter 1

So, it was on a sunny Easter weekend that we lowered the convertible top in the MX-5 and headed off for a drive. Sunglasses on, fresh air and the open road. Pity about the Easter traffic.

That’s what the MX-5 is all about.

The latest model now comes exclusively with the 2.0 litre engine, revised suspension settings and some cosmetic updates. There is also a choice between a 6-speed manual and automatic transmission.

Over the years it has grown a little, got a bit heavier and now has more safety, comfort and luxury features.

But the core of the MX-5 hasn’t changed since it was first released way back in 1989. The MX-5 is a two-seat rear wheel drive sports car. It’s all about driving fun and there possibly isn’t a better-balanced sports convertible around.

There are four models available, and we drove the MX-5 GT Convertible with black roof. It is priced from $54,892 plus the usual costs.

In a rapidly changing automotive world, sports cars like the Mazda MX-5 are special.

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What is good?

  • Very cool styling
  • Outstanding balance
  • 2.0L engine better

What is not so good?

  • Intrusive safety features
  • No room for taller drivers
  • Infotainment a little behind the pace

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Sports Convertibles are rare, especially at this price range. So you have to look further afield to more conventional sports cars.

Buyers could look at Subaru BRZToyota GR Corolla, Subaru WRX, Honda Civic Type R, Audi S3, Toyota Supra

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MX-5 GT Convertible

Model Price$54,892 MLP*
Engine2.0l 4 Cyl Petrol Euro 5
Drivetrain6 Sp Sports AT FWD
Power135kW @ 7,000rpm
Torque205Nm @ 4.000rpm
SafetyThree-star ANCAP (tested Sept 2015)
0-100kmh / Top SpeedTBA
CO2 EmissionsTBA
Economy ADR7.2L/100km / 45L capacity
Economy on test8.3L/100k
Max Range804km
Servicing12Mth / 10,000km Capped Price
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Roadside Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges).

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Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel8
Ride and Handling9
Fit for Purpose9
Styling / Design9
Value for Money8

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Overall Length3915mm
Wheels17×7.0 Alloy
Tyres205/45 R17
Max ground clearanceUp to 135mm
Wading DepthNot Applicable
ApproachNot Applicable
RampoverNot Applicable
Departure angleNot Applicable
Turning Circle KTK9.4m
Tub LengthNot Applicable
Tub width archesNot Applicable
Tub DepthNot Applicable
Kerb Weight1134kg
Payload (kg)TBA
Towing CapacityNot Applicable
Tow Ball ratingNot Applicable

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    Overall Rating - 8.3/10


Mazda MX-5 is an iconic rear wheel drive, two door sports car.

We drove the 2023 MX-5 GT Convertible Black Roof

The latest version, even though its bigger, more powerful and has more technology, retains the pure core of the original model.

Simple driving pleasure.

About Brianna Fraser 71 Articles
Brianna has been driving a different car every week since she got her learners permit. Now writing and doing videos for us she is also qualified in the Hospitality, Beauty and Child Care industries but still finds time to be our resident gourmet chef. She provides the most magnificent meals when the mood takes her.Her camp oven damper made at Ute weekends and camping trips has to be tasted to be believed.In addition to that, she has a particular affinity with off road driving and has been driving since she was 9 years on the same farm as Rob learned to drive on. Unusually for one so young she is exceptionally competent with off road driving, keeping up with drivers that many more years experience. Brianna is currently compiling her own bush cook book along with her other business interests.