2024 Mazda MX-5 Price & Specs Breakdown

By Alexi Falson on 05 Feb 2024
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Mazda MX-5 G20 Roadster GT Specs
    • 45L
    • 165
    • 7000 / 4000
    • Unrated
    • Automatic
The Mazda MX-5 has long been the benchmark for accessible rear-wheel drive thrills that don’t involve breaking the speed limit - nor the bank account.

For 2024, the Mazda MX-5 has picked up some performance enhancements, added technology and a mild styling overhaul that make it one of the sharpest roadsters we’ve seen from the company yet.

Ahead of its official arrival this year, let’s break down pricing and have a closer look at specifications for the updated MX-5 range here in Australia.

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Starting Price: $41,370

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How Much Does It Cost?

The 2024 Mazda MX-5 range kicks off from $41,370 for the entry-level Roadster Manual, with prices rising to $46,100 for the open-top RF Manual.

From here, prices rise to $48,490 for the Roadster GT manual, while the Roadster GT Automatic is priced at $49,990, the RF GT Manual is priced at $52,990 and the RF GT Automatic is priced at $54,490.

Stepping up to the Roadster GT RS Manual brings the price to $51,490 while the RF GT RS Manual is priced at $55,990.

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Mazda MX-5 (G20 ROADSTER GT) Specifications

Model Date 2024
Model MX-5
Series MX5Y
Transmission 6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive RWD
Engine GDi
Engine capacity 1998
Engine configuration VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM / 16 valves
Engine RPM 7000 / 4000
Cylinders 4
Torque 205
KW 135
Fuel tank size 45.0
Fuel usage specs 7.1 / 0
CO2 165
ANCAP security rating Unrated

What Features Does the Mazda MX-5 Have?

Mazda is yet to finalise specifications for the 2024 MX-5 range, though the company has confirmed some new equipment upgrades that we’ll add to the current MY23’s features list.

Mazda’s entry-level MX-5 Roadster and RF variants come riding on a set of new 17-inch alloy wheels, and receive automatic LED head and tail lights, LED daytime running lamps, black cloth upholstery, cruise control, climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever and a rear-view camera with rear parking sensors.

There’s also a new asymmetrical limited-slip differential for manual variants, a kinematic posture control handling system, a new 8.8-inch infotainment system with DAB+, sat-nav and Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system and Mazda’s new MZD Connect system.

Moving to the MX-5 GT variants adds black leather upholstery with heated seats, keyless entry, body-coloured mirrors and an upgraded nine-speaker BOSE sound system.

The range-topping GT RS grade adds 17-inch BBS forged wheels, Bilstein suspension dampers, upgraded front suspension braces, a four-piston Brembo brake package, gloss black side mirrors and a new track mode driving setting.

2024 mazda mx-5 interior

2024 mazda mx-5 headlamp

2024 Mazda MX-5 Range Features:

  • 17-inch alloys 

  • Redesigned LED head & tail lights, daytime running lamps 

  • Black cloth upholstery with leather-wrapped 

  • Cruise control 

  • 8.8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto 

  • Asymmetrical limited-slip differential

  • Mazda MZD Connect 

  • Rear-view camera with rear parking sensors 

  • Black leather upholstery (GT)

  • Nine-speaker BOSE sound system (GT) 

  • 17-inch BBS forged wheels (GT RS)

  • Bilstein suspension dampers (GT RS)

  • Upgraded Brembo brakes (GT RS)

  • Track mode (GT RS)

Is the Mazda MX-5 Fast?

Mazda is sticking with its four-cylinder petrol unit from the previous year model for the 2024 MX-5 range.

This means you’ll find a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder under the swooping bonnet that produces 135kW of power at 7,000rpm, as well as 205Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, with a more natural soundtrack transmitted straight from the engine to the cabin.

Power is, of course, thrown to the rear wheels via your choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

From a standstill, the 2024 Mazda MX-5 will retain a 100km/h sprint in around six seconds, giving it some seriously brisk acceleration off the line.

What Performance Features Does the 2024 Mazda MX-5 Receive?

Mazda has updated all members of the 2024 MX-5 range with a new asymmetrical limited-slip differential, which means it will offer some even more impressive handling characteristics.

2024 mazda mx-5 rear

There’s also Mazda’s kinematic posture control system that dabs a little bit of the inside wheel’s brakes to help you pivot around a tight corner and reduce body roll in the process.

Step up to the range-topping Mazda MX-5 GT RS and you’ll receive a new Track mode for the stability control system, though this feature is reserved for the GT RS manual, only.

It’s expected that the GT RS will retain its 18-inch forged wheels and the upgraded suspension dampers from Bilstein that offer a significant reduction in body roll over the base model which makes it the performance pick of the bunch.

Is the 2024 Mazda MX-5 Fuel Efficient?

Considering Mazda is enlisting the help of the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, it’s fair to assume the 2024 MX-5 range will offer similar, if not identical fuel economy figures as the previous year's model.

Thankfully, Mazda’s four-pot is quite an efficient little unit, which means the base model will likely return combined cycle fuel economy figures of 6.8L/100km with a manual transmission, increasing to 7.0L/100km in the Roadster automatic.

The base open-top RF manual is rated at 6.9L/100km, while the RF automatic returns fuel economy figures of 7.2L/100km on a combined cycle.

  • Roadster Manual Fuel Economy: 6.8L/100km

  • Roadster Automatic Fuel Economy: 7.0L/100km 

  • RF Manual Fuel Economy: 6.9L/100km 

  • RF Automatic Fuel Economy: 7.2L/100km

Is it Practical and Spacious?

While it’s hard to call a petite, two-seat sports car a practical affair, Mazda has done well to ensure that it doesn’t isolate taller Aussies looking for some thrills on the open road.

Step inside the MX-5 and you’ll immediately notice just how low-slung the driving position is, giving you a sensation of being glued to the road while adding to headroom potential inside the cabin.

Having said that, taller drivers will feel somewhat cramped inside the MX-5, though not to the extent that it’s a deal-breaker unless you’re pushing toward a professional basketballer’s height.

Major highlights inside the 2024 MX-5’s cabin include the new 8.8-inch infotainment display with is a substantial upgrade over the outgoing 7.0-inch unit, as well as the overhaul of the MZD Connect operating system.

Storage options look to be unchanged from the previous model, meaning there’s a split-fold centre armrest with a small storage area inside, a lockable area for valuables sitting behind the seats, a pair of cup holders and a tray just big enough for smartphones behind the gear lever.

For those wondering, last year’s MX-5 range offers 127L of boot space in the RF hardtop convertible, while the soft-top Roadster offers 130L of space in the boot; it’s unlikely these will change in the 2024 MX-5 considering it’s the same platform.

All up, practicality has never been a priority for Mazda while designing the MX-5, though the pint-sized roadster does what it can with its limited proportions.

Is it Safe?

The 2024 Mazda MX-5 range is yet to be officially tested by ANCAP, while the previous MX-5 scored a five-star ANCAP safety rating when it was tested back in 2016.

Mazda is yet to confirm any safety equipment upgrades for the 2024 MX-5, though if it’s packaged the same way as the MY23, you can expect to find the following safety gear.

The list includes forward and reverse autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, a rear-view camera with rear parking sensors, hill-start assist, driver attention alerts, tyre pressure monitoring and traffic sign detection.

Our Verdict: Is the 2024 Mazda MX-5 Going to be Worth it?

The 2024 Mazda MX-5 lineup looks to be the sharpest we’ve seen to date, while some key technology upgrades have helped to make the cabin a more contemporary affair.

2024 mazda mx-5 white

If you’re after one of the most affordable rear-wheel sports cars on the market, there’s nothing quite like what’s on offer in the MX-5.

On that note, if you’re looking to get behind the wheel of a new car soon, be sure to reach out to one of our car-buying experts who can help find you the best deal possible.

Five Specs You Need to Know

  1. Five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty 

  2. 2.0-litre four-cylinder produces 135kW/205Nm 

  3. Six-speed manual or automatic, rear-wheel drive 

  4. 8.8-inch infotainment system replaces previous 7.0-inch unit 

  5. Untested by ANCAP


Alexi Falson

Alexi is an automotive journalist and road tester hailing from Byron Bay. He has an affection for both cars and motorbikes, a great admiration for the simplicity of old-school engineering, and a fascination of new technology making its way to modern cars. When he's not road testing, you'll find him surfing, hiking or helping people find their dream cars.

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