Is a Mazda MX-5 a good first car?

I’m looking to buy my first car, but I’m not exactly looking for something boring. I feel confident in my ability to drive a sportier ride, but I still want to make sure it’s a realistic choice for a first buy. Is the Mazda MX-5 a good first car?

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Pat Roache · Answered on Dec 27, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Typically when you buy your first car, you’d want to look for an average-sized ride with good safety features, an affordable price tag, and high projected reliability. **The Mazda MX-5 could be a good first car if you’re willing to be flexible on a few of those credentials.
The MX-5 is a comfortable and affordable sports car that fairs well as a daily driver. That checks off quite a few boxes for a first-time buy. You’ll get a lot of use out of it and you’ll look good in the process! Where the MX-5 falters for first-time buyers is safety: This coupe is not as safe as many other first-time options out there.
You may feel okay buying a sports car as your first car if you’re confident in your driving abilities. Just keep in mind that your lack of experience and the Mazda MX-5’s elevated risk spell expensive car insurance rates in the long run. You may be able to find affordable quotes, but it will be a lot harder than for a safer sedan or SUV.
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