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Most Fun Car to Drive: Mazda MX-5

Find out why the Mazda MX-5 is the 2018 winner of our Most Fun Car to Drive award.

Fun comes in many forms, especially where cars are concerned. It could be putting your foot down that does it for you, or whizzing around corners, or it might even just be travelling comfortably and quietly while the stereo plays your favourite tune. Luckily, the Mazda MX-5 excels in all those areas.
Like most of our awards, this category was decided by feedback collated from a survey of more than 40,000 car owners, all of whom rated their car in 16 key areas. That means an Auto Trader New Car Award is a real stamp of approval from people that live with the car day-in, day-out, and it makes each winner a true consumer champion. Not only did owners vote the MX-5 as the most fun car to drive, but they also voted it as the best looking. Here are just a few of the comments owners made about the MX-5…
  • “Terrific to drive, leaving a smile on my face every time.”
  • “I love the looks and styling, and the way it handles.”
  • “Stylish. Looks classy.”
Our experts are also hugely impressed by the MX-5, and you can see why in our expert review.
Commenting on the MX-5’s victory in this category, Auto Trader’s Road Test Editor, Ivan Aistrop, said: “It’s no accident that the MX-5 is the world’s best-selling open-top sports car, and the thrill-a-minute driving experience is a big part of its success. The classic front-engined, rear-drive layout endows the car with natural agility and poise, while sharp steering and quick responses are also important pieces of the puzzle. The MX-5’s sleek looks and impressive quality also help make it a very appealing sports car package.” The little Mazda’s talent as a sports car has earned it a spot in our Best Sports Car list. Interestingly, though, the MX-5 didn’t quite make our Best Fun Cars list. What on earth could’ve pipped it? Will one of those alternatives have the tools to take the honours in 2019? Or will one of this year’s runners-up – the BMW 1 Series and BMW i3 – be able to go one better? If you’re looking for a new car and fancy injecting a little slice of fun into your life, you can start configuring your brand new Mazda MX-5 on Auto Trader right now.

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