Mazda did not do much to the 2017 Mazda MX-5 so technically, so why not go for the 2016 model since it is cheaper?
While the issues weren’t that well known, some buyers did point out that the 2016 Mazda MX-5 did come with a transmission issue. According to the customers, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 transmission would shatter. It was later explained that the gear was getting worn down faster than it was supposed to and that causes the transmission to shatter.
Mazda was well aware of the issue and they made some changes to the 2017 model to ensure that this does not happen anymore which means that the 2017 should be safe from the problem.
The 2017 Mazda MX-5 will come in with a 2.0 litre DOHC 4 cylinder engine that will be offering about 155hp and 148lb ft of torque. The vehicle will return about 26mpg in the city and 33mpg on the highway with its manual transmission and 35mpg on the highway with the auto transmission.