Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Mazda MX-5 Miata review
When the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster debuted for 1990, this snazzy little convertible was an instant hit. Buyers lined up outside Mazda dealerships and gladly paid well over sticker price for the fetching new Miata.
Though the initial mania has long since faded, the Mazda Miata continues to be a very popular convertible. Today's third-generation car continues the trend. Current Mazda MX-5 Miata
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a two-seat convertible powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine good for 167 horsepower. The Miata is available in three trims: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. It's available on all Miatas but the Sport. Used Mazda MX-5 Miata Models
The current Mazda MX-5 Miata dates back to 2006 when it was completely redesigned. Initially, the lineup consisted of six trim levels: Club Spec, Base, Touring, Sport, Grand Touring and Third Generation Limited Edition. For '07, equipment was reshuffled into four trims -- SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring -- and the limited edition was discontinued. That year also saw a 5-hp drop for cars with the automatic transmission. The second-generation Mazda Miata was originally powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 140 hp and 119 pound-feet of torque. For 2001, horsepower was bumped up to 155 and the Special Edition's six-speed manual became optional on the Miata LS. The original Mazda Miata roadster of 1990 offered one 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (116 hp, 100 lb-ft of torque), one five-speed manual transmission and three colors: red, white and blue. Detail improvements saw the Miata through its first several years, with revised option packages, more power (the engine grew to 1.8 liters and 128 hp for '94) and stunning M-editions (special paint colors, a tan top, tan leather interior and 15-inch BBS wheels).
The 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata ranks 1 out of 5 Affordable Sports Cars. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a dream, especially for sports car enthusiasts on a budget. Not surprisingly, the Miata is one of Car and Driver's "10Best."
Many test drivers even assert that the Miata is the best sports car available at this price point.
Other Sports Cars to Consider
It doesn't trump the Miata in terms of handling, but most affordable sports car shoppers will still find it plenty satisfying.
Details: Mazda MX-5 Miata
The soft top Miata is available in three trims: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The power retractable hardtop is available in two: Touring and Grand Touring