Since its inception in 1990, the Miata has always prioritized precise handling over speed. Even the quick Mazdaspeed, produced in 2004 and 2005, wasn't exactly a speed demon. But the lightweight roadster could always hang with the best of the them in the corners.
For 2013, the MX-5 Miata gets a slight facelift that gives the "cute" sports car a more aggressive outward appearance.Three trim levels – Sport, Club and Grand Touring – share a 2-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine. It pumps out 167 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 140 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm in Sport and Club models with a manual five-speed transmission. Output drops to 158 horsepower at 6,700 rpm with an optional automatic transmission, which is standard on the Grand Touring model.
Acceleration isn't stunning, but a Miata with a manual transmission can hit 60 mph in under seven seconds, and return 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
Put a Miata in the twist, however, and accolades flow. Standard 16-inch wheels wrapped in 205/50R16 performance rubber keep it glued to the tarmac, and gas-filled shocks combined with front and rear stabilizer bars to minimize body roll. An optional sport-tuned Bilstein suspension system and 17-inch wheels only enhance the Miata's corner-devouring capabilities.
At the Sport Trim level, the MX-5 Miata has the basic amenities expected in a roadster: four-wheel disc brakes; an independent suspension; a five-speed manual transmission; halogen fog lights; an aluminum-alloy hood; a vinyl soft top; power side-view mirrors; 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; high-performance tires; air conditioning; power windows; a 12-volt power outlet; a mesh wind blocker; cloth seating; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and steering-wheel-mounted controls.
The Club trim level adds amenities like: a six-speed manual transmission; black front air dam and rear diffuser; a cloth convertible top; black-painted side-view mirrors; Club-exclusive badges and decals; 17-inch gunmetal aluminum-alloy wheel; power door locks; cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls; keyless entry; black cloth seating with red contrast stitching; a leather-trimmed shifter knob; and a body-colored decorative panel with Club-exclusive graphics.
The top-of-the-line Grand Touring features: a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters; an interior-matching cloth soft top; body-colored side-view mirrors; 17-inch alloy wheels; automatic climate control; auto-dimming rearview mirrors; a universal garage door opener; heated and leather-trimmed seating; a leather-wrapped parking brake handle; and a Bose audio system with AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM capabilities, a CD changer and seven speakers.
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|Build & Price|
2011 MAZDA MIATA$22,995 | 15,351 mi
2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata$21,977 | 13,348 mi
2008 Mazda MX-5$12,900 | 83,525 mi
2008 Mazda Miata MX-5$16,950 | 31,422 mi
2008 Mazda Miata MX-5$17,995 | 43,179 mi
2008 Mazda Miata MX-5$18,500 | 47,494 mi
2008 Mazda MX-5$18,576 | 83,592 mi
2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata$19,994 | 15,067 mi
2006 Mazda MX-5$13,970 | 51,953 mi
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata$14,995 | 43,322 mi
2006 Mazda Miata MX-5$17,995 | 27,702 mi
2006 Mazda MX-5$19,435 | 50,001 mi
2005 Mazda Miata MX-5$10,884 | 117,500 mi
2005 Mazda Miata MX-5$12,995 | 48,034 mi
2005 Mazda MX-5 Miata$15,400 | 69,403 mi
2003 Mazda Miata MX-5$9,995 | 86,782 mi
2002 MAZDA MIATA$9,995 | 67,243 mi
2000 Mazda Miata MX-5$11,950 | 65,344 mi
1996 Mazda Miata MX-5$5,950 | 93,526 mi
Unique styling, up to 208 horsepower from JCW model and great mpg, but more money and slow base model
Massively powerful, handles great and 5.5 seconds to 60 mph, but huge price tag and lower mpg
Super-luxurious, 211-horsepower engine and standard all-wheel drive, but very expensive
Peppy base V6, similar 0-to-60 number and seating for four, but more money and not a great handler