The Mazda Miata debuted 25 years ago to unanimous praise for its charisma and simplicity. It’s grown up a tad since then, but still delivers the classic sports car experience that won over the masses in the beginning.
What's New for 2014
Aside from some new colors, the MX-5 Miata carries on as before.
Choosing Your Mazda MX-5 Miata
The rear-drive MX-5 Miata is a textbook roadster with a snug two-person interior, manual soft top and enticing shape. The base model starts out with a five-speed manual transmission, and the upper trim levels get a six-speed unit. Any Miata can be equipped with a six-speed automatic. The sole engine is a 2-liter four-cylinder with 167 horsepower, or 158 with the automatic.
The MX-5 Miata is available in three trim levels:
It’s refreshing that a manual transmission is offered on all trim levels. If you’re gong that route, upgrade to the Club to get the more modern six-speed unit. The standard soft top is charming, but the hardtop available on the Club and Grand Touring makes the Miata more suitable for daily driving.