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Mazda MX-5 Miata

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3.2 (Good)

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Generations

If you were to distill driving pleasure down to a small package, you'd find the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata as the evaporated product ready for bottling. While it isn't packing the most horsepower in the segment, the Miata is incredibly nimble, capable of maintaining insane amounts of speed through the corners, and a joy to drive. These factors combine to make it quite possibly the best sports car you can buy with a price tag south of the Porsche Boxster.

2016 - 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

3/4 Front Glamour 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Major changes included:

All Miatas are, as always, front-engine rear-drive two-seat convertibles. The well-received folding hard top that was available on the previous generation is no longer available; it will be interesting to see if Mazda decides to bring it back later. Read more »

2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

2009 - 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

3/4 Front Glamour 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Major changes included:

The MX-5 Miata roadster comes in two basic configurations: a soft-top or a power retractable hardtop. Three transmissions are offered, a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The only engine available, a 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder, comes in two power levels, one rated at 167 horsepower with... Read more »

2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

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