2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review: Car Reviews

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Mazda’s sports car has all of the virtues and of the vices of the original Miata


1. Powered by a 2.0L the MX-5 makes 167-hp, more than the original.

2. The MX-5 with a PRHT 5,560 lbs, just 240 lbs than a first-gen 1997

3. MX-5 models start at and jump to $27,150 for the hard-top. that to the original, with an of under $14,000 back in

The first and second generation (as the MX-5 was previously known) are for their nimble chassis, shifters and no-frills open-air By modern standards, the previous are varying degrees of crude, less-than-stellar highway manners, a cabin and a somewhat dated

On the other hand, the Miata’s undeniably lend it much of its and the newest MX-5, with its folding hardtop, relatively interior and torquey 2.0L is undeniably improved. The question is, it come at the expense of the original essence?


If you ask us, we can unequivocally say that the MX-5 is a and is a rightful heir to the Miata’s Rather than being a super-sized caricature of its former the MX-5 takes all of the old car’s and buttresses them. Gone is the gutless economy car engine, by a growling 2.0L four-banger 167 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque.

A manual gearbox is an option on models (and fitted on our car in place of a 5-speed stick or a automatic gearbox). While the retains the same tight, feel as the original car, the clutch is trickier to operate, to a much lighter flywheel allows for rapid clutch quicker shifts and a much feel than its humble would suggest.

We couldn’t the car’s claimed 0-60 of roughly 7 seconds, but the MX-5 feels much faster. It may not impressive on paper, but for everyday the MX-5’s grunt is more adequate. Fuel economy for the was less than impressive – officially rated at 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the if you’re driving this car it’s meant to be driven, it be impossible to hit those numbers.

Straight-line performance isn’t the leap forward that the has made. With big 18-inch sticky tires, Bilstein and a limited-slip differential, the MX-5 just as nimble as the original but the overall experience is markedly Rather than the low-down, cornering style of the Miata also happened to be plagued substantial body roll and grip from the stock the MX-5 feels much planted and stable, yet can hardly be boring.

On the highway, the MX-5 much easier to manage, to its wider track and more engine (we were spinning 3200 rpm in 6th gear at 75 mph versus 4000 rpm in the old car).

If the Miata British roadsters like the MGB and Elan, the MX-5 is much in the vein of a BMW Z4 or Honda S2000. journalist Jeremy Clarkson remarked that the MX-5 more alive at 30 mph than cars do at 100” and we’d be pressed to come up with a summary. While other concentrate on power, technology and the MX-5 delivers exactly you need to get a thrill behind the

It may not be the fastest sports car out there, but exactly the point – you don’t to break the law to enjoy yourself.

the MX-5 weighs just 240 lbs than a 1997 MX-5 (a generation car with flip-up for a total of 2560 lbs. For today’s Honda Civic Si in at roughly 3000 lbs, the Miata one of the few lightweight sports available for sale today, and the of mass is one of the big factors behind its handling.

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How Mazda managed to this is beyond our comprehension as our has all the modern safety features and protection that the Miata plus equipment like seats, the aforementioned 18-inch a Bose sound system and the folding hard top. the PRHT (Power Retractable by Mazda, the PRHT weighs 80 pounds more than the top (also available) and takes up no space. Instead, the PRHT folds onto a shelf aft of the two although the folded structure is visible, rather than over like higher-end with retractable hardtops.

The top’s operation is refreshingly with only one latch and one needed to raise or lower the We noticed a couple minor ranging from the mundane vehicle must be stationary for the top to be to the pedantic (the vehicle be in gear when raising or the roof).


The MX-5’s interior isn’t we’d call luxurious, but far from cheap. Most of the are above average, and we found the seats a bit too plush for our liking. they appear to be decently we found they have support and can become tiring on drives – one trait that the shares with the original albeit not a positive one.

The Bose stereo is another sounding washed out and tinny the fancy brand name. A big of top-down driving is being to enjoy your favorite and the MX-5 failed us here.

the MX-5’s styling is a little too for a car with such driving The Miata has suffered from labeled a chick car (and unprintable epithets), and while the new is larger and more muscular, traits are diminished by Mazda’s “smiley face” front

Besides, this kind of is the opposite direction that should be taking, especially the Miata’s classic, British-inspired


Despite our superficial the MX-5 is just as good a as the original Miata that back in 1990, and represents a example of how a car can evolve with the and not lose any of its magic. The current of the MX-5 isn’t slated to long, and rumors surrounding the new state that it will be still, possibly lighter the Miata of 20 years ago.

For now, the MX-5 occupies a niche, not comparable to the Chevrolet or Ford Mustang Convertible and a less … than like a Lotus Elise. The BMW Z4 or SLK might measure up dynamically, but would dream of cross-shopping a luxury roadster with the

Instead, the MX-5 occupies a niche as a new car that privileges pleasure above all else, and without any serious compromises. it would never suffice as a car, but the MX-5 is perfectly as a daily driver, and at $31,720 for our loaded test vehicle, reasonable for one of the all-time great cars.

On the other hand, the is the kind of car that attracts a kind of buyer – one that has made up their mind. dismissing this car due to prejudices its supposedly less-than-macho demographic be convinced no matter what. a pity.

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