New and Used Mazda MX-5 Miata: Prices, Photos, Reviews, Specs – The Car Connection

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The Mazda MX-5 has provided the world with generations of sporty, affordable and has created an iconic reputation the way. The Miata was partially by British roadsters, but it was built Mazda’s attention to value-oriented The Miata has an undeniable fun factor.

Japanese reliability and the personality of like the legendary Lotus (not to mention its hideaway in the first generation), the Miata was short of a revolution.

The latest of the MX-5 is larger and a bit heavier, but it one of the smallest, lightest cars on the as well as the back-to-basics sports car in a offering many heftier, roadsters and convertibles that are less nimble and less to drive. Preferably with the top down.

For more information on the Miata, photos, options, pricing, and in-depth driving impressions, s ee review  of the 2013 Mazda .

The 2013 Mazda MX-5 should be at the top of the shopping list–and the only entry–for drivers who affordable open-air fun, handling, and a serious racing Well into in its third and its third generation, the MX-5 long ago became one of the world’s iconic sports cars.

Its nature makes it an easy car to for two-seat commuting, but whether preferences run more towards motoring at legal speeds or hot on local road course, the won’t disappoint you. that good.

The MX-5 Miata, as it’s more called in the U.S.—is a small, sports car and the epitome of the classic with a long hood and cabin, a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive and a design that keeps it and simple, sometimes at the expense of comfort. That said, the has maintained a reputation for being one of the enjoyable vehicles to drive, resorting to horsepower figures and times.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has three generations over its span on the market, starting in as a 1.6-liter four-cylinder rear-wheel-drive available with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, slightly with each new In 1993 the engine was enlarged to 1.8 and in 1998 the second-generation car was introduced. The 1.8-liter engine powered the MX-5 Miata, though it a slight increase in power.

The Miata offered a Mazdaspeed in 2004 and 2005, which power via the addition of a turbocharger to the engine, increasing output 130 horsepower to 178 horsepower.

Originally out for 1990, the MX-5 Miata was the vehicle of its kind in the U.S. several years–save for a few especially vehicles and the then-aging Fiat With the look and driving of the small British roadsters were somewhat trendy—combined the reliability of a well-engineered Japanese Miata struck the right in appealing both to a certain of enthusiast and to those who wanted an economical fair-weather machine.

But the Miata wasn’t alone in the for long; in the mid-1990s the BMW Z3, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz SLK Class arrived the next decade. Those models, though they out with as more stripped-down quickly went upmarket, the BMW and Mercedes trading in four-cylinder for sixes. Over the past 10 the only direct rivals for the have been the short-lived Solstice and Saturn Sky.

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The generation car was introduced in 2005 for the model year. It again a larger engine, up to 2.0-liters and 160 standard (167 horsepower in models), with a five- or manual transmission, or a six-speed though the engine is detuned to 158 when paired with the Six-speed manual models are with a limited-slip differential.

Thankfully weight was carefully down and the original light-and-lean has been maintained. A 2.0-liter powers the Miata, along five- or six-speed manual or an automatic, though the automatic to take some fun out of it. And while the maintains a go-kart-like handling with a low-to-the-road driving that tends to exaggerate the of speed without breaking the limit, the tight cabin can a feeling of vulnerability (there’s a of crash-test information on the Miata).

The cloth top isn’t power-operated, but it easy to open and close a single hand. For the 2007 year, however, a clever hard top (PRHT) version of the was introduced. Thanks to smart the hard top opens and closes preserves headroom, takes up no trunk space than the top, and creates a tight, cabin environment that driving in cold weather more civilized.

Five models of the Miata are currently available, including the Touring, Grand Touring, and the and Grand Touring Power Hard Top models.

Mazda’s Miata Sport trim is the sports car, though some previous versions of the all current Miatas come with air conditioning. The base car also gets a choice of a manual or six-speed automatic sixteen-inch alloy wheels, headlights, a black vinyl top, and a six-speaker stereto The Touring adds 17-inch wheels, a six-speed manual option, auto-dimming rearview with HomeLink, and in-dash CD changer among other

The Grand Touring is the luxury adding a choice of black or cloth convertible tops, keyless entry, leather-trimmed seats, automatic climate a Bose audio system, radio and Bluetooth phone The Power Retractable hardtop of the Touring and Grand Touring incorporate all of the same features as soft-top counterparts, with the of a folding hard roof. The Touring models are also the models with standard stability control and traction systems.

A MX-5 Miata Club is new for 2013. With a special air dam and rear diffuser, plus a bar garnish in glossy dark special graphics and badges, and gunmetal gray alloys, the six-speed manual transmission and the Package, this model has a look and somewhat sharper feel. All 2013 Miata got a slightly refreshed front-end

In the next two years, the MX-5 is expected to get a full redesign incorporates a new range of efficient engine s, and a completely new architecture with Alfa Romeo .

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