Mazda Miata review - one of the most efficient sports carsAs you can imagine its hard to be one of the most efficient sports cars and offer a truly engaging driving experience but that's exactly what the Mazda Miata manages to do. Don't go thinking this is a boring vehicle. While the Miata may not have the power of its rivals its still an awesome car with handling ability comparable to supercars.
The sporty Mazda comes with a choice of three transmissions. There's a 5 speed manual shift which has a fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon for the city, 28 for the highway and 24 mpg combined. There's also a six speed manual and an auto equipped with paddle shifters, both of which register 21/28 miles per gallon for the city/highway cycles. You can't buy a more economical sports car than this.
Starting from only $23,000 for the Sports trim, the Mazda Miata is also just about the most affordable sports car you can buy too. The Touring and Grand Touring trims are slightly more expensive than the Sport but still good value. Miata's also hold their value well and are as solid as a rock so all in all they won't cost you very much to buy and run. Since the engine is only a relatively small 2.0 liter, insurance premiums will be cheaper than for other sports cars too.
Despite the 2.0 liter engine only producing 167 horsepower the car feels quick because its so light and small. 60 is reached in 6.5 seconds which is pretty fast. Horsepower decreases very slightly with the auto transmission. The main reason this car is so fun to drive is because of its incredible road handling. This has always been what the Miata is all about. You feel the road so clearly through the car which gives you plenty of confidence to have some fun with it. Steering inputs are immediate and accurate, the brakes are strong, grip is plentiful - the Miata instantly makes us all better drivers.
In 2009 the Mazda Miata was updated and the exterior received a facelift. The slightly chunkier look is a good one as the Miata now looks like its grown up and put a bit more muscle on. The soft top is available in all three trims while the auto retractable hardtop is only available for the Touring and Grand Touring trims. The hardtop is good looking, built well and offers great practicality but obviously adds a few kilos to the car.
The interior of this sports car is similarly good looking and well equipped. Due to the car's size its not a large cabin though and larger drivers and passengers will be cramped.
The most efficient sports car on the market comes with a 3 year 36,000 mile warranty. The Miata has won plenty of awards including Car and Drivers 10 Best. If you're looking for a budget sports car you simply can't do better.
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