2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Photo

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Review

 

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has long been the vehicle of choice for customers wanting more than a little fun in their daily driving, without spending huge amounts of money on gas.

Sure, there are faster sports cars out there, and there may even be better looking ones depending on your tastes. But very few match the Miata's blend of fun and frugality--making it one of the greenest choices in the sports car market.

The formula is simple--a relatively efficient, four-cylinder gasoline engine mounted up front, feeding power to the rear wheels. The driver and passenger sit between the two, giving an ideal weight distribution for pin-sharp handling.

So how frugal is the MX-5? Well, the EPA rates the car at 22 MPG city, 28 MPG highway and 25 MPG combined. So it doesn't sip fuel like the Mazda 2, Mazda 3 or even the new CX-5 crossover. It's also recently been overtaken by other roadsters like the Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz SLK250 and MINI Cooper Roadster--but the MX-5 costs less to buy than any of those...

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