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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Expert Reviews


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2012 Mazda Miata MX-5 Professional Review

...but the two-seat configuration provides more driver space than expected. Interior features include: Standard air conditioning Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel Standard cloth upholstery Optional leather seats Optional heated seats Optional steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls Under the Hood A 2.0-liter four-cylinder powers the MX-5 Miata with 158 horsepower when teamed with the optional six-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with the five- or six-speed manual, it produces 167 hp. The difference comes from a higher redline with the manual: 7,200 rpm rather than 6,700...

1994 mazda mx-5 miata Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...Published: 10/02/1994 Updated: 10/02/2009 What's New for 1994: Dual airbags arrive, and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder making 128 horsepower replaces the original 1.6-liter engine.
Sharp, new alloy wheels debut. Optional automatic gets electronic shift controls.
Larger diameter disc brakes are standard. Bigger gas tank added.
New R package debuts with sportier suspension. Superman Blue replaced by Montego Blue. M-Edition is painted Montego Blue with chromed alloys...

1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview
Source: CarGurus

...1.6-liter, double-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine with multi-port electronic fuel injection. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, while a four-speed automatic was optional.In addition to the soft top, standard equipment for the MX-5 Miata included bucket seats, power brakes, a four-wheel double-wishbone suspension, retractable halogen headlights, a driver's-side airbag, a three-spoke steering wheel, a remote trunk release (new for 1992), intermittent windshield wipers, and 14-inch wheels. Options included air conditioning, power windows, antilock brakes, cruise control, aluminum...

1992 Mazda Miata MX-5 Professional Review

...The 25 m.p.g. city/30 highway mileage with the five-speed manual, 24/28 with the four-speed automatic, serves notice that Miata isn`t meant to be raced from light to light as it is to be enjoyed simply by lowering the top and heading for a peaceful patch of countryside for leisurely driving. You can sprinkle the highway stroll with a few quick downshifts and upshifts as you slip into and out of corners when you reach hilly or curving terrain. Four-wheel independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering help reduce harshness when the road no longer is flat or straight. A tw eak here and...

1995 Mazda Miata MX-5 Professional Review

...There's enough oomph to keep you interested, but the 1.8 is built to bluff you into thinking the horses are stallions instead of ponies. The fuel economy rating is the clue as to how muscular the 1.8-liter is-23 miles per gallon city/29 m.p.g. highway. Ride and handling are pleasant. Despite the short wheelbase, road harshness is minimal. You can still play in the corners-downshift/upshift-but you might want to back off the pedal a bit in a sharply winding turn to ensure optimum road grip. Though the M-edition comes with the larger, more sure-footed 15-inch tires, Miata is meant to cruise...

1993 mazda mx-5 miata Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...Published: 10/02/1993 Updated: 10/02/2009 What's New for 1993: Limited Edition available with black paint and red leather interior; just 1,500 were produced.
Yellow dropped from paint roster. Tan roof and leather interior optional on red and white cars. A 130-watt Sensory Sound System is newly optional...

1994 Mazda Miata MX-5 Professional Review

...A five-speed gearbox is standard. Unchanged are the Miata's layout and soul. The car remains afront-engine, rear-wheel-drive buggy capable of carrying two people andnot much else. Its soul is still anchored in the realm of Toys R Us. The Miata can be had four ways -- base, or with option packages A, Bor C (the C being the top of the class). Complaints: Despite its charms, the Miata is a noisy little car thatbounces you about and wears you out on any trip longer than 200 miles.Also, the car is heightist and weightist. That is, its interiordimensions discriminate against anyone who is tall or...

1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 Professional Review

..."No pain, no gain" now makes no sense. Perhaps our feelings about Miata are tempered by the fact we've driven the BMW Z3 roadster and found it not only roomier, but also much more pleasant in ride, handling and overall performance. Sure the Z3 starts at $4,000 more than the Miata M and probably will cost you $8,000 more to drive out of the showroom. But at $24,760 those contemplating a Miata have to stop and ask, "How much more is $8,000 over 36 months?" and " on't $24,760 get me a pretty well-equipped and now very fashionable sport-ute instead?" The criticism of Miata, other than price, is...

1994 Mazda Miata MX-5 Professional Review

...The canvas top created no side or rear obstructions. And Miata engineers deserve praise for using large dual outside mirrors that provide a clear and panoramic view of all objects approaching from side or rear. Chevrolet should lift the design for its Camaro convertible. Miata debuted in 1989 as a 1990 model for $13,800. Today Miata starts at $17,000 before you add $900 for ABS, $900 for air conditioning and $850 for automatic. The limited-edition M model we drove starts at $21,250 with 5-speed, $22,100 with automatic. Air conditioning is standard (not available on the R model, and neither is...

1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 Professional Review

...It would have been even nicer if they'd matched the wood on both. He: That does seem funny on a special edition that's essentially a tarted-up version of the real thing. Nor does the M Edition do much to address the Miata's shortcomings, including its limited cargo capacity and unsuitability for winter driving. She: It reminds me of those cute high-heeled tennis shoes I've been seeing all summer. I can't see anybody slogging through the slush this winter in those shoes. The Miata is kind of the same principle - strictly a novelty, a second or third vehicle that will spend a lot of time in the...

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