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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Expert Reviews


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2012 mazda mx-5 miata Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...A black-painted PRHT is mandatory and is joined by matching black 17-inch wheels, mirrors, exterior trim pieces and leather upholstery. A limited-slip differential and a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein dampers are both standard, along with the Premium package. Powertrains and Performance: The 2012 Mazda Miata is powered by 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that produces 167 horsepower (158 with the automatic transmission) and 140 pound-feet of torque. Sport models come standard with a five-speed manual transmission, while Touring and Grand Touring models come with a six-speed manual...

1994 Mazda Miata MX-5 Professional Review

...It takes quite a bit of effort to turn the wheel when doing something like backing out of a parking space. And because the steering is so heavy, the Miata R loses much of its lightning-quick reflexes when you change lanes. I'm convinced the standard model Miata has the best suspension system. I can see no advantage in the Miata R's high performance setup. Mazda engineers fitted the Miata R with a special set of Bilstein racing shocks, a limited-slip differential, stiffer suspension bushings and modified stabilizer bars. In doing so, it's as if they removed the car's ability to take a bump...

1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview
Source: CarGurus

...A five-speed manual was the standard transmission, while a four-speed automatic was optional.The MX-5 Miata was available in a Base model, as well as an upscale M Edition. Standard features for the Base model included a manually operated soft top, power brakes, a driver's-side airbag, remote fuel and trunk releases, and 14-inch wheels. Options included a removable hardtop, air conditioning, power windows, anti-lock brakes, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum alloy wheels, and leather seats.The M Edition received such upgrades as air conditioning, power windows...

1991 mazda mx-5 miata Professional Edmunds Review
Source: Edmunds

...Published: 10/02/1991 Updated: 10/02/2009 What's New for 1991: Special edition painted British Racing Green; 4,000 units produced. ABS is a new option...

1990 Mazda Miata MX-5 Professional Review
Source: animalistic form with a lot of light and shade controlled by highlights." To us lesser poets, well, it's cuter than puppy breath and the largest source of sensory fun since Pirates of the Caribbean. All the fittings and fixtures on the aluminum-steel-plastic Miata--from headroom and seating support for 6-foot-plussers to arm rests and hand brake--are exactly where they should be. The rack-and-pinion steering is light, the wheel small enough for feeding through the hands, and the ratio simply perfect for the warm reward of tight, quick roadwork. But that gearbox. To the young and...

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...

1993 Mazda Miata MX-5 Professional Review

...It kept the body straight and poised to handle all sorts of road-going gymnastics. But crossing railroad tracks or driving over bad pavement was a punishing, spine-bruising exercise. The suspension system in the standard-issue Miata is a bit softer, but the car's handling is still excellent. The Miata is outfitted with a set of four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes that are strong and fade-free. One minor gripe: anti-lock brakes are optional, but should be standard on all Miatas. My driving habits changed after I drove the Miata for a while. I liked the diminutive car so much that my senses...

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...

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...

1993 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.The MX-5 Miata came with a manually operated soft top. A removable hardtop was available as an option. Other standard features included power brakes, four-wheel double-wishbone suspension, a driver's-side airbag, remote fuel and trunk releases, and 14-inch wheels. Options included air conditioning, power windows, anti-lock brakes, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum alloy wheels, and...

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