Many affordable cars, by comparison, now have standard stability systems. Someone even a little bit taller might be able to, as well. The driver's-side foot well has been widened by running the exhaust down the right side of the transmission tunnel. A six-speed automatic with manual shift mode is optional on the Touring, Sport and Grand Touring trims. Some people might not like its happy-face grille, which is now a staple on Mazda cars, but it works better on the Miata than it does on other models.
It's just as fun on bumpy country roads too, with quick reflexes begging you to eke closer to the limit. Each of the three trim levels employ the same 2. With the top down, there's literally nothing separating you from the experience. An automatic transmission is optional. Everyday Driving Fun The rear-wheel-drive Miata is one of those cars where you don't have to break any speed limits to have a lot of fun. City drivers will especially appreciate the tight 30. Everyday Driving Fun The rear-wheel-drive Miata is one of those cars where you don't have to break any speed limits to have a lot of fun.
The same is true a year later. It's not powered by a particularly strong four-cylinder engine — displacing just 2. Like the Mini, the Miata uses more expensive premium gas. The Touring and Grand Touring add a six-speed manual transmission, while the Grand Touring trim adds a cloth rather than vinyl top, tan or black leather seats, automatic climate control, heated seats and a Bose audio system. It doesn't compromise trunk space and adds just 82 pounds overall.
You see it in flame wars on forums and buried in the comment sections of YouTube and Facebook: The data are gathered, plugged in, computed. Send Mike an Hide full review. Convertible Commentary As mentioned, our test car had the retractable-hardtop roof, and Mazda's implementation of this type of roof has a few advantages over those from other manufacturers. This car wants to be flung around corners, and it rewards the driver with balanced performance. Use of aluminum throughout allows for smooth weight transitions and predictable tracking. And through our time with the car, that smile became infectious.
The Fair Purchase Price shows the typical transaction price being paid in your area, so be sure to check it out before you begin negotiating. Its low-slung, athletic shape is appealing, and its proportions are just right. The retractable hardtop doesn't restrict visibility that much when up. The front mid-ship engine layout, mixed with rear wheel drive and a scant curb weight between 2400 and 2550 pounds, means gobs of grip and phenomenal cornering ability. With a perfect amount of power assistance, the Miata exhibits sharp steering response and an overall connectedness to the road that perfectly complements the car's mission.
From the position of the shifter, pedals, steering wheel and other controls, nothing's out of place. The Miata is available with a manual soft-top roof or a power retractable hardtop, and it's offered in Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. Traction control and an electronic stability system are included in the optional Premium Package, which is available on Grand Touring trims. Fit and finish are excellent, with easy-to-read instruments, steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and cruise control and a perfectly situated shift lever. Its low-slung, athletic shape is appealing, and its proportions are just right. If this is going to be your only mode of transport, you're not going to win many friends when it's your turn to drive the co-workers to lunch.
It's pretty breezy in the cabin with the top down, even when driving at city speeds. Even in the cheapest base Sport trim, standard interior appointments are numerous. Just unlock the latch above the rearview mirror, and throw the roof over your shoulder with one hand. First of all, it's fast; it only takes around 15 seconds to lower the roof. It's this absence of technology run amok that makes you long for more time behind the wheel on a longer, windier road.
The 2010 model brings a reshuffling of color and package availability, but the smile remains, even on the nose of the car. I stand 6 feet 1 inch tall and was able to get comfortable in the driver's seat. Styling By modern standards, the Miata is a small car, measuring just 13 feet from end to end and standing just 49 inches tall. With its low curb weight, a small four-cylinder under the hood and a manual transmission, the Miata may seem like it could be an especially efficient sports car. That might be cause for concern under different circumstances, but not in this case: The Miata is that well-executed. Few cars offer as much everyday driving fun as the Miata, and even fewer do it as inexpensively. The car's steering feel is another one of those rare-but-desirable qualities, kind of like the six-speed manual's movements.
This result bothers the hard-coded digital beings. Here are some of the most underrated… The thrill of the road trip is too enticing for most Americans to resist. You have to manually release a lever in the center of the windshield frame to release the top, but after that you only have to press a button on the dashboard and it powers down, stowing beneath a hard tonneau cover. You can drive it like a hooligan on an autocross, sliding the rear around wherever you want to. Or they ignore it, lest they contemplate too long and fry a circuit. The formulae can't explain its rampant success, why it's a constant favorite.
If you have the Power Retractable Hard Top, press a button and 12 seconds is all it takes to open up to or close out the world. Head and taillights are placed inboard to accentuate the compactness. The Miata, meanwhile, can make a trip to the grocery store a thrill ride. With the top up, I had a little headroom to spare, but one editor said his hair was constantly brushing against it. This helps with ride comfort on bumpy roads; for being a sporty car, the Miata doesn't punish its passengers with a jarring ride. Maybe they don't pack the most horsepower or look aggressive enough, but enthusiasts know how well they drive.