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The fourth-generation Miata remains true to Mazda's original formula of a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive roadster. Although 155 hp from the 2.0-liter four doesn't sound impressive, the Miata quickly scoots along while returning a miserly 34 mpg overall. Shifting the delightfully accurate six-speed manual shifter is a joy; we'd skip the optional automatic, though it works fine. Quick and precise steering delivers sublime back-road handling, even though some body roll is noticeable. High levels of noise, thin and unsupportive seats, and a stiff ride all grow fatiguing during highway travel. Cabin space is snug, and the optional dial-controlled infotainment system takes time to master. Flipping the convertible top open or closed is a breeze.

Road Test

Since 1990, Mazda took the idea of the charmingly eccentric British roadster and infused it with Japanese reliability. By remaining true to its nature of fun and affordable performance, the Miata has thrilled and inspired hundreds of thousands of buy...

Highs

  • One of the only affordable roadsters on the market
  • Agile and super-fun to drive

Lows

  • Excruciatingly loud on highway
  • Jittery ride

Best Version to Get

Overall, the Club is the best value. We wouldn't talk you out of the Grand Touring -- those heated leather seats and blind spot monitoring are nice -- but it likely gives up a bit of handling sharpness. It's tempting to stick to the base Miata with its simple audio system. Doing...

Specifications

Seating
2 front
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
convertible
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (155 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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