Blending the look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars like MGs and Triumphs with the quality and reliability of modern Japanese cars was the goalÑand the Miata succeeded admirably. The Miata is a nimble, fun-to-drive roadster. Though it leans in corners a bit more than before, the latest version rides marginally better.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"so much fun cause its small"

Kurt N., GA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata handles very well and is a joy to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata handles very well on curved roads, etc. Acceleration is only fair because the car has a small engine."

R D., PA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handling is great. Acceleration is still responsive in 6th gear. I love taking turns with this car as the grab is still as good as when new 18 years ago."

Jerry P., CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It handles and corners very well. The steering is firm and allows great control; not at all spongy. Acceleration is good, the car is peppy and responsive."

Anonymous, BC (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is the poor mans sport car. It goes where you point it. with the power in 2nd and 3 rd it is a joy to drive in city driving. Change lanes and can zip around other cars with ease."

Gordon G., IN (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Its fun to drive I love it"

Anonymous, AZ (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Best car ever ;)"

Michael S., AR (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is just plain fun to drive."

Anonymous, NY (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's just the most fun little car to drive. Handling is excellent and it will turn on a dime even in narrow places."

Anonymous, HI (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's quick with terrific handling and acceleration. When I tell it to do something, it doesn't think about it, it just does it and does it well. A pleasure to drive! Lives up to it's manufacture by Mazda's racing division."

Barbara A., CA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"nice little dependable toy no major or minor expenses. Use it seasonaly and it gets me and my golf clubs everywhere we need to go. Please note this vehicle is a 1990 not a 2000"

Alan E., ON (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"With only a small 4 cylinder engine it's not the fastest car on the road acceleration-wise. But it handles like a champ, easy and fun to drive."

R D., PA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"small sports car (actually a 1989 model which could not be identified in the previous page). It handles like a sports car with great acceleration and cornering ability."

Anonymous, BC (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"For a 4 cal. it has a lot of pep."

Tom B., FL (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Like a go cart!!!"

Bruce W., AZ (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This car is the most smiles per mile I have ever owned. It has the abilities of a sports car but never bites back, it is very forgiving of drivers pushing the edge. The acceleration is strong and comes on with a rush above 4000 rpm when the VVT starts. The car corners like a cat hanging onto the drapes, it does not let go willingly, I have taken pigtail onramps/offramps at highway speeds with little drama."

Chris N., SD (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Everything a sports car should be - quick, nimble, great steering and braking."

Anonymous, NC (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun to drive. Feels faster than it really is due to size."

Anonymous, NC (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great little sports vehicle. Fun to drive, always blasts on acceleration and can turn a 360 in the middle of the road. What's not to like?"

Anonymous, HI (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun to drive on surface roads. Enjoy the manual 5 speed transmission."

Anonymous, OH (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This is really a 1993 - you didn't have anything prior to 2000. Runs like a dream - no mechanical problems -"

Kim D., OR (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata is a joy to drive. It handles like a dream and I love having a 6 speed manual transmission. I could use a little bit more horsepower but as it is this car is almost perfect. I highly recommend the Mazda Miata."

Anonymous, TX (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is fun to drive!"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Acceleration is immediate and handling is like a cat climbing the drapes. This car was a compromise between the motorcycle I wanted to get and my wife's desire to live. And now even she gets a little obstreperous in it. It's a riot on wheels and we love it."

Anonymous, SD (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Needs more power. Fun fun fun to drive! Much better control than older (1950's) sports cars."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Although the car has a small engine, and doesn't go very fast, it has great handling and is a joy to drive."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is a delightful, fun, and reliable car. It is quick enough for me"

NICHOLAS H., MI (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"We have driven 14 hour days in our Miata on trips and the comfort level, for such a small car is surprisingly good. The seats are still comfortable after that amount of time and even though recline is limited it still sufficient."

Chris N., SD (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Since it's a small car it doesn't ride as smoothly over rough roads as a bigger and heavier car would. But it handles very nicely, it's easy and fun to drive. My Miata is actually a 1991, not a 2000. It looks like it's new and runs like new. I want to keep it forever."

R D., PA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The seats are comfortable mainly because we bought seat covers (wetokole) the climate control is the wind and the noise is part of the fun and the ride keeps you focused on driving. We have taken long trips in this car (14 hours) as well as around town and it is also comfortable with the top up and the A/C on"

Anonymous, SD (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I love my Mazda as it is a pleasure to drive and handling is fantastic. The close ratio 6-speed is great. But the quality of the leather seats is disappointing. I have used Meguire's leather products on them and they still have cracked."

Anonymous, TX (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun car to drive. A/C is great on hot sticky days. Car was recently professionally evaluated at $9,000"

Anonymous, QC (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"this is the best car I have ever owned. Also, it is not a 2000. It is a 1996."

ALLEN B., DE (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I bought this car "used" in 2011. It was 11 years old, but had low mileage 60 K. I got a good price, though I had to invest some additional $$ to change all the fluids, etc and to purchase a new top. It has only had minor problems over the last 5 years,and I have had alot of enjoyment driving the car."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"A real great looking car. Many people want to buy it from me."

Anonymous, QC (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"We like body shape & color , I mean " Sunburst Yellow"."

Anonymous, WA (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This car compares favorably to cars valued at 2 to 3 times its cost."

ALLEN B., DE (2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata)
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