Marrying the look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars with the quality and reliability of modern Japanese models was the goaland this nimble, fun-to-drive roadster meets it admirably. Though it leans in corners a bit more than before, the latest version rides marginally better. Its twin-camshaft Four is willing and responsive, if not overly powerful, and the stubby manual shifter is a joy to use.
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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

"One word, Outstanding!"

Pete L., SC (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Best handling car money can buy. Acceleration feels subjectively quick (even if it is not subjectively). Always makes us smile whenwe driveit . best manual transmission ever."

Anonymous, NM (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"You buy a Miata for one reason: handling. Although I use the car for autoslalom, I've never felt compelled to modify the suspension. Mazda got the handling right out of the box."

Eric R., ON (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Best handeling car I have ever owned. It is a true roadster, not a sportscar."

Anonymous, TN (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Drives and handles great - fun little car."

Anonymous, TX (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's appearance is beautiful and it handles very well. It is comfortable."

Anonymous, TN (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"wonderful car to drive"

Al F., NY (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"a joy to drive"

Richard B., NY (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Driving a Mazda Miata has been described by some AZ the most fun you can have with your pants on. This is a fun car to drive. It is cramped and noisy but that's all part of the sports car experience. I've heard it said that it's more fun to drive a slow car fast then it is to drive a fast car slow and that has been our experience with our little 2001 Mazda Miata."

Bill F., WA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's a sports car, & acts like one. It goes where you point it Great 6 speed gearbox"

R M., VA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Offers the epitome of deriving fun from driving a slow car fast."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This is not a FAST car, it's just a QUICK car. It's fun to row through the gears and handles extremely well -- plus it's a drop-top! It's actually smarter NOT to put ultra-high performance tires on this vehicle, as they make it ride like a buckboard!"

Stephen M., KY (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The acceleration can't compare with bigger sports cars, e.g., Porsche, or Mustang, but it's "zippy" enough, and it's small size allows me to use parking spaces that are too tight for most cars."

Anonymous, BC (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Most fun you can have in a car with your clothes on!"

Anonymous, GA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"best handling vehicle I have ever owned"

Anonymous, NY (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"If you want a really fun driving experience this is it. Precision handling, great 6 speed short throw transmission. Great engineered product for what it is supposed to do and that is; Make driving something you want to do."

J H., NM (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Best handling car ever built--bar none. Certainly best handling car I've ever owned. As good as cars costing 5 x as much. Acceleration feels great, although objectively probably about average. Still, despite low actual 0-60, etc, it feels like a rocket, more enjoyable to drive than any other car ever made."

David S., NM (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"A just plain fun car to drive. Turns on a dime. No lean. This car is 17 years old and handles and drives like a new one, although must admit to never having driven an ‘18."

Jay W., NH (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It goes where you point it with little effort. Acceleration is adequate."

R M., VA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's a wonderful sports car with excellent handling. Totally fun car to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Accelerates fine for a 4 cyl engine. Fine on the freeway. Steering is tight and good on curves."

Gary B., MI (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"really fun to drive twisty back country roads"

James D., OR (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"road handling and input & respose as a perfect sportscar."

Rick B., NY (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I love this car. I bought it when I was younger and loved to drive fast, beautiful ice turquoise color and it’s convertible."

Elyse K., CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great feel of the road, responsive handling, fun to drive!"

Jan H., NY (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Cornering is amazing. Acceleration is adequate. Like the short gear stick. Breaking is good. Terrible in the snow. Guess it's more a California car than Whistler BC. ?? Road noise is very noticeable Though it suits the sports car idea."

Anonymous, BC (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Whenever I drive it , it's fun to drive. Every time"

DALLAN B., VT (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Driving a Miata is fun...straight up!"

T S., MI (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I LOVE driving this car, it makes me feel young again. It is very easy to shift and drive."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's fun to drive!! Great on winding roads."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"this car is a joy to drive, particularly along curvey rods"

JAMES D., OR (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The only reason I didn't give it the highest rating is that at 6 feet, I could use a little more leg room. Otherwise, for a convertible sports car it is excellent."

Pete L., SC (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Offers an excellent driving experience at the expense of comfort."

Anonymous, FL (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Seats are fine but not overly comfortable. Noise and bumpiness of ride could be better"

Anonymous, KS (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


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

What Owners Say

"Only service needed is what is recommended. No break downs or other mechanical problems Still looks great and I get many compliments on it's appearance."

Anonymous, BC (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Car is bullet proof reliability wise. Ithas heldup extremely well for over16y ears. It provides great comfortand styleand, tremendous performancefo r areason able price."

Anonymous, NM (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Super value, joy to drive, minimum maintance,"

RICHARD B., NY (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Although my Miata is over 15 years old, I only have 29,000 miles on it. I STILL get compliments on how cool a car it is (special edition)!"

R B., PA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Best of the first 3 generations - that's why I bought an 01 as opposed to the 90-77 versions or the 06-15 cars."

TOM C., ON (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I show the car and love the styling."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Mazda MX-5 Miata)
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