The goal was to marry the look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars with the quality and reliability of modern Japanese models--and this nimble, fun-to-drive roadster meets it admirably. Though it leans in corners a bit more than did earlier Miatas, 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

"this is a reliable fun car that you'll enjoy for many years."

WILLIAM B., PA (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Excellent low center gravity, corners well. Rack and pinion precision steering. Good 4 wheel disc brakes. Excellent acceleration."

Anonymous, IN (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It won't win any road races but acceleration is responsive for the small engine and it handles like a gekko on curves which is why you buy a convertible roadster in the first place, to drive along the ocean wih the top down, or on twisty mountain roads."

KELLY B., CA (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Resoonsive"

Anonymous, TN (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Always a smile on my face."

THOMAS T., MI (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's always fun to drive!"

Anonymous, ON (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is the most fun car to drive ever. The cornering, and shifting is great. The acceleration feels great, even though it doesn't really accelerate incredibly fast, the user experience is of g-force - hard to explain The only thing it compares to in my experience is a 70's era Fiat Spider."

STEVE B., CA (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I love the acceleration, putting it through the gears. It holds the curves in the road like its riding on a track. Feels close to perfection."

IAN P., NY (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Just a really fun little car to drive."

Anonymous, IA (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Always a good value on this vehicle"

Anonymous, AR (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I bought it under market price but have had to invest some more in it. Now i,m underwater on resale value but I have a very well restored car which looks/performs almost like new. I,m going to keep it and enjoy it."

PATRICK H., TN (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"beautiful styling and aerodynamic. for a soft-top it is fairly quiet."

Anonymous, PA (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is an absolute classic. I love the styling. Over and over, when I look at it driving (it's my wife's car), I'm taken with it's great lines."

STEVE B., CA (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Excellent outside view from inside, lots of glass. Well trimmed leather seats. Easy to reach electronic functions, steering wheel touch controls. Very pleasing led headlights and light trim. Lighted inside door handles. Led drivers instrument panel, with controllable display. Lighted door handles and lighted door entry via led side mirrors. Excellent smooth paint surfaces. Spilt rear seat flip down seat back access to trunk (expands cargo area). Nicely styled 18 inch wheels. Low curb stance."

Anonymous, IN (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Design is beautiful and exciting. I wanted to know more about the roadster the first time I laid eyes on an Mx5 on the road in 1990. I thought it was European."

IAN P., NY (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"OUTSTANDING!"

Anonymous, TX (2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata)
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