The look and feel of classic 1960s British sports cars and Japanese quality and reliability converge in this nimble, fun-to-drive roadster. Though it leans in corners a bit more than did earlier Miatas, the latest version rides marginally better. The engine is willing and responsive, if not overly powerful, and the stubby manual shifter is a joy to use. The manually operated convertible top has a glass rear window.
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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

"Fantastic handling, transmission, road feel."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Best handling car I ever had."

Anonymous, NC (2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handling is great on dry pavement. Tends to slip on wet. On snow, almost impossible with stock tires, adequate with snow tires (can suddenly be more exciting than you were prepared for, however)."

C E., MN (2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This is a fun car!"

Anonymous, AL (2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun to drive"

Anonymous, NV (2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun! Fun! Fun! Plenty comfortable for long trips and as a daily driver (snow tires in the winter). Did I mention fun?"

SCOTT T., WI (2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handling is it's forte - still very maneuverable and responsive after a dozen years of driving"

ARNOLD Y., CO (2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very noisy, cramped, lousy radio sound."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


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

What Owners Say

"A little pricy but one of the best vehicles I ever had."

STEVEN S., AZ (2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great little car for my wife. Looks great - better than its actual value after 13 years."

Anonymous, GA (2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata)
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