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.

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

"Fun car to drive"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I knew the physics of steering, traction, etc, - but it was only when I started driving the Miata that I really "got" what they mean by good, responsive handling from a car."

MARTIN P., NC (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata's I have owned have always given me a great driving experience! It has the speed when needed, hard shifting which I like and is super winding around mountain curves & curvy roads."

NELLIE C., OR (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's a whole lot of fun to drive!"

JANE K., NH (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great handling and performance"

DOUG H., FL (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It corners like no car I've ever been in. The handling is awesome, although the ride is pretty harsh."

KEVEN C., TX (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is extremely responsive and takes the curves with smooth flat glide. You can push the car to its limits with predictable handling. You feel safe on any winding road at speed. It is made for a pleasurable driving experience and delivers!"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This has been a great car from the start, and continues to be fun to drive and great performance for an affordable sports car."

Anonymous, NC (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handles like a dream."

MICHAEL E., IA (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This is the most fun car to drive that I have owned. Turbo-charged, with exceptional road handling."

BEN P., CA (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This car is great fun to drive. There is nothing like the wind in your hair on a nice day. We've also made many Miata friends."

Anonymous, IL (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"You absolutely cannot beat the feeling of putting a 5-speed Miata through it's paces on the back roads of the North Georgia mountains!"

PAUL H., GA (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I love driving this car. I do a couple of track days per year, and I have participated in "spirited driving" events. It is not super powerful, but lots of fun."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Too much wind noise with top closed!"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


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

What Owners Say

"I'm sure I overpaid for this car as I found out the mileage had been rolled back by at least 110000 miles, but it's what I really wanted and I'm willing to live with it."

PAUL H., GA (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Feel young"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is the ultimate affordable sports car. It makes you feel bad if it is dirty. This is my delight."

Anonymous, AL (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I still get compliments on how good it looks"

DOUG H., FL (2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata)
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