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The MX-5 Miata is fun to drive, with extraordinary handling and a slick powertrain. The interior is nicely finished and the manual convertible top is simple to operate from behind the wheel. The ride is comfortable for a sports car, although noise levels and cramped quarters make long trips tiresome.
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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2012.
Road Test

The MX-5 Miata is fun to drive, with extraordinary handling and a slick powertrain. The interior is nicely finished and the manual convertible top is simple to operate from behind the wheel. The ride is comfortable for a sports car, although noise levels and cramped quarters make long trips tiresome. Acceleration, agility, braking, powertrain, fuel economy, top operation, available folding hard top.Noise, visibility with the top up, head room.

Seating
2 front
Drive Wheels
Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
convertible
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 (170 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Interior trim above driver side windshield corner is loose and rattles”

Anonymous, WI (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“As my Miata ages, squeaks and rattles are becoming regular events”

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“car has always had a rattle in the area behind the seats”

Steve M., CA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes always squeak when initially backing out of garage+first few miles. I live quite near the beach so this could be a result of sand in the breaks even though the care is garage kept. But my other vehicle does not do this so, not sure of the caus”

Anonymous, SC (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“As the car has aged, it now has 115K miles on it, it has more things that make buzzing or rattling sounds than my 1995 Miata did at 150K”

Edwin J., IL (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise is increased due to a tear in the convertible top”

Lisa M., NC (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

“The convertible top needs to be replaced because of a tear that began at the the first fold. This tear results in increased wind noise and water leaks”

Lisa M., NC (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Top water drains plug with dirt and empty rain water into the trunk and passenger floor”

David G., GA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“convertible top drain leaks on right”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leakage to car interior, a problem for several years. Drainage device clogged/not working. Very annoying”

Andrew P., MA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Drainage system blocked or partially blocked resulting in flooding of passenger compartment. Amplifier mounted below seat required replacement as a result”

Rob G., ON (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“chronic leaks from the rear water drainage system”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“Cd gets stuck in tray and will not play”

Helen W., AB (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Stopped Working”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“cd skip regardless of which disc I inserted. Replaced with DVD player/SM radio/backup camera unit from Panasonic (aftermarket)”

Anonymous, AB (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Won't give back the CD - it's stuck inside”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“6 CD player system failed with 6 CDs inside. Only one would eject and play. It lasted that way for about 6 months, now no CDs will eject and none will play. When the car is started, you can hear the electronics working but it will only function as a”

Richard B., GA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“CD player stopped ejecting CDs and had to have the system pulled and repaired”

Bill M., TN (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“CD player no longer functioned and would not release CDs. It was part of original audio system and was too expensive to repair. Had to get an aftermarket system installed - on the upside I now have bluetooth”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It quite working after about four years. I replaced it with an aftermarket”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the radio has never worked”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“doors buzz with the factory Bose system in the car. door metal vibrates against support beam inside the door”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

“Bose system. Bad example. Great in name only”

Ron M., OK (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Stopped cooling-had to replace”

Robert F., NS (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“The AC compressor went out - it's about $500 to replace and that doesn't make sense on a $2500 car I don't drive that much”

M W., WA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“The blower was replaced in 2010; has now failed again. Negotiating with Mazda on replacement”

Richard B., GA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Recurring noise abated for short periods by lubrication”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Ac comes on but abruptly shuts off in a few miles. Matter of fact it is at dealer now, for 3rd time, to fix problem. Prior they were not able to diagnose. Still love my Miata. HATE 2015 model. Guess I'll keep the old one”

Francine K., OH (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

“I had all four brakes replaced (pads and rotors) after approximately 35,000 kilometers. The brake pads wear equally front and back which is unusual”

David R., ON (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“No problem with routine wear and tear”

Thomas M., OR (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Just regular wear and tear when car was purchased knew that would have to brakes sooner”

Anonymous, MA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Worn rotors, frozen caliper and worn pads. I use the brakes lightly, preferring to use engine compression to slow down. I also do not speed from one traffic signal to another. All four wheels were affected. The entire brake system should have lasted”

Kenneth N., PA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Had brake replacement; squeaking developed about a month after. Will address issue at next maintenance visit with dealer”

Thomas M., OR (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

“front sway bar links had to be replaced”

S S., OH (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“One strut replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace the rear shocks due to age. General maintenance”

Anonymous, NC (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Keyless entry

“The key fob quit working, the dealership replaced the fob and it is still intermittent”

Anonymous, AR (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Limited 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“the dealer doesn't seem to be able to diagnose the problem, wanted to charge me $1100 to replace a computer. Problem: keyless ignition works when it want to, not very often. You must have the key fob with you, if you lose the key you're screwed. The place I bought it from (used), conveniently neglected to tell me about this even though, as I found out later, they too had taken it to the dealer and could not get it fixed. Also, the convertible top hardware is falling apart”

James F., FL (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“right side marker light went out and it will cost $300 to fix”

Steve M., CA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“No way the connecting rod on cyl 1 should have worn / become loose”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“my wife drove it when it was out of watwer”

Anonymous, GA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“have an engine warning light showing an issue with the evap system in rear of car”

Anonymous, NM (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“Caused costly service”

Anonymous, WA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“The clutch lasted 100K miles and was changed”

Edwin J., IL (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“chalking”

Robert C., VA (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Typical battery replacement after a reasonable number of years”

Anonymous, MO (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

“Electric cooling fan failed and needed to be replaced. Temperature gauge is so non-linear it did not show the problem”

Anonymous, HI (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“knuckle of driveshaft went bad. Driveshaft not available through Mazda! Had to order part online for my repair shop and was very lucky to find one. It cost over $1000”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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