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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.

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.
NA
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?
NA
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 2007 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

“Watered that is collected off the top is drained through two drainage tubes that exit underneath the vehicle near the rear wheels. These tubes easily become clogged with debris falling from trees. (I don't have a garage.) When that happens the interi”

Anonymous, FL (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“drain under wipers gets clogged and results in water in the interior”

Anonymous, KY (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“When it rains water collects in the pan beneath the top between the cab and the trunk and does not drain out, it has to evaporate”

Bill B., FL (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Water in trunk, probably from tail light seal”

Wendy L., CA (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“The car is a convertible, so there'll always be squeaks, but after a repair, there's a strange rattle somewhere in the dash board”

Stuart R., CA (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“it is a convertible and the noises at the junction where the top fastens to the car is very noisy”

Edward A., NC (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“Check engine light came on. Replacing the thermostat fixed the problem”

Anonymous, MO (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“It had to be replaced. Dashboard light indicated a potential problem”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine light came on, code check indicated radiator problem, turned out to be faulty thermostat - had it replaced, all ok”

R W., NC (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light came on - fixed by replacing thermostat”

Anonymous, KS (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“check engine light came on. diagnostic confirmed thermostat”

Wallace C., FL (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand 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)

“thermostat did not let engine heat up high enough and quick enough for emissions controls. Replacing thermostat corrected problem”

Anonymous, CA (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

“the "check" engine light kept coming on for no apparent reason. Had dealer check (charged me $90 for the PC to diagnose). No definite answer----told me to put new cap on. Worked for a while and then had probllems with emission tests failing becaus”

Edward A., NC (2007 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

“Overheating, possible cracked head, coolant in oil and oil in coolant. Replaced engine”

Wendy L., CA (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leak onto engine while stuck in traffic jam caused overheating and cracked engine”

Marshall S., FL (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Unsure 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

Heated or cooled seats

“seat heater on driver's side would not shut off. Very uncomfortable. had to have seat removed and wires cut. Repair estimate difficult to come by. local mazda dealer would not do it”

Wallace C., FL (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“The headlights just shut off and didn't work”

Anonymous, ON (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 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

“Buried in heavy snow in Boston for a number of months. Rusted out and pads had to be replaced”

Steve S., MA (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake light went on, so I knew to get brakes checked”

Anonymous, CO (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

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.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

“Adhesive oozed up through cloth material of top causing large black stains on brown top”

William M., CA (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Water in the trunk due to ''clug'' water evacuation holes at bottom of the convertible top”

Luc C., QC (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 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

Differential

“the rear diff lost fluid and ceased up. Why it lost fluid is a mystery maybe previous owner did not tighten the oil plug”

Anonymous, TX (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata 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

“compressor failed and needed to be replaced. Unfortunately lines for the compressor pass through the radiator and they could not be removed so the radiator also needed to be replaced”

Greg W., ON (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 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

Shocks or struts

“It was merely age related repair”

Anonymous, MA (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 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)

“The paint on the hard top (all components) as well as the door handles is peeling. On metal surfaces, the paint seems to be fine. I don't know if it matters, but it's red paint”

Stuart R., CA (2007 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 player

“CD changer failed to operate. Could only play the top CD in the unit”

Anonymous, MT (2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 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

Transmission Minor

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Minor

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

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