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.

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 car was designed to have the weight distributed evenly among all four wheels, and that pays off in exceptionally good handling characteristics."

BRUCE T., MD (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This car is just fun to drive"

DAVID M., PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Our Miata is exceedingly enjoyable to drive, plus being a very practical car for two people with decent luggage space."

JOHN W., FL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Somewhat pokey in acceleration. Model year 2008 had syncromesh problems with the gears, which shows particularly when starting out. Gears are too closely spaced, resulting in poor gasoline milage; unable to obtain a 2009 European gear system,which had much better ratios."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Pure, unadulterated pleasure."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"All around the most fun car and best driving experience I've ever had! Even on long trips we can tolerate the firm ride because it handles and drives so well. About as much fun you can have legally in a car and very reasonably priced for the style and performance. Highly reliable, too, and we get "thumbs up" almost every time we take it out."

J R., NM (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


NEIL C., CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Superb handling coupled with very good acceleration, fun to drive."

JOHN R., NJ (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Adequate accelerating and first rate handling"

MARV L., OR (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The MX-5 is the best-handling and most fun-to-drive car on the market at an affordable price. My dad had an Austin Healy 3000 and I was always upset I never got to drive it. That is, until I bought the Mazda."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handles like a dream, excel keratin great."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Continue to be impressed with the acceleration and handling. Joined a local Miata Club and very much enjoy tours in the country side to experience the available twists, turns and elevation changes that bring out the best in this vehicle!"

BOB A., ON (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great responsiveness and acceleration"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handling on the Miata is outstanding. I changed the anti-sway bars several years ago and that fixed my one complaint of excessive body roll."

MORTON K., OH (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I am not a boy racer at 71, but I do enjoy winding the Miata out on the back roads. It is a manual and that leaves me in full control. Top down and windows down it makes a great sound and grips the road for real confidence."

HUTCH H., ON (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The car is really fun to drive."

Anonymous, SC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handling is excellent, acceleration a little lacking."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This car really SCOOTS!! It's very quick from a start."

CYNTHIA D., PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Acceleration is terrific (six-speed ratio is spot on!). Handling is terrific; nimble in the turns, love S-curves!"

JAMES M., KY (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The hadling and acceleraton make this car an absolutejoy to drive."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Zippy, smooth and glued to the road. Very agile and GREAT turning radius."

ROLLIE S., OR (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The most fun ever driving just driving"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Noise is an issue along with the seat not going up high enought fot my 4'11" spoce to see very well over the hood."

DANIEL B., CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"AS a soft top convertible, its relatively noisy and the cockpit is tight."

Anonymous, BC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Seats bottoms are a little too narrow. Blower fan was replaced under warranty, but is starting to make noise again."

CRAIG G., CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"somewhat noisy, very tight inside"

EDWARD W., FL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is noisy and the gearing is such that, when travelling at highway speeds, the fuel economy is not as good as should be the case for a car of this weight. In my view, it should use no more than 6.5 litres per 100 km, not close to 8.5, which is the case now. Chalk it up to final drive being biased to performance rather than fuel economy."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I love everything about the car except for the noise level with the top up. It's very loud."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Love everything about the car except the road noise. More than I expected. I guess that's what a sports car is all about."

BOB F., NV (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"definitely prefer leather seats"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Seats are uncomfortable and cramped. Foot reach for brake, clutch and accelerator are all different. There is a very annoying vibration noise emanating from behind the right front panel."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's a roadster so I understand it will not be as comfortable as something else, but it is a bit noisy for longer road trips (2+ hours). I had a much more expensive Mercedes C-class and definitely prefer the Mazda MX-5. So fun to drive!"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Very comfortable seats. Great HVAC. LOTS of road noise. Very rough ride"

KEVIN T., NV (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


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

What Owners Say

"a classic style roadster with great acceleration, unbelievable holding of the road on tight turns, a retractable hardtop that has performed flawlessly for literally 10,000 to 15,000 times and top-class engineering at the same price of a boring car."

RICHARD T., VA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great value for the money. As CR consistently notes, it has all the fun factor of the Boxster at half the cost."

JAMES M., KY (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Got rid of Audi TT, a beautiful but repair prone car for this oh so cheap Miata. It's just so incredibly reliable, cheap to buy, and with power hard top, more lux than much more expensive convertibles."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I bought the Miata just before winter in 2008 and the great recession was in full swing so the dealer was happy to unload it for $8000 off the list and got a great car, the fully loaded GT with the automatic hardtop."

HUTCH H., ON (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I got a low price when purchased with full options."

CRAIG G., CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Dollar for dollar there isn't another car that gives as much fun driving experience. it goes wherever you point it. Engine/transmission combo just plain works together seamlessly."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I'm about to replace the convertible top for the second time. That's an extremely poor value. This is my third sports car with a soft top. My parents owned two Ford convertibles in my childhood. This is my first experience ever having to replace a top."

JOHN B., OH (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Looks like a classic roadster"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The entire body style is great"

L G., AB (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"convertible hardtop, nice interior, beautiful car"

FINLEY W., FL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's such a great-looking car--and many people comment about that. Such a classic roadster-style!"

CYNTHIA D., PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Always turns heads!"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I had a Porsche 912E before this cAr but think the Mazda mx5 is just as good at handling and I think it looks better inside and out."

TERRE P., OR (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It looks great. I still get compliments at the gas bar and elsewhere."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)
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