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)

"handling"

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)

"You already know the answer. It is great fun to drive with excellent all round performance."

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

"Handles like a true sports car. Acceleration is adequate."

Gerald M., CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This car is VERY fun to drive. I love it."

Roger K., TX (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Its is really fun to drive, responds well on acceleration and suoer stable on corners."

Anonymous, PR (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The handling is excellent, but the acceleration is acceptable but not exceptional."

Richard W., NJ (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Steering response is like driving a go cart, very responsive, fun to drive"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata truly drives like a sports car with quick acceleration and easy handling. It can literally turn on a dime. Great fun car to drive."

Carol E., IN (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Quick car, neutral handling. Well designed and built"

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

"VERY QUICK, CORNERS AND HANDLES WELL, TOP WORKS WELL, NOISY WITH TOP UP"

Anonymous, MN (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I had a BMW Z4 that didn't handle as well as this car"

R S., VA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"A FUN car to drive."

Anonymous, NS (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This car is a joy to drive. Its responsiveness and the way to sticks to the road around curves, etc is excellent. Most fun."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Excellent acceleration and handling. Fun to drive, especially with the top down in the spring and fall, tho here in the South, not so much in summer."

P S., SC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great - the whole reason to buy this kind of car is the handling."

Marc B., MA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's not fast, but it is VERY quick and agile - exceedingly fun to drive!"

Harry P., TX (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I did have its suspension enhanced with Progress springs and Koni adjustable shocks, but even before then, the MX-5 is the most fun car to drive I have ever had. Its lightness is a huge factor."

D S., CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The car is oerfectly balanced msking turns at speed easy. The brakes are the right suze gor the weight. It excels easily with nanuel transmission."

Robert I., GA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun to drive, excellent steering, good acceleration"

Anonymous, DC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"quick getting up to speed"

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

"The most enjoyable car I have ever driven. Exceptional handling and driver response. Very good acceleration."

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

"Excellent handling and manueverability. Love driving it. While it's not the fastest car, I'll take it any day over a higher priced muscle car"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"handling"

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

"Good acceleration with exceptional handling."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata has always been a fun to drive and great handling car! I was happy that I got the manual transmission because running through the gears is a big part of the experience. Even though the noise factor is always there, the driver's seat is very comfortable for me and adds to the overall driving experience."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is just fun to drive! The power to weight ratio makes it a quick and powerful vehicle."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great fun to drive, very responsive,. Doesn’t particularly like wet or ice but still handles surprisingly well for such a light rear wheel drive, if you have experience."

Janelle M., MD (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The car is very personal. You feel like you are one with the road ."

Anonymous, MA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The car is well known for great balance front to rear with good acceleration"

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

"fun car"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Strong acceleration six speed balanced suspension"

Tom A., OH (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handling- it's like driving a go kart. as for acceleration, it is more than adequate for a vehicle of this size."

Leroy H., PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's like driving a very fast go cart. Lot's of fun with a feeling that no matter how hard you push the car you never loose control."

Rick H., BC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Miata has great handling and acceptable acceleration. Fun car to drive."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Overall fun to drive. Extremely reliable. Everything is EXCELLENT except manual transmission and gear ratios. These are design flaws, not the reliability of transmission. I own the car for 10 years, and everything is still original except fluids and tires. I did not even have to change the fluids, but changed them only because of the age of the car. Of course, I have only 34000 miles on it in 10 years"

Anil D., TX (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Road-handling and acceleration - very good. Comfort and storage - not the best"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Very fun to drive!"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"quick, stable, responsive handling. Smooth shifting transmission."

R D., OR (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Six speed manual transmission is very easy to use. Acceleration is brisk, handling, tracking is excellent."

Carl B., VA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"My first sports car as an old guy. Love the acceleration and handling. The "hugging the road while turning" is especially nice with a secure feeling."

Thomas T., FL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Peppy and fun to drive"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"A fun-to-drive little car that really "scoots" and hugs the curves."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Drives like a sports car should. A little lag from a standing start."

Richard H., VA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I've never owned or tried anyone else's car that is as much fun to drive. It sticks to the road like a go kart, accelerates in 6th gear and fells like you're going 50 when going 25. I completely LOVE this car...which I only drive in the summer when the weather's fine. The rest of he time it's stored in my workshop."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I can't say enough about how quick and responsive the Miata is. I have the six speed manual transmission, and have yet to run out each gear, as there are no roads that allow speeds over 100 mph."

Robin R., PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great response in steering and acceleration"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Rides like a go-cart!"

Sutherland F., NH (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is a manual shift which works quite well for a sports car."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I really like the handling of this car. It seems to hug the road both on straight ways and turns."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"retractable hardtop, handling"

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

"Very sporty, accelerates well & handles twisty roads like you would want it to."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This car lives to accelerate quickly and hug the road in the curves."

Doug F., TN (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handling and driving experience are outstanding. Acceleration is excellent despite modest power."

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

"a superb sports coupe with only complaint of outside ambient noise when top is up."

John C., WI (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun to drive"

Richard L., CT (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Incredible handling -- better than a 1992 & a 2001 Miata that I owned previously."

Anonymous, AL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This car is not a Porsche, nor did it cost as much to purchase. However, it is most fun to drive, handling all situations with ease and aplomb. It never makes you nervous when driving. When I get out I always have a smile."

P S., SC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handling and reliability"

& M., QC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's a sports car, top down fun. If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand."

Ovidio C., IL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Acceleration is adequate, but what really stands out compared to almost all other cars I have driven is the feeling I get from driving such a light car. I compare it to playing basketball with only a tank top and shorts vs. A winter jacket and ski pants. The manual shifter has short throws and very satisfying mechanical feel. Handling, of course, is excellent and the cloth seats are very comfortable. The feeling of man/machine interaction is highly accentuated when the power retracting hardtop..."

D S., CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Quick and responsive. A true sports car in handling and quickness."

Russell Y., IL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata is very fun to drive. It has great handling and acceleration."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Road handling is the thing I like most."

Larion R., VA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The MX five Miata is a very fun car to drive because it has exceptional acceleration and handling on winding country roads."

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

"This third version of the MX-5 is the best. Ode to buy for handling and acceleration"

Craig M., TX (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun to drive"

Daniel S., MA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great handling."

W R., MI (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Love the handling, tight turning circle, the manual transmission, and overall put a smile on your face factor"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's fun! You know exactly what the car is going to do. All the time. Can’t ask for much more."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"feels like a sports car!"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Comfort

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)

"I enjoy driving my six speed manual tranmission"

Joseph D., FL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Comfortable for a very small car. Would be tough for a longer trip. (One step above a motorcycle.)"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The ride is not smooth. Getting in and out of the seats is like getting out of a bathtub. it is a challenge. The noise factor is such that conversation or listening to podcasts is difficult"

Anonymous, OR (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The only negative about this vehicle is the interior noise level/cockpit comfort in the soft top. It's acceptable for short distances but becomes wearing on longer drives. Otherwise a great car."

Christopher D., BC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Top goes down. Handling is solid. Noise is just what I want to hear."

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

"Legroom on the passenger side is fair - too short for me and I am only 5'10""

Marc B., MA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Aftermarket suspension has improved car dramatically"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Could use a bit more sound insulation."

E R., CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's a roadster. It's suppose to be this way."

W R., MI (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"When cruising at 60 mph the level of road noise is too high to listen to the radio, however the thrill of the driving experience can help you forget this inconvenience."

Doug F., TN (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Road noise and rattle in dashboard that comes and goes."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Rides hard like a little sporty car"

Richard L., CT (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Engine noise is the thing I dislike most about my Miata."

Larion R., VA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"For a two seated vehicle, the seats are fine, the noise is what you would expect, and the ride is solid with a sports care feel in the suspension system."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun to drive, looks and reliability"

& M., QC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Value

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)

"CD player stopped working and was very expensive to fix although the car was 8 years old when this happened."

Anonymous, VA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great fun to drive considering the low cost to own."

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

"I bought the Miata in November, 2008 when winter was beginning and the Great Recession was in full swing. Dealers were fighting over the opportunity unload their Miata and I got 20% off list on my ideal Miata."

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

"If you want a sports car that is fun to drive you can't find a better value."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Peppy sports car for 20K, fun to drive convertible with all that brings with it"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I used to own a Porsche. This car is 80% as much fun and 30% the price. Great value."

Anonymous, HI (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Fun to drive, solid car, no repairs"

Anonymous, DC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Runs well for a 10 year old car. Would buy another."

Elaine L., NC (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"few expenses other than routine maintenance with exception of blowouts due to pot holes has been reliable and dependable without any maintenance except routine"

Wallace K., MD (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"reliability create value"

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

"One of best and most reliable of sports cars, yet near the bottom in price."

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

"Lots of interior room, great handling, small turn radius, excellent visibility, excellent gas milage and very comfortable for under $20K."

Anonymous, PA (2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"An extremely enjoyable sports car for a modest price."

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

Styling

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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