The Miata is a fun-to-drive, low-slung little roadster, with pinpoint handling, instant power delivery, and a crisp manual gearbox. Excellent fuel economy is an extra bonus. While it remains very tight, the cabin has grown a little more livable over the years. The ride is surprisingly tolerable, but cabin noise can grow wearying on long cruises.

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


Anonymous, NY (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Always wanted one since they first introduced model"

COLLEEN H., TX (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Unbelievable acceleration from a 2.0 engine. Handling is like riding on rails yet handles imperfections in the road better than would be expected from this type of car."

JEFF H., CA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Very flexible engine. Much better than the ND (4th Gen) Miata's"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Peppy, maybe even brisk; but not fast. Amazing amount of fun and involvement to drive and corner in. Unbeatable for the price and reliability."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This is the 4th sports car I've owned in the past 50 years. It is superior to the three previous ones in all areas and especially in reliability. It's really a joy to drive on roadways like the Blue Ridge Parkway."

RICHARD D., MD (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Handles like a dream. Needs about 40 hp more to be truly entertaining. Wish I had gotten a manual transmission. Automatic is the best one I've driven but still not flexible enough for my taste."

Anonymous, AL (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata is the best handling sports car for drivers who are interested in a lively responsive driving experience. It literally puts a smile on my face every time I take it out. Handling is superb, acceleration is satisfactory."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great open top car to drive - loads of fun"

A W., ON (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is a shear joy to drive."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Lot of fun to drive."

JOE G., TX (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Quite loud at cruise speeds. Seats quite firm and not comfortable for long distance rides."

WILLIAM C., NJ (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"leather seats are not comfortable and have no lumbar adjustment"

COLIN K., ON (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"its a great car it a little but normal for a sports car"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The climate control in this model (Grand Touring) is very frustrating to use. Even when operating in the manual mode, changing one setting often causes automatic, but undesired, changes other settings."

DAVID S., PA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Passenger seatbelt latch does not work"

MARY W., CA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The constant squeaking noises that seem to come from the dashboard area are RELENTLESS."

L F., NJ (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"side bolster on drivers seat digs into my side (was changed on new version of car in 2016)"

JIM S., TN (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"When PRHT is up, lots of boominess, and lots of road noise. Expected when top is down."

EDWARD P., TX (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


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

What Owners Say

"Bought used with 3000 miles on a 3 year old car. Excellent price to performance ratio. I had wanted one for 20+ years and have really enjoyed the vehicle. It has been trouble free, gets good mpg, reliable, gets comments for looks. Only issue is it is a little loud in the cabin when on the freeway. It also doesnt allow for Bluetooth to play music from my phone."

WADE-ELLEN S., HI (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"A FUN car to drive. Retractible hardtop...excellent handling on my curvy mountain roads. This Limited Edition has all of the Mazda accessories."

RAY B., NV (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I love the style"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Looks awesome with the top down!"

JEFF H., CA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Coming from the 2nd generation to this one now being the 3rd generation, the hardtop styling gives it a real unique look and the lights in back are really nice. You gaze at the car and just can't wait to get back in and take it for a spin!"

RONALD D., CA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Outstanding looks for fit finish and styling. Strangers offer complementary comments on the Miata styling. Car looks seems more expensive than it is."

WILLIAM C., NJ (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Nice looking and well designed in and out. PHRT is well managed and enables easy switch between coupe and convertible functions. Car gets compliments from other consumers in parking lots at Costco, Sams etc"

WADE-ELLEN S., HI (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This year's styling (2011) looks a little dated compared to the 2017 Miata. i.e. more cute than agressive"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Good: overall Bad: rear vision when backing up"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great looking car"

JOE G., TX (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)
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