2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
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

"I keep opening windows accidently with my elbow. Switches are near the E brake. More power is always be a welcome addition."

Keith M., ON (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"For a car with a small engine it accelerates very well. It feels like it is "glued" to the road on curves. It was an absolute delight to drive through the Smoky Mountains. I avoid driving it on snow."

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

"The Mazda MX-5 Miata drives and handles with joy! It is a true sports car for sports car enthusiasts. The short throw 6-speed manual shifts smoothly and is easy to use. The gear shift post sits comfortably on the center console at just the right distance from the elbow to the palm. The shift knob fits the palm like a tailored glove. The car handles road curves and hills with the grace of a ballet dancer and the speed of a gazelle. The car is low to the ground which means you avoid road kil..."

Thomas B., TN (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's superb on winding roads, but the steering feels artificially heavy and detracts from highway driving."

Anonymous, PA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I love to drive the car. It has manual transmission. Very responsive."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Mazda Miata has always gotten rave reviews from car magazines for its exceptional handling due to its near 50/50 front/rear weight balance. Our Mazda handles so surely and easily in all normal driving situations and accelerates well enough to exceed all speed limits we ever encounter. It is a delight to drive anytime anywhere."

Sherri D., TX (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"My Grand Touring roadster with 6-speed manual transmission is a sheer joy to drive. The feel of the car as well the sense of being one with the road when combined with the superior handling just can't be overstated. Retract the hardtop and one multiplies the experience tenfold."

Harry K., NV (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I'm not sure there can be a more fun vehicle to drive and own. This vehicle just goes where you need it to. It's not a drag racer but pulls well in every gear. Love it!!"

James W., MS (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Driving is a wonderful experience. It is not fast, fast; but it FEELS fast. Mountain roads are fun; this car will handle any turn. It feels like it gets lower in a turn and you are just holding on."

David B., CA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"What a thrill to drive this car! It is perfectly balanced and is very fast. Can't believe they get this much out of a four cylinder engine. It hugs the road like you're riding on rails and does a pretty good job of handling bumps in the road considering how low it is to the ground."

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

"Performance with excellent fuel economy."

Leon G., NC (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Great fun to drive, handles really well and cabin isn't too windy or noisy. Zoom Zoom"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's a sports car!"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It is a fun drive with the top down. It does not have to be driven fast yet is capable of doing so."

Russel R., ON (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata has beautiful handling and enough zip to be entertaining."

Judith M., MI (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I opted for the GT version of the Mazda MX5 PRHT larger tires, leather seats, Bose audio system....etc. I wish it had more pocket compartments especially in the centre console but it's a sports car and it lives up to its billing. Quick and responsive, top-down motoring in a British type of sports car - simply the best!"

Gregg S., BC (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Nifty little flirts car. Very responsible and fun to drive on the weekend with top down. But not a car for long drives as it can be uncomfortable and cramped."

Amy E., CA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's just fun. Great value and fun for the money."

Anonymous, CT (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Drives like a rocket on wheels. It instantly goes where it it pointed and gets there in a hurry. I have nothing bad to say about this car. It is a true sports car in every respect."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The handling and acceleration is excellent. Great on the highway as well as on the back roads!"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"I have the manual 6-speed transmission and performance handling package. Acceleration is good and the car's performance on twisting, winding, hilly roads is nothing short of exemplary. Traveling up and down the western coastline with the top down is pure bliss."

Harry K., NV (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Best handling and most pleasurable car I have ever driven."

Theodore K., TN (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


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

"Difficult to get in and out, seats are uncomfortable for long rides, noisy with top up. Nice ,firm ride"

Robert L., AB (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"This vehicle handles so well for a small SUV. It's just a fun vehicle to drive."

James W., MS (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Getting in and out of car difficult unless you are small. I am 5'7" and getting out is especially difficult."

Robert H., WA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"When you drive a Mazda MX-4 Miata, you experience bucket seats that hold you in place as you accelerate through curves. The ride is low to the ground so you avoid road kill or you hear your undercarriage hit it. The noise of this sports car is as to be expected, which means there's a definite ability to hear your engine, at the squeal of the tires when cornering hard, and often the air passing around you. With the retractable hard top, the noise level is lower than with the soft top convertib..."

Thomas B., TN (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"It's a noisy for more than an hour or two."

Anonymous, CO (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Stiff seats. Remarkably noisy."

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

"Great car, fun to drive but seating is cramped, jaring on bumps and seats can't adjust for people with long legs."

Emory M., GA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Beautiful styling and road handling. Very loud wind and road noise with top up or down. Bucket seats are hard and uncomfortable for long trips. Awkward entry and egress."

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

"True sports car "feel", hugs the road, seats are very comfortable and with the hard top up it is a very quiet ride!"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)


Anonymous, IN (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"Typical sports car, wind noise, road noise, engine noise, rattles (if left unattended). Sometimes uncomfortable ride due to short wheel base and minimum suspension (intentional aid in sports car handling). It drives like the true sports car that it is."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"The Miata is a very fun drive with the top down. It does not have to be driven fast to enjoy but it will go very well."

Russel R., ON (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"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

"It is a fun vehicle! With the top down, it's a whole different driving experience---you are outside in the world---people even speak to you! All this in a splendidly well designed and delightfully reliable vehicle. And it's one of the lowest priced sports cars on the market."

Sherri D., TX (2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

"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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