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Since 1990, Mazda took the idea of the charmingly eccentric British roadster and infused it with Japanese reliability. By remaining true to its nature of fun and affordable performance, the Miata has thrilled and inspired hundreds of thousands of buyers, from money-conscious workaday drivers to weekend racers.
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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

“The Mazda Miata is a great driving car. Although it is not exceptionally powerful, it handles like a go-kart and has great road feel. The 6-speed manual transmission is a lot of fun.”

JIM O., MO (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“great value. fun to drive. best handling car I have owned.”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Driving this car is a joy. The manual gearbox is a pleasure to shift. Acceleration is good for a normally aspirated 4 cylinder.”

KEITH D., TX (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“drives like a dream. very responsive, great get up & go. a fun car”

ELLEN A., MD (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“This is the 3rd Miata I have owned and this new model is by far the best handling, holds the road well, corners fabulously, feels solid like a "big" car and has lots of get up and get. Very satisfying to drive, when you are a person that loves to drive.”

KIRK C., OR (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Handling, handling, handling”

Anonymous, MO (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“driving experience is excellent. Tight steering. Handles excellent. Love it!”

DEBORAH S., NC (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“The experience is amazing. I have owned a number of roadsters over the years. The 2016 Miata provides the most satisfaction. It is quick and light with precise steering. It has even torque delivery so you can rev it to a normal level with nice response or rev all the way out if you like. It is also very comfortable for a roadster and I am 6'1.5" and 195 pounds. It is a fine car to own and drive.”

BARBARA D., NY (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“It is the most fun to drive”

JAMES R., FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“I drive this car every chance that I get and the Lexus stays in the garage. It drives fantastic and I just love the way that it handles and drives. I had a Smart car before the Miata and I loved the Smart also but the Smart drove like a go-kart and this drives like a luxury race car.”

NATHANIEL B., GA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“It is the family's road trip car. My wife, my son and I all love to take it on fun drives.”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“The connection between the car and the rider.”

Anonymous, MA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Much better performer than the NC Miata. I don't miss the speed of my prior Audi S4 one bit. The Miata puts a smile on my face every time I drive it.”

SCOTT S., FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“the handling and performance of this car is the entire reason for owning it. it never disappoints.”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Handling.”

JAY S., FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Compared to my previous 2006 MX-5, this one is much better. 5th gear in this car is about where 6th was in the old one, and the new 6th is more of a true overdrive. I got 32 mpg with the 06, and this one gets 38. The clutch is even smoother than the 06, and the whole experience of driving this car seems seamless and natural. It corners like it's on rails, without squealing tires and such”

ROBERT Y., NC (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Most maneuverable car on the road! Handles like a bicycle.”

Anonymous, GA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Very quick, great handling, it demands that I am completely engaged in driving, not just sitting and steering a car.”

Anonymous, NB (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Very fun to drive and handles well. Good acceleration”

DAVID P., OH (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Not the fastest car on the road, but it feels like it is. Corners like a go-cart and provides sense of speed without going too much over the speed limit.”

RICHARD S., NC (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“I've always had sports cars, and this is hands down the best handling car I've ever owned. Amazing handling.”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Previously mentioned road trip was up and down Hwy 1 in California between Carmel and Point Reyes. Lots of curves and a few hills. Car was amazing. My girlfriend compared it to a roller coaster ride.”

JEFFREY B., CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“My second Miata, it's a blast to drive. The excellent gas mileage is also a plus.”

CAMERON G., AL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Driving”

WILLIAM A., OH (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“I like it looks, and it is a blast to drive.”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Fun to drive!”

Anonymous, NB (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“It handles like a go-kart! Makes driving at legal limits FUN!”

GEORGE M., CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“The most fun I have ever had driving a car! Quick acceleration and handles curves like it's reading my mind!”

TERRY M., VA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“No lumbar adjustment”

ALAN K., IN (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“After driving an hour or so, my back starts to ache”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Noisy on the hwy. on a recent trip from Fl to NY I used earplugs which made a big difference to me in comfort. Right leg gets sore after awhile.”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Wind noise is very loud at maximum highway speed with the top up. Wind noise is OK with top down, but wind management is excellent in that I don't feel buffeted.”

ROGER M., MI (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Seats are a bit small, pinched-in. Wish they were wider, softer.”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“car us surprisingly comfortable on a long drive. recently drove over 4 hours on a road trip and was very comfortable. Car is loud, but I knew that going in . Its a convertible.”

JEFFREY B., CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“My Miata does not have a storage compartment that is usable. I want a glove compartment.”

SUSAN T., CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Very limited space in cockpit versus prior Miatas . The cockpit functions are not intuitive or easy to use. for example, must take eye off the road to determine speed, fuel level, etc. The cockpit has almost no space for items usefull to hafe3 at hand, This is our 5th Miata. We have enjoyed the driving experiency and safety, but this new design is difficult and potentially dangerous.”

RICHARD D., CA (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“i find this car very uncomfortable for any length of time--both driving and riding as a passenger.”

AMY S., MD (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Some intermittent creaks and rattles have shown up in the first 2000 miles; they are more noticeable on rough country roads when the top is up and audio is off; the dealer was not able to even hear them much less find and eliminate them. Also, the driver's seat is a little too low for my liking, and I wish it had a height adjustment; I am using a memory foam seat cushion which helps somewhat. The seats are not comfortable enough for long trips of over three hours or so in my opinion. But most of”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Very effective A/C (I am in FL). Top up noise is excessive, even for a Miata. Perhaps the better insulated top from the GT model would help?”

SCOTT S., FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Value

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

What Owners Say

“Paid $600 below invoice so I am very satisfied with price.”

DAVID P., OH (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“The Mazda Miata is very reasonably priced for a vehicle with this much styling and which is as much fund to drive as a go-kart”

JIM O., MO (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Very thankful that a trim choice was offered WITHOUT infotainment and/or complicated display screens. These items lend some wow factor to the test drive but are going to disallow so many vehicles from becoming "classics" in the future -- due to non-functioning electronics (which often control all audio, climate, etc.) I can do without all that.”

Anonymous, AL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Even at retail price, seems to be a very competitive value. Our dealer very readily discounted the vehicle and made the purchasing experience really pleasant”

MARK W., AL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“I frequently get stopped in parking lots by people asking what car I'm driving and commenting on what a beautiful car it is. The new design is a real head turner!”

CAROL W., FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Everthing is great!!!!”

Anonymous, MO (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“It's a beautiful car, in terms of shape, styling and details. I had a 2006 Miata that I really liked, and I would say that everything about this car that is different from that one is an improvement.”

ROBERT Y., NC (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“I always was interested in the Miatas attributes but my sons said it was a girlie car. Personally it didn't matter to me but with the redesign I grabbed one and everybody's happy.”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Absolutely terrific looking vehicle that gets stares everywhere”

GERALD S., IN (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

“Everything”

WILLIAM A., OH (2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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