The Mazda Miata was released as the MX-5 in North America and was called named Roadster in Japan. This is a lightweight, 2 seat convertible that is made by the Mazda company in Hiroshima, Japan. It made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show in 1989.
When the car was released in 1990, it became an instant hit among buyers. This particular make and model revived the affordable sports car industry that was first made popular by automakers from Britain during the 1950s and 60s. The Miata offered modern engineering and reliability and buyers were happy to line up at dealerships to purchase these new vehicles at above sticker prices.
Since first released, the mania for this car has somewhat faded. However, the Mazda Miata is still one of the more popular convertible choices. The vehicle is in its 3rd generation and is continuing on with the trend. It offers a quick change of direction, similar to driving a go-kart, communicates the road clearly to the driver, and accelerates quickly.
Anyone that is in the market for a sports car that is affordable and provides many open road thrills with the top down, this vehicle should be on your short list.
The current Mazda Miata is powered with a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that is good for 167 hp. Based on the trim level that is chosen, the power of the engine is routed through the rear tires using either a 5 or a 6 speed manual transmission or a 6 speed automatic transmission. The engine output drops down to 158 horsepower when the automatic transmission is chosen.
There are three trims available, the sport trim, the club trim, and the grand touring. The sport trim is equipped for enthusiasts who are on a budget. The club adds several performance upgrades such as high performing tires and a strut tower brace. There are also a few styling tweaks to this version. The Grand Touring edition is quite luxurious and offers leather seats that are heated and an automatic climate control.
For those who would like to combine the open air with a fixed roof refinement, the Miata can be ordered with a retractable hardtop that is power operated. This fixed hard top roof only adds about 70 pounds to the curb weight of the vehicle and it also transforms touring with the top up into an experience that is much quieter and more weather proof.
The 3rd generation of the Mazda dates back to the year 2006 when the model was redesigned completely. The newest generation of the vehicle offers an engine that is more powerful, a stiffer chassis that is more sophisticated, and an interior that is roomier and more refined. These were all key improvements to the vehicle.
In the year 2008, there was a special edition version of the Mazda Miata offered that came in Icy Blue paint. In addition, in 2008, the vehicle saw a drop of 5 horsepower for the vehicles that had automatic transmissions. The next year there was a minor adjustment to the style of the exterior.
For over 20 years, the Mazda Miata has remained a pure form of automotive fun. The latest version of the vehicle is not an exception to this. For those who are just looking for a weekend toy, the lighter equipped version is likely going to be the best option. If it is going to be used for a daily vehicle, the luxurious features of the Grand Touring combined with its cabin that is a bit roomier, might be the better choice.