It won Best Sports Car at the 2011 US News Best Car for the Money Award. It is no surprise that she won this award. The vehicle with excellent reliability, great handling, and the optional electrically retractable weather-tight hardtop deserves this win.
To make things even better, the Miata is very affordable. You’d think a car with great features would be expensive, but that’s not the case with this one; Even ordinary people can own this car.
The Miata comes in two models: a soft-top roadster and a retractable hardtop. The difference between the two models is that the soft top models look more beautiful than the hard top models. The hardtop still looks good, but Miata owners prefer models with a soft top.
If you try to compare the Miata with other cars, you will see that the car has no real competition. The only cars that came close to being their competition are cars like the Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky twins and the Honda S2000.
Let’s get to know more about the Mazda Miata and what makes this car the best sports car for ordinary people.
The Miata has good performance specifications, which is very satisfactory to drive
Under the hood is a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that produces 167 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. Sport trims come with a five-speed manual transmission, while Touring and Grand Touring trims come with a six-speed manual transmission. Owners have the option to have a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The Miata with a five-speed manual transmission can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. The Miata’s handling is predictable due to its perfect 50/50 weight distribution, and the steering is safe when it’s too fast or when there’s a quick change of direction.
The Miata is very agile on a narrow, winding road. This is because of the wonderful connection between the suspension and the steering. With a four-cylinder engine that always seems keen on play and a first-class manual transmission, the Miata can suit any driver. Although the Miata is a sports car, drivers with less sporting intentions will find the vehicle easy and comfortable to live with.
Unique Miata design. It has a classic roadster look inside and out
The Miata MX-5’s design took a while to be changed by Mazda. Critics don’t like this. They say the styling is a bit conservative, but some owners from Consumer Reports deny that claim and say the car’s design is great. The only change to Mazda’s design was the addition of flared fenders to make the Miata look sharper.
The cabin is very comfortable for mid-size drivers, but taller people may find it a bit cramped. But from the 2011 model year, the Miata is a little more spacious than its older siblings. Apart from this minor flaw, the car features simple, legible gauges and easy to use and well located controls.
Operating the manual convertible top is not as complicated as other convertibles. You push the button, pull up a lever, and throw the top over your shoulder. Dropping and raising the roof takes a few seconds, and taller, muscular drivers can raise the roof without ever leaving the seat. Although changing from a coupe to a roadster takes a bit longer with the retractable hardtop, the increased comfort, safety and noise isolation make it a desirable option for the everyday driver.
Another drawback of the Miata is the lack of boot space, which is understandable because it is a small convertible. The 5.3 cubic feet of luggage space is barely enough to fit some cargo such as golf bags. For infotainment, the top-down stereo is also disappointing, and the upgraded Bose system won’t help as poorly oriented speakers will fail to surround occupants.
Basic safety features are standard on all Mazda Miata models
Miata has enough safety features to satisfy many owners. Basic brakes such as anti-lock brakes and seat-mounted side airbags are available. However, other important features such as electronic stability control are not standard on all models. Relatively cheaper than others, Miata rims probably don’t have this essential feature.
The car comes with power windows, a CD player, and tilt steering as other standard features. Higher trims include upgraded rims, a trip computer and automatic climate control. Optional features include Sirius satellite radio and steering wheel audio controls.