Heading into the 25 year anniversary of the Miata, this roadster continues to be the basis behind the Mazda mantra. Highly recognizable by its size, body style, and always grinning driver, the Miata has been and continues to be a roaster that is lightweight, handles like a dream, and is equipped with an engine that is more than powerful enough to make this car feel very zippy and enthusiastic on any road. As one of the last remaining two-seater roadsters made by US manufacturers, the Miata is due for an upgrade in the upcoming years, but for now Miata lovers can enjoy the thrill of driving this awesome roadster.
The Miata is truly inspired from the old British MG and offers an excellent track record of reliability and modern convenience for all drivers to enjoy. As one of very few convertible vehicles that start under $25,000, the Miata is affordable for just about anyone who needs a second vehicle and doesn’t want to settle for a boring sedan. For the 25th anniversary there will be a 25th-anniversary edition made to celebrate, but it will be very limited with only 100 being made so true enthusiasts need to get their order in early to take advantage of this milestone. The only other change from 2014 is the Sport model gets a cloth roof instead of a vinyl one, but otherwise the lineup is unchanged, waiting for the next generation to begin.
Driving the Miata is simply fun, making it one of the best toys any adult can have in their toy box. The super sharp handling, highly enthusiastic engine and rear-wheel drive set up let drivers feel like it is a traditional sports car, but much easier to handle and enjoy. The only knock at all is the stiffness of the suspension and noisy cabin, but otherwise this is a roadster worth its weight in gold. Sacramento Mazda tells us the Miata is the perfect choice to make when taking a cruise along winding roads and is great for a canyon run with its awesome handling and impressive engine that takes on any road with fun and ease.
Only one engine is offered for the Miata and that is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Yes, it is a small engine, but that doesn’t stop it from being an enthusiastic and high performing power plant. This engine comes in with 167 horsepower for the manual transmission and 158 horsepower for the automatic transmission and both offer 140 lb.-ft. of torque. With a vehicle that only weighs about 2,500 pounds, this is plenty of power to make the car go “zoom zoom” with ease. The Miata will achieve 22 city/28 hwy mpg for the five-speed manual transmission, 21 city/28 hwy mpg for the six-speed manual transmission, and 21 city/28 hwy mpg for the automatic transmission.
The cabin of the Miata is small and fits only two people, but the seats are supportive and comfortable. The trunk space is small, but offers enough room for several grocery bags, or a couple pieces of luggage for those taking the Miata for a journey. The materials used are supple and upscale, especially on higher trims and the controls and functions of the vehicle are all easy to find and use, making this and easy to love, fun to drive and enjoy car that offers a massive amount of driving excitement. The Miata is not equipped with some of the latest technologies such as a navigation system and USB connectivity, but is expected to add these features in the next generation.
On the outside the Miata is unmistakable. With the short, rounded nose and rear as well as a squat and wide stance the car appears to simply hover just above the pavement as it zips down the pavement. The angles and curves are stylish and beautiful, offering the feeling of an old throwback British roadster and there is no mistaking the look of fun that comes from the car. The front of the vehicle shows a wide smiling grill that is having a great time being a Miata and the headlights are wrapped back to start the eye moving across the sleek but simple lines. The final touch is added with the heavily spoked wheels that are sport inspired and ready to roll.
The standard features offered for the base Sport Trim Miata include a cloth soft top that has to be manually retracted for the convertible feeling, 16-inch wheels, cloth seats, air conditioning, power windows, and a six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary port. The Club trim adds features that include cruise control, keyless entry, and 17-inch wheels. The Grand Touring model adds a Bose premium sound system and heated leather seats. The safety features for all models include front and side airbags as well as stability and traction control. The 25th anniversary model will include almond leather seats, satin chrome accents, and a custom Tourneau watch.
Optional equipment for the Miata includes larger wheels, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, HID xenon headlights, an anti-theft alarm, a front air dam, rear underskirt, a sport-tuned suspension, Bilstein shocks, a limited slip differential, and an in-dash six-disc CD changer. All of these options add a great deal of creature comfort to the Miata which at its base model isn’t full of a lot of comfort features to enjoy.
Pricing for the Miata at the base Sport model starts at $24,765 making this one of the only convertibles offered on the market under $25,000. A model that adds the power-operated retractable hardtop will begin at $29,460. Anyone who has their order in early enough and is lucky enough to score one of the 100 25th anniversary editions will pay $33,000 for this model of Miata. At the top end of the pricing spectrum, the loaded Grand Touring model will come in around $34,000 which really is a reasonable price for all the added features for owners to enjoy.