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The Mazda MX-5 Miata for 2013 sees minor revisions to its front-end design, some new interior and exterior color and trim treatments and a new wind blocker for the retractable-hardtop model. Fog lights are added to the Sport trim while all 6-speed manual-transmission cars come standard with the Suspension Package. The Touring trim is now called Club.
At this year's Chicago Auto Show in February, Mazda took the wraps off of a Special Edition. Built in limited volume (750 units), this special Miata commemorates the production of 900,000 MX-5 Miatas since 1990. Two unique colors, and built in Grand Touring spec, the Special Edition will only be available with the Miata's Power Retractable Hardtop. Beyond this, there are no changes to the MX-5 in the 2011 model year.
The MX-5 Miata celebrates its 20th anniversary with a mild exterior and interior makeover. Manual transmission models have their redline moved from 5,000 to 7,200 rpm, while a new Induction Sound Enhancer (ISE) places more of the engine's sound just ahead of the windshield. Enhancements are also made to the transmission, suspension and traction control system.
Most of the world's automotive legends come from earlier times, with very few post-1970s cars making the list. One that does is the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata, a 23-year mainstay of the Mazda line and the only compact, modestly-priced 2-seat roadster offered in the U.S. Since its introduction, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has garnered fans from all ages, both male and female, who simply love the open-air experience, the go-kart-like handling and near bullet-proof repair and reliability ratings. Over the years, Mazda has refined the MX-5 Miata formula, adding more safety and convenience features, as well as more power and chassis rigidity. But the basic MX-5 Miata flavor is still the same, which is why this little roadster remains popular, year after year.
By Open-Air Aficionado (San Antonio, TX) on Monday, April 28, 2008
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"I have a 2006 Miata that I bought new... It is a great little sports car, reliable and fun. It has not broken down once since I have owned it, and I have done nothing but scheduled maintenance. The handling is precise, it has plenty of power for a car its size, and throwing down the top can literally be done with one arm in 5 seconds at a stop light. The trunk is big enough to hold duffel bags for a weekend trip, and the keyless entry system has me so spoiled that I get irritated when I have to pull out a key to drive my wife's car. It even comes with a special set of "in between" vents between the normal AC vents and the floor vents that are strategically located below the turbulent airflow in the upper part of the cabin, allowing you to stay warm when the top is down on a chilly night. Nicely designed and solidly constructed. I gave 4 stars for performance out of fairness to cars like the Boxster, and only 4 on comfort since drivers over 6'1'' or so would likely feel a bit cramped and the suspension is tuned more for performance than soft ride. Overall, though, I highly recommend the Miata to those looking for an old school sports car feel without the attendant reliability problems or rough edges."
17 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Kris (AZ) on Friday, July 20, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,700overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great price and pure fun"
Cons: "Lack of interior room"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car does exactly as it is intended to do. It hugs the road for superior driving. It looks fantastic, great sound system, works with my iPod but also plays old school CDs. It is a FUN car to drive! Whoever purchases this car should be realistic in the space allowance. The car turns on a dime and can fit into any Parkin spot. It can even go between cars - almost like a motorcycle, but this is traded for interior room and trunk space...not a lot of trunk space."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Rocketred (CA) on Thursday, May 31, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Sure nimble handling"
Cons: "Unexciting exhaust note"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is my 2nd Miata, replacing my 1990 version after 18 years. Ratained it's essential Miata-ness which is great. Slightly cramped passenger side, great driving position (I'm 5'4") and still one of the most comfortable seats ever for longer trips. The exhaust note is not nearly as good as the 1990 Miata, but that is a small quibble for a great reliable fun to drive car that will put a smile on your face every time you climb into it."
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful