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2014 Mazda Miata MX-5

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2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.2

The Mazda Miata has been around for about a quarter-century and, through all that, remains true to the original concept: The 2014 MX-5 Miata is a tidy, affordable, front-engine rear-drive 2-seat roadster with a lively small-displacement engine and snappy performance, razor-sharp handling and a fun-to-drive factor that's off the scale. The Miata has its own racing series (two of them, in fact), has earned universal appeal from all ages and both sexes and is known and admired around the world. Its true competitors are few: Perhaps the Mini Cooper Roadster is on that list. Lots of sports cars are faster or flashier but, now in its third generation, the 2014 MX-5 Miata perfectly maintains that tradition of unmatched affordable and reliable fun behind the wheel.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've wanted a small, light, 2-seat roadster in the traditional front-engine, rear-drive layout and with more grins per mile than a load of monkeys who have raided the liquor cabinet, there is no better choice than the MX-5 Miata.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The MX-5 Miata is not a big car and, therefore, does not offer a lot of extra interior room. If you don't fit, there are other open-air choices, from a VW Beetle Convertible to a used Corvette and a lot, obviously, in between.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 8.2
  • 9.8
  • 6.6
  • 7.8
  • 7.6
  • N/A

Consumer Rating

9.4 out of 10
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2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

With the exception of three new colors there are no changes to the Mazda MX-5 Miata for 2014.

Driving the Miata MX-5
2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Unless your idea of perfect motoring is being chauffeured around in the back seat of an airport limo, it's just about impossible not to fall in love with the driving...

experience of the 2014 MX-5 Miata. Make it light, make it nimble, make it responsive and what would you expect? It weighs roughly 2,500 pounds, has nearly equal front-to-rear weight distribution, rides on a very sophisticated fully independent suspension, includes great steering and brakes and has been thoroughly conceived, engineered, refined, detailed and built to deliver the ultimate in a fun-to-drive connection with the pavement. On a curvy road it must be experienced to be believed. Other sports cars are faster. None are more fun to drive. This thing is as crisp as a fresh-out-of-the-bag potato chip.
Favorite Features

2.0-LITER DOHC 4-CYLINDER ENGINE
There is no supercharger or turbo to boost output, no V6 crammed under the hood to throw off the 50/50 weight balance, just a marvelously rev-happy 2.0-liter engine that responds without complaint and sips fuel to the tune of 28 mpg.

BALANCED CHASSIS
Starting with a light and rigid structure, continuing with a fully independent suspension with upper and lower control arms front and rear, and adding in a near-equal weight distribution, the MX-5 Miata's artfully conceived and technologically refined layout is the basis for its exemplary handling.

2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 Details
2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata's interior is admittedly on the snug side, but it's not a big car. And, for those who can fit, the resultant ride is always fun and always memorable. The seats might be tight for some but are appropriately supportive for enthusiastic driving. Somewhat surprisingly, the trunk offers decent space for a reasonable amount of luggage or a few grocery bags. The materials are of good quality and show a commendable level of fit and finish, and available features include leather seating, a Bose audio system and even automatic climate control.

Exterior
2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 photo

The 2014 MX-5 Miata's exterior exemplifies the minimalist approach: It uses just enough metal to cover the working parts and the body is wrapped snugly, like somebody who's physically fit and doesn't wear baggy pants or lumpy sweatshirts. Deserving special mention is the retractable soft-top; it requires only one hand and arm to open or close and makes all other manually operated tops clumsy by comparison. For more security there's the retractable-hardtop model; its folding top does not intrude upon available trunk space and results in the loss of no more than a small storage spot behind the seats.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even the base 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Sport trim level, is very well-equipped, with a 5-speed manual transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, electronic stability and traction control, fog lights, air conditioning, power windows, glass rear window with defroster, a decent sound system and a host of other convenience features and assists. Moving up to the Grand Touring adds 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control, heated seats, leather and a Bose audio. The racy Club adds a sport-tuned Suspension Package, front air dam, rear underskirt and appropriate trim and appearance items.

Optional Equipment

Mostly, the MX-5 Miata's options are in trim-level upgrades. The 6-speed automatic is available across the board, but the retractable hardtop is not offered with the Sport. The Convenience Package (remote keyless entry, cruise control, power door locks and other items) is standard on Club and Grand Touring. The Premium Package (Grand Touring only) adds higher-end convenience features. The Appearance Package includes the front air dam and rear underskirt and is standard on the Club. The Suspension Package (standard on Club) is optional on the Grand Touring. Stand-alone options include a rear spoiler, SiriusXM and an in-dash 6-disc CD changer.

Under the Hood
2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 Engine photo

The 2014 MX-5 Miata's 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 167 horsepower with the manual transmission and 158 with the automatic; mid-pack, power-wise. But the MX-5 weighs only around 2,500 pounds and that engine responds like a hungry cat after a fat mouse. In the way it revs and the way it sounds – which is terrific – it's every millimeter a wonderful sports-car engine. The 5-speed and 6-speed manual transmissions shift with short throws and clean precision; the 6-speed automatic does its job just fine but, really, if you can operate a manual gearbox that's the way to go. There isn't anything about the 2014 MX-5 Miata that doesn't want to get moving and put a smile on your face.

2.0-liter inline-4
167 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm (manual)
158 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm (automatic)
140 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/28 mpg (5-speed manual), 21/28 mpg (6-speed manual), 21/28 mpg (automatic)

Pricing Notes

The three 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible trim levels – Sport, Club and Grand Touring – carry Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) tags ranging from around $24,000 (5-speed Sport) to around $29,000 (Grand Touring automatic), plus whatever options the consumer cares to add. The power-retractable-hardtop Club starts around $29,000 and a loaded Grand Touring tops out around $34,000. Be sure and check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to find out what consumers are paying in your market area for the 2014 MX-5 Miata. Historically, the Mazda Miata's resale value has been consistently high, a testament to both its long-term reliability and desirability to successive generations of car buyers. While there are no direct competitors to the MX-5 Miata, perhaps the closest is the Mini Cooper Roadster, and they both have similar, and strong, residual values.

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2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 191 Ratings for the 2006 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Best Car I have Owned

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Light, fast, sporty, more fun than anything!"

Cons: "Limited space for people or luggage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Mica Red with Beige Top/Orange Interior

"The Miata is the best car I have ever owned...though not the most practical. It is small, but that means it is sporty, powerful and handles like a Lotus. As a daily driver, it is amazing...it makes me want to get in and drive somewhere, even when I have no place to go. This is the best selling sports car of all time, and once you drive it, you will understand why. Space is an issue, so it is best as a second car, or for someone who understands the limitations up front. Quality and Reliability are a 10...fun is a 10, and even the looks are a 10. Forget the whole "girl car" stuff...this is a car for people who are true drivers."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Mica Red with Beige Top/Orange Interior

fun to drive

By on Friday, March 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"handling, exhaust is tuned so perfectly. Not being a turbo it is pretty adequate for performance. Drive it year round with a good snows is very good in a snow storm. Just a great car to drive"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

So much fun to drive!

By on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great price, fun to drive."

Cons: "Battery (life and placement) some cheap interiors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I test drove every sports car under the sun, most 2-3 times more expensive than the Mazda Miata, but none felt as right as this car. It was light, fast and nimble. It hugs the road and feels completely balanced unlike many of the other sport cars, though most with more horsepower and a little more guts, felt front heavy. I am a small woman, and often have trouble getting up high enough to see comfortably over the dash without a cushion, but this car has a perfect driving position for me; like a perfectly designed cockpit. My 6"2 boyfriend however, is less than pleased with the head height unless the top is down. Oh well! It does fine in rain, scarey in snow so i try not to get caught which is difficult here in the northeast, but as impractical as owning one here may be, this is one lease that I do not want to return. I can't wait to see the redesign in 2015 which is supposedly a collaboration between Mazda and Alfa Remeo. If you want a fun, reasonably priced sports car, this is it, hands down."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

When I drive this car is like putting on a glove.

By on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling is awesome. Very responsive."

Cons: "Firm ride, interior not plush."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The most fun for the price car out there. Have not had any problems in 97K. Starts and drives like the day I bought it. Replaced the struts at 70K. Regular service and the usual tires, front brakes."

Fun to drive but not practical

By on Saturday, January 25, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Inpracticality

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
3/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"It's a great car for the suitable person, but I made the mistake of buying a car in a rush. It's a great fun car to drive, except it can't take your daughter's friend when you pick her up at a school chorus practice; you can't take anyone to golf because the trunk won't accomodate a single golf bag, grocery shopping is out as you can't fit two bags of Charmin in the car. It looks too cute people thought it more of a female car. Getting in and out is a chore even for someone with a small figure."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Fun car but not great for everyday driving

By on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "It's a hoot to drive"

Cons: "Seats could be a bit more supportive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Due to the 6-speed manual and Southern California traffic, I feel the car is not the best choice for everyday driving. Drive on a twisty mountain road, however, and a smile will come over your face. The car is not fast but sure is fun! Reliability has been excellent; have only replaced the thermostat in over 50,000 miles (outside of normal maintenance). Comfort is acceptable; cabin is a bit noisy. The body structure is quite good for a convertible and has far fewer squeaks and rattles than my previous sports car. Looking into installing a supercharger as I'd like to have about 60 more hp; the power is adequate for "normal" driving though. I just want a little more power."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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