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2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $24,515

Fair Purchase Price $22,318
Fair Market Range ($22,146 - $22,855)

Invoice $23,219
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Editors - Updated Date: 10/29/2013

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.

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 It 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

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.

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.

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