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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is marking its milestone with an exclusive 25th-anniversary edition, of which only 100 will be made. Base Sport models now get a cloth roof instead of vinyl. Otherwise the rest of the lineup carries over unchanged until the all-new, 4th-generation Miata arrives.
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.
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and though it has matured over the years to offer features like a retractable hardtop, its simple formula continues to work its magic. The Miata's potion for emotion goes like this: Start with a 2-seat roadster body that boasts the best handling this side of a go kart, add a zippy engine and rear-wheel drive, give it an attainable price, then let it set you free. Tradeoffs for its grin-inducing manners include limited cargo space and an absence of the latest technology as this 3rd-generation Miata nears the end of its lifecycle. Those factors may deter casual commuters, but driving purists will relish what remains the most thrilling roadster for the money.
By Open-Air Aficionado 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."
20 people out of 20 found this review helpful
By Kris 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."
14 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By Chickenman on Wednesday, June 24, 2009
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"One of the best cars I have ever owned. Even little old ladies stop to compliment its good looks. It handles exceptionally well in winding roads and gets superior gas mileage. Not a family car, but a wonderful commuter that takes the pain out of rush hour. Took one star off for comfort because it's no Caddy, but my wife and I drove it over 3500 miles from the dealer to home in mid December 2008 (MD to CA) and suffered no aches or pains. We will keep this baby till the wheels fall off!"
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful