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2012 Mazda Miata Touring Hardtop Convertible

2012 Mazda Miata Review

(0 Stars)  Still one of the world's best sports cars.

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The Miata is best enjoyed with a manual transmission bolted to its 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The engine produces only 167 hp and redlines at 7200 rpm, but it's the way the power is delivered that makes the Miata so much fun: the sixteen-valver pulls hard all the way to its 7500-rpm fuel cutoff, with great induction noise piped directly into the cabin. The optional automatic transmission doesn't kill the fun too severely, but it does drop power to 158 hp and reduces the redline to a more pedestrian 6700 rpm. The Miata offers a well-designed cabin made of high-quality materials, a usable--although not exactly spacious--trunk, and a soft top that you can flip up or down without getting out of the driver's seat. In addition, an optional power retractable hard top that can be raised or lowered in twelve seconds makes the Miata a livable companion in foul-weather states. The Miata is a lot of fun to drive, despite the fact that its engine puts out a relatively modest amount of power. All-around independent suspension, disc brakes, and a finely tuned chassis further contribute to a pure and exhilarating driving experience. With the disappearance this year of the more hard-core RX-8, the Miata carries on as the only sports car in the Mazda lineup. We expect an all-new Miata next year. Would that stop us from buying a 2012? Most definitely not.

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2012 Miata Touring Hardtop Convertible Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 21 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, 24 MPG combined and 304 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
12.7gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 167 hp @ 7,000 rpm; 140 ft lb of torque @ 5,000 rpm

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'12 Mazda Touring Hardtop Convertible Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Keyless Entry
Power Locks
Power Outlet(s)
Power Windows
Steering Wheel Tilt
Trip Computer
Cup Holders
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Auto Day/Night Mirror
Driver Air Bag
Engine Immobilizer
Front Fog Lights
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Passenger Air Bag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc Changer
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
Compact Disc Player
Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
Alloy Wheels
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