• Energetic personality
  • Convertible top at an affordable price
  • Great fuel economy
  • Road noise
  • Requires energetic driver
  • Distinctive, not beautiful

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What's New for Miata in 2014

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Vehicle Summary

Mazda introduced the Miata in 1990, and the lightweight, agile, and affordable convertible immediately became a sensation. Over the course of two generations of cars, the Miata reintroduced the concept of a simple, two-passenger car designed to be both entertaining to drive and cost-effective to purchase and operate. As used cars, Miatas have become the basis for grassroots enthusiasm both on the street and on the racetrack.

Introduced in 2006, the third-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata has embraced refinement without abandoning its core value of simplicity. A chassis based on the Mazda RX-8 sports car has brought not only crisper handling but also a more composed ride. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata revs to the rpm limit with enthusiasm and features variable valve timing for a broad, tractable band of power.


The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is just the sort of sports car that you've always wanted. It's not overpriced, overcomplicated, or overbearing in the way that sports cars can be. The Miata simplifies the driving experience, so you have fun instead of a large monthly payment (or an equally large auto-insurance bill).

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a compact, responsive package with a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive chassis that rides on a wheelbase measuring just 91.7 inches. The RX-8-based platform is structurally rigid enough to enhance both handling and comfort.

The core of the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. When matched with a manual transmission, the engine makes 167 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque (158 hp and140 lb-ft of torque with the six-speed automatic). That may not sound like much, but the engine pulls hard all the way up the rev range, and coupled with excellent steering, braking, and handling, the Miata is immensely entertaining to drive.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata comes as a convertible with a manually operated top made from fabric or as a hardtop convertible with a power-operated retractable metal roof. The Miata is available in three trim levels: Sport, with a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic; Club, with a six-speed manual transmission and a sport-tuned chassis including a limited-slip differential; Grand Touring, with a six-speed manual and a complement of luxury features. The hardtop convertible is available in Club or Grand Touring Trim.

Key Competitors

  • Subaru BRZ
  • Mini Roadster
  • Porsche Boxster
  • Volkswagen GTI

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2014 Miata 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


  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Traction Control

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player
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