I just love the way it drives and riding with the top down. While this information is specific to vehicle make, model, model year and body type, your personal information is not taken into consideration and could greatly alter the actual premium quoted by an insurer. And while refinements - and additional safety upgrades - have been added, the recipe remains essentially the same: A modestly responsive four-cylinder engine, precise manual transmission, a well dampened, fully independent suspension, and minimalistic bodywork. Some people might not like its happy-face grille, which is now a staple on Mazda cars, but it works better on the Miata than it does on other models. The power-retractable hardtop takes a bit longer to transform from coupe to roadster, but the added convenience, noise isolation and security make it a good choice as a daily driver. It's this tiny little area in the middle of the steering wheel. And yet perfection eluded them.
Its low-slung, athletic shape is appealing, and its proportions are just right. We strive to engineer this connection into each and every one of our cars. I went home that night and researched the car. Also available this year is the limited-production Miata Special Edition. For more information, please call 678-898-9670.
The interior material stains easily and may not come clean. And we create safety technology to give them even more confidence behind the wheel. With its low , a small four-cylinder under the hood and a manual transmission, the Miata may seem like it could be an especially efficient sports car. On the highway, taller people will feel the air buffeting the top of their head and rushing around them. Still, the free-revving four-cylinder always seems eager to play and the short-throw manual gearbox is as good as it gets.
The power-retractable hardtop takes a bit longer to transform from coupe to roadster, but the added convenience, noise isolation and security make it a good choice as a daily driver. I live near the beach so definitely going to work in the morning it's a pleasure with the top down as the Sun's coming up. And while its development over twenty years has necessarily accommodated new safety and emission legislation, the tight, lithe platform continues to deliver an almost innate connection with the asphalt and hopefully fresh air. Local, 1-Owner Miata traded for a Porsche. In testing a Miata with a five-speed manual transmission, we found the car could sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in a reasonably quick 6.
No line, no edge, no contour is sculpted by accident. The drink holders are directly in the line that your arm must move to shift, and so are unuseable unless you want to risk dumping coffee all over the interior. There are faster cars, bigger cars, and definitely pricier cars out there. But I had to do a lot of modifications to the 2012 to make it right. But the speed and elegance with which the roof retracts was worth every effort. There is absolutely nothing extraneous to the architecture, and while its footprint may be an expansion on the '60s-era Lotus that inspired it, there are few cars today - and virtually none in the U. There are faster cars, bigger cars, and definitely pricier cars out there.
Points are also deducted for the disappointing top-down stereo performance. This relationship between horse and rider is called Jinba Ittai. I went back for a test drive and had the keys to one within a week. Touring and Grand Touring models can enhance the Miata's already nimble handling with the Suspension package only available with a manual transmission , which includes a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks and a limited-slip differential. That might be cause for concern under different circumstances, but not in this case: The Miata is that well-executed. Taller drivers, however, have found that the seat runs out of rearward travel, although there's loads more room than in previous-generation Miatas. The sun visors dont rotate, and are made of cheap plastic.
Hood, trunk, front control arms, rear suspension uprights and rear brake calipers are all crafted in a material many carmakers have yet to discover - in any application. Despite that, I probably won't buy another. Some people might not like its happy-face grille, which is now a staple on Mazda cars, but it works better on the Miata than it does on other models. Taller drivers, however, have found that the seat runs out of rearward travel, although there's loads more room than in previous-generation Miatas. The six-speed manual and automatic sacrifice only 1 mpg in city mileage.
And should you opt for the power-retractable-hardtop model, you're only taking on another 70 pounds for the additional weather protection, noise insulation and parking security. We engineer a responsive drive that makes people feel connected. The Grand Touring steps up with the choice of a black or beige cloth top, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated seats, a seven-speaker Bose audio system and silver interior accents. But what it provides in driving enjoyment puts it solidly in pole position, with feedback - both mechanical and aural - fully appropriate to the classic sports car experience. See a of the trims.
To its credit, the accommodation is much better than that offered by its one-time competitor, the Pontiac Solstice. Send Mike an Hide full review. Lighter pistons and connecting rods, along with an increase in valve spring rates, larger throttle body opening and a freer-flowing exhaust system are just a few changes made to increase power without adding weight to the engine, creating balance and oneness between driver and vehicle. The die was cast in 1990, and while that die may have been broadened ever so slightly, it's still immediately recognizable - and immediately enjoyable. As you can probably tell, we think rather highly of the 2011 Mazda Miata. From a company with a rich heritage of racing comes a hardtop with a modern style that seamlessly moves from the track to a night on the town. Factors that will affect your rate include your age, marital status, credit history, driving record, and the garaging address of your vehicle.
Dropping the top takes only a few seconds and raising it is just as easy. Most of the Miata's available options are packaged in its trim level upgrades. As always, this Miata features simple, legible gauges along with well-placed, user-friendly controls. It's a great distance in engineering terms. Driving Impressions One of the Miata's greatest attributes continues to be its ability to bound from corner to corner on a tight and winding road. The Mazda's closest rival would be the convertible, which isn't as capable in terms of handling but is still fun to drive and offers the bonus of a pair of very small backseats. And this particular car is the pinnacle of pure sports cars.