2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

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2017
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Mazda rolled out its turbocharged Mazdaspeed Miata to journalists in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which is a fine location for testing the car’s beach-cruising capabilities, but a little tougher spot for exercising the car to its potential as a corner-straightening sports car.

To aid in its ability to attract attention while cruising, the Mazdaspeed Miata wears cool 17-inch Racing Hart wheels wrapped with P205/40R-17 Toyo Proxes high performance radials, an air dam under the front bumper, and a spoiler on the trunk lid. The turbo car is available in two colors, Velocity Mica Red and Titanium Gray Metallic. Tinted headlight covers complete the car’s serious appearance.

So, for the cruisers, we can confirm the Mazdaspeed Miata enjoys improved top-down pose potential at the beach scene. But the real news is for sports car nuts: Mazda has bolted on all of the go-fast aftermarket upgrades that you’d ever want on your new roadster and wrapped them up with a warranty, a great price, and new car financing.

Speedy purpose

If the purpose of your aftermarket tuner parts is to customize your ride, then this probably won’t be the way to go, since all the other turbo Miatas will be pretty nearly identical. If your purpose is to get the maximum Miata for the minimum outlay, you will never be able to beat the Mazdaspeed Miata and its MSRP of $25,500. Another $700 gets you the leather seats instead of fabric and fabric top instead of vinyl.

Add the optional six-speed manual and anti-lock brakes to a Miata LS, and the price is higher than the Mazdaspeed Miata, which includes both of those items, plus the aforementioned Racing Hart wheels, which would cost plenty if bought separately.

But the Mazdaspeed Miata’s most significant addition is the IHI single-scroll ball-bearing turbocharger, which pumps up the Miata’s 1.8-liter DOHC motor to 178 horsepower from 142 horsepower. The blower breathes through a Denso air-to-air intercooler that mounts just ahead of the larger radiator. So yes, the turbo Miata is quicker than the non-turbo, helping Mazda fortify its position against the likes of the BMW Z4, Honda S2000, and new Mercedes SLK320.

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January 22, 2017
2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible MAZDASPEED

This is a fun car giving you more smiles per mile than anything else in this price range.

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This is my third Miata. I have been extremely happy with all three. They are a throwback to the Triumph TR-4 I had right after college. If you enjoy small nimble sports cars, you will love the Miata. It is not... + More »
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March 20, 2016
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Manual Club

I love it!

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My last car was a 2010 Miata PRHT which I really liked but when I saw the new one I knew I had to have it. I am not disappointed this new car is faster much better looking and just a blast to drive. Some... + More »
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January 12, 2016
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Manual Grand Touring

Went from a 2010 Porsche Boxster and couldn't be happier.

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This car weighs 640 pounds less than my Boxster and boy can you tell the difference. The Boxster is one of the best driving cars, and I tell you I enjoy my new Miata every bit as much. The feeling of driving... + More »
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August 11, 2015
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring

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I owned a 1999 Miata and loved that car. I did have an accident in it when a Caravan decided to pass a car in front of it and entered the oncoming traffic lane and hit me. I was able to drive away from that... + More »
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August 7, 2015
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring

The car is everything I had hoped it would be. Comfortable, fun roadster, with surprisingly good gas mileage.

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I have had my Launch Edition Miata for 1 week and it was worth the wait. The biggest surprise has been the gas mileage. I have the auto-trans and have been getting 40MPG at 70MPH. At 60MPH it is over 42MPG... + More »
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August 2, 2015
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Automatic Grand Touring

Awesome roadster

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I've had the MX-5 for a little over a week now putting over 600 miles on it. I've owned other sports cars, including a loaded 454 Corvette, but this car is by far the most fun to drive yet. Perfect balance... + More »
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April 20, 2015
For 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata

A fun ride

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This is a great fun in the sun California care. It handles and drives like a true sports car should. It is not great in snow or long freeway drives. Fit and finish are okay. I had to replace the seat material... + More »
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March 23, 2016
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Hard Top Manual Grand Touring

"The most fun you can have with your pants on!" C&D Magazine

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Anybody that loves to drive on curvy roads and doesn't yet own a Miata should buy one now! It is the most fun car you can own for the money without question. It really doesn't matter what year you buy, just... + More »
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September 3, 2015
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Hard Top Manual Grand Touring

Fun car could use a little more power and features

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A little slow off the line but once over 20 it's a blast. 12 second hard top would be better if I could drive at low speed and open or close. Could use some conveniences like bluetooth. More fun to drive than... + More »
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April 30, 2015
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Automatic Sport

My Miata and Me

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Good off the line for just 158 hp. Steering is outstandig. tight ride. Love the easy dropping and raising of the top. Had to buy seat belt extenders because of original seat belt latches anchored to deep into... + More »
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