2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

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2006 Mazda Miata

2006 Mazda Miata

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Redesigned for 2006, this small and tight-handling two-seater remains the modern-day embodiment of the European roadsters that were popularized in the 1950s and '60s. The third generation MX-5 Miata evolves only slightly in terms of its overall appearance, though more significant changes can be found under the sheetmetal, as the new version rides on a revised chassis. A new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine utilizes variable-intake valve timing, electronically controlled fuel injection, and coil-on-plug ignition to generate a pleasing 170 horsepower, which is 28 more than last year's 1.8-liter version. As before, a five-speed manual comes standard, with a six-speed automatic also available. A new short-throw, six-speed manual is also offered that includes triple-cone synchronizers for reduced shift effort with low-friction bushings and a lever guide for quicker and more precise shifts. The car's already stellar handling abilities are enhanced by a longer wheelbase and wider track, with a double-wishbone suspension up front and a multi-link array at the rear. As before, the convertible top is manually operated. Standard equipment includes side airbags, CD stereo, and power windows. Options are once again minimal and include anti-lock brakes and a removable hard top for four-season utility. A special Limited edition offers an exclusive color - Velocity Red Mica - and includes unique trim items, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a Bose audio system.

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May 12, 2015
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2-Door Convertible Sport Manual

A virtual extension of you when you drive

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I really consider the MX-5 to be Mazda's flagship. The whole "Zoom Zoom" mantra is really based around the Miata and it's ability to provide an incredible amount of driving pleasure. If you believe you are... + More »
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April 13, 2015
For 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata

It's a great roadster - noisy, peppy, fun to drive and impractical.

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It's been a great car - and I've kept it longer than planned. It's the MGA of the 21st century. (I had an A in the 60's.)
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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

Old Man's Review

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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
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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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