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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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Tuesday, 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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Monday, April 13, 2015
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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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Sunday, 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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