2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Safety

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The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata hasn't been crash-tested by either of the major agencies, which leaves a gaping hole for those concerned about occupant protection.

Feature-wise, the Miata has just enough to satisfy most shoppers, but it lacks some items, depending on the trim level. Anti-lock brakes, along with seat-mounted side airbags, are on the standard-equipment list.

But electronic stability control—now thought of as an essential safety feature, especially on cars that might be driven in a spirited fashion or ones that aren't as secure on slippery roads—still isn't standard on all models. Make sure you do get an MX-5 with it.

The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the few performance cars missing electronic stability control on some trims; there’s no up-to-date crash-test data either.

On a positive note, the MX-5's excellent poise and balanced handling, combined with its quick steering, do make it especially responsive in accident-avoidance maneuvers.

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