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just push the button, count twelve Mississippis and do some donuts
Bose has created an optional sound system that adjusts equalization”
Kelley Blue Book
Although Bluetooth and a navigation system aren’t offered, the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata has the features a roadster needs to entertain its drivers.
The Power Retractable Hard Top model was released in 2007. This version of the MX-5 weighs just 80 pounds more than the standard soft-top roadster, and the top takes just 12 seconds to fold away, so the effect on performance is minimal. Jalopnik gives this advice: "just push the button, count twelve Mississippis and do some donuts."
Standard features include power windows, power mirrors, a CD player, and tilt steering. Optional features include the six-speed automatic, power locks, Sirius Satellite Radio, steering-wheel audio controls, and a sport suspension.
The soft-top model includes a vinyl version on base cars and a fabric one on mid-scale models. The soft-top is easy to use; just flick the header latches and flip it over the shoulder into a shallow holding area. You'll still have enough luggage room for a short weekend trip. As Kelley Blue Book points out, "the top, for example, can be operated from inside the car with just one arm and, when retracted, collapses into a small well behind the seats.”
Kelley Blue Book notes that the optional Bose audio system available on the MX-5 has many adjustments. "Bose has created an optional sound system that adjusts equalization"—it changes according to whether the top is up or down, allowing the driver and passenger to hear the best-quality sound in either environment.
The 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata provides buyers with many available features, but newer tech options aren’t on the list.