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the Miata is light on cabin tech. Even in Grand Touring trim, navigation is unavailable.
The optional Suspension Package, which is sport-tuned and features Bilstein shocks and a limited-slip differential, was a bargain at $500.
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If you're looking for a Miata to use as a daily commuter and don't mind ponying up roughly $2000 extra for the PRHT version to get a little extra comfort and security, do it.
The 2013 MX-5 Miata is more of a traditional sports car in many ways--and like a classic roadster, it doesn't go all-out with modern technology, advanced interfaces, or opulence.
Standard equipment on the MX-5 remains pretty impressive, though, with power windows, locks, and mirrors; a CD player with AM/FM radio; and tilt steering. Touring models add cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, trip computer, and keyless entry all included.
New for 2013 is the Club trim. MX-5 Miata Club models get a special front air dam and rear diffuser, plus a seat-back bar garnish in glossy dark gray, while they have the six-speed manual transmission and the Suspension Package, for a sportier driving feel. Special graphics and badges are also included, as are dark gunmetal 17-inch alloys.
Grand Touring models, with their leather trim, heated seats, automatic climate control, and more, can feel a bit more luxurious. Optional extras include a six-speed automatic transmission, satellite radio, and a sport suspension--plus a Bose audio system that changes its settings for better sound, depending on whether the top is up or down.
We do think it's a little odd that Bluetooth hands-free connectivity is very difficult to get in the Miata; it's only offered with the Premium Package, optional on the Grand Touring, and packaged with xenon headlamps, advanced keyless entry, and Sirius Satellite Radio.
The MX-5's feature list is ample--though not quite luxurious--and Bluetooth connectivity isn't widely offered.