2014 Mazda MX-5 Review

March 12, 2014
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Want to drive a hot but affordable sports car that drives and handles well? Consider getting a Miata. It is a great car to start with if you’re learning to drive in a rear-wheel-drive configuration. It is comfortable both on the track and the road. Here’s more about the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

UNDER THE HOOD

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata gets its power from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 167 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the Miata Sport. The Club and Grand Touring models get a six-speed manual. All models, though, can be equipped with a six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. It, however, reduces the engine’s power to 158 horsepower.

The 2014 Miata gets the following EPA fuel economy ratings:

City

Highway

Combined

2.0L 5-spd manual

22 mpg

28 mpg

25 mpg

2.0L 6-spd manual

21 mpg

28 mpg

24 mpg

2.0L 6-spd automatic

21 mpg

28 mpg

23 mpg

ON THE ROAD

The Miata may not be as fast as many of its rivals but it is certainly quick, thanks to its communicative steering and light weight. It is also the most fun to drive. Its nimble handling is very enjoyable. There’s no need to mention that the brakes are strong. In fact, some reviewers consider it as one of the best-handling cars in the market. Test drivers said that the six-speed manual is one of the best transmissions out there as they noted its precise feel and short throws. The 2014 Miata is a comfortable rear-wheel-drive sports car for both performance and daily driving, with the top up or down.

INSIDE THE 2014 MIATA

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The Miata’s cabin is not very roomy, especially for taller drivers who might find the legroom a problem, but the seats are comfortable. There is nothing special in the interior design but the gauges and the controls are laid out neatly. The overall look is appropriate for the Miata’s image and performance.

The manual top is easy to use and just takes less than a minute to lower. The power hardtop provides more security and improves noise isolation. It just takes a little longer to take down and up. But reviewers recommend it if you will be using the Miata for your daily trips.

One downside of this Mazda sports car is its little trunk space. It measures 5.3 cubic feet only which hardly holds your luggage or golf bags. Some reviewers also noted the disappointing audio system performance when the top is down. Common and useful features like iPod interface, Bluetooth and USB are also lacking in the 2014 Miata.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is available in three trim levels namely, Sport, Club and Grand Touring.

The Miata Sport comes with fog lights, vinyl soft top, 16-inch alloy wheels, 6-way driver and 4-way passenger cloth seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with auxiliary jack and satellite radio.

The Club model gets black headlight bezel, black front air dam and rear diffuser, Club badges, cloth soft top, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry, black cloth seats with red stitching, leather-wrapped shift knob, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, trip computer, and keyless remote.

The top-of-the-line Miata Grand Touring has chrome headlight bezel, 17-inch silver alloy wheels, automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated leather seats, leather-wrapped brake handle, and 7-speaker Bose audio system.

Optional on the 2014 Miata, depending on the trim level, are the following:

  • all-weather floor mats
  • rear spoiler
  • PREMIUM PACKAGE: anti-theft alarm, xenon headlights, satellite radio, Mazda advanced keyless entry and start, and Bluetooth
  • SUSPENSION PACKAGE: limited slip-differential, sport suspension and Bilstein shock absorbers

Photo credit: mazdausa.com

Summary
Reviewer
Matt
Review Date
Reviewed Item
2014 Mazda MX-5
Author Rating
4

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