Miata marks 25 years of fun spirited driving San Jose Mercury News

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Miata marks 25 years of spirited driving

Updated: 07:18:30 AM PDT

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Twenty-five years its debut as a lightweight, fun-to-drive, roadster, the Mazda MX-5 still travels a road all its

With a starting retail of less than $25,000, the drive Miata is arguably the affordable two-seat sportster in the .

the diminutive and decidedly not sporty, 2014 Smart fortwo Cabriolet, with a starting price of $18,680, has a lower price for a two-seater.

With a few electronic amenities offered, the stays true to its heritage a car to and to enjoy driving, not a car to inhabit talking on the cell phone and programmed directions from an navigation system.

In fact, today’s Miata offer a factory navigation or a large, colorful display for the dashboard. Some versions of don’t have Bluetooth phone connectivity, either. And about finding a heated wheel or seats with adjustments.

The 167-horsepower Miata is, all about driving pleasure and how a car happily hugs the pavement, how it scoots forward and how it can make a feel at one with the vehicle.

No the Miata has long been after by weekend racers who the lightweight two-seater to be an impressive competitor.


Perhaps best of the 2014 Miata is a recommended buy of Reports, where predicted is average.

Starting manufacturer’s retail price, including charge, of $24,515 is for a base, Miata with 2-liter, aspirated, four-cylinder engine and manual transmission.

The lowest starting retail for a 2014 Miata with automatic is $26,775.

Standard on base Miatas includes a operated vinyl soft top comes in black only, adjustable cloth-covered seats, air conditioning, manual door mesh wind blocker and tires.

Buyers getting an Miata add automatically controlled air power door locks, wheel-mounted audio and cruise buttons, 17-inch tires, remote entry and even the of power-operated hardtop roof, other things.

In comparison, the drive, 2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i has a starting retail price of with turbocharged, 240-horsepower cylinder and six-speed manual. equipment includes keyless power adjustable seats, retractable hardtop roof, climate control, Bluetooth, SensaTec upholstery that like a rich vinyl, tires and three suspension among other things. A system is an option in the Z4.

Meantime, the rear-wheel drive, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has a starting MSRP, including charge of $53,995 with V-8 and seven-speed manual. The base includes removable carbon roof panel, dual-zone, climate control, keyless power door locks, camera and 18-inch tires, other things.

Over the there were other competitors to the Miata, including the MR2, Honda S2000 and Solstice. But they didn’t

And truthfully, Miata sales in which peaked at nearly in 1990, have steadily and totaled just 5,780 in 2013.

With styling of the beloved British and Italian of the 1950s and ’60s, the Miata relatively long hood and rear deck holding a 5.3-cubic-foot trunk is instantly

Today’s Miata, at 13.1 from bumper to bumper, is a tad than the original that less than 13 feet in But weight is tightly controlled at 2,610 pounds for a base

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Widthwise, the Miata interior can feel a bit snug for larger-sized As an example, a couple of heavyset inside can feel cozy and hemmed in.

But the Miata’s 43.1 of legroom are more than expected, while headroom of inches is akin to what’s in the back seat of a 2014 Civic sedan.

Headroom be too much of a worry, though, the appeal of the Miata is driving the top down.

The test 2014 an uplevel Club model power-operated hard top, somewhat Spartan inside as had to be adjusted by hand and the dashboard barebones compared with cars with oodles of and large display screens.

But pleasing engines sounds and the eager, sprightly personality proved to be a tonic to a driving

The Miata’s small diameter wheel felt just Steering response was quick. The had short, crisp throws and the driver was all into the driving and the sensations of road, open air and

The reverie came to a screeching however, when taller, vehicles which basically everything from Cadillac to Toyota Corollas got in front. the driver stared at tailpipes and bumpers.

Another noticeable The Miata’s ride is loud road noise and the high of the double overhead cam four Peak torque of 140 foot-pounds at 5,000 rpm.

With motions closely controlled, the ride of the Miata over pavement and manhole covers may wear on some.

Many consumers are shocked to the 2014 Miata’s fuel is lackluster for a car that carries two people.

In fact, the U.S. fuel mileage ratings for a Miata are just 21 to 22 miles per in city travel and 28 mpg on the highway. numbers are less than the for the 2014 Mazda2 and Mazda3, have seats for five.

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