2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata was new.

Thanks to a 2006 redesign, the MX-5 Miata offers better-than-ever performance with tight, balanced handling and zippy acceleration -- all for a very affordable price. Reviewers see its soft top and new power folding hardtop as the best in their class, though the MX-5 falls short of competitors on interior room. If you're in the market for a convertible, you should also consider the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.

9.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.0
Safety: 8.3
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Excellent handling with near-perfect 50-50 front-to-rear weight distribution
  • Inexpensive relative to competitors
  • Power retractable hardtop and soft top are easy to operate
  • Driver and passenger room cramped, especially for taller occupants
  • Little interior storage space
  • No-frills, underpowered base stereo

2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

Reviewers see the 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata as a fun-to-drive roadster for a very affordable price. Listed in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling two-seat convertible in history, the MX-5 was most recently redesigned in 2006. New for 2007 is a power retractable hardtop that raises or lowers in just 12 seconds. Kelley Blue Book calls the mechanism "a dream come true."

In fact, the MX-5 is so well-liked that it has racked up several honors, including Edmunds' "Most Wanted Convertible Under $25,000". It's also a Consumer Guide "Best Buy" and is listed by Car and Driver as a "10Best Car" for the second straight year. Consumer Reports lists the MX-5 as the most "Fun to Drive," noting it "won drivers over with its balanced handling, quick and precise steering, and crispshifting six-speed manual transmission -- all available at a reasonable price."

Though the Pontiac Solstice recently trumped the MX-5 as the most affordable roadster convertible in its class, the MX-5's new retractable hardtop model remains the least expensive of its kind. Moreover, a Road and Track comparison test drive concludes that the vehicles shouldn't be compared to begin with - as they're "utterly different in personality." Road and Track continues: "The Miata appeals to traditional roadster values. The Solstice is edgy, stylish and American."

Altogether, Edmunds sees the Miata as a "decent value for the money" and USA TODAY says it's "still the most sports car for the money." The Los Angeles Times notes of its performance, "If we're talking endorphins per dollar, maybe no car compares." Consumer Guide says, "This Best Buy delivers as much driving enjoyment -- if not outright power -- as two-seat sports cars costing thousands more."

The icing on the cake is that Miatas hold their value and come with attractively low ownership costs. Kelley Blue Book expects the MX-5 to "retain strong residual and resale values in the first three years, but then drop to average in years four and five." IntelliChoice gives the base model an "Excellent" value rating, based on total cost of ownership compared to others in its class. It also lists the MX-5 as a winner for Lowest Fuel Costs, Lowest Maintenance Costs and Lowest Operating Costs.

The MX-5 comes in several trims -- SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring -- with one universal 2.0-liter engine and three transmission choices. The two-door convertible is also available with a Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT) in either the Sport, Touring or Grand Touring trims.

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