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8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 6.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: N/A
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2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

Test drivers agreed that responsive handling, sharp steering and a precise manual gearbox make the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata incredibly fun to drive.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble handling
  • Communicative steering
  • Precise-shifting manual transmission
  • Small cabin for a sports car

2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

Test drivers wrote that the 2013 Mazda Miata's four-cylinder engine has plenty of power and a great sound. The standard manual transmission garnered praise for its short, precise throws, and some reviewers added that the available automatic has sharp shifts. The 2013 Miata earns an EPA-estimated 22/28 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with the fuel economy of other four-cylinder sports cars. Reviewers agreed that the Mazda Miata is an absolute joy to drive, with responsive and communicative steering and sporty, nimble handling. They added that for as agile as the Miata is, it also rides comfortably over imperfect roads.

While some reviewers said the 2013 Mazda Miata's cabin is built with basic materials, most agreed that everything still looks upscale. Some commented that models with the retractable hardtop are noisier inside than expected. Many reviewers wrote that the 2013 Miata's cabin feels small, and some mentioned that taller drivers may not have a lot of hip room and may find headroom too constrained when the top is closed. The Mazda Miata has 5.3 cubic feet of trunk space, and reviewers found that there is enough space for some small luggage or groceries, but little else. An auxiliary input jack is standard, while a seven-speaker Bose audio system, leather seats, automatic climate control, satellite radio and Bluetooth are available. Some critics were disappointed with the sound quality of both the base and available Bose stereo systems when the top is down.

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers agreed that the 2013 Scion FR-S is incredibly engaging to drive, with nimble handling, precise steering and strong brakes. The FR-S has a bit more trunk space than the Miata, as well as a pair of small back seats.

According to reviewers, the 2013 Mini Cooper Roadster is fun to drive, with go kart-like handling and a delightful manual gearbox. Test drivers also were pleased with the ample power and strong acceleration of the turbocharged Cooper S model.

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