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2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a fun-to-drive sports car with some of the best performance in the class. However, its cramped seats and below-average cargo capacity hinder it from moving any higher than the middle of our rankings.   

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Responsive steering
  • Narrow seats
  • Cramped trunk space

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Sports Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2014 Best Sports Car for the Money award. Currently the Mazda MX-5 Miata has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 82 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

Is the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata a Good Used Car?

The 2014 MX-5 Miata is a good choice in the affordable sports car class. Its handling is agile and its steering is precise, which will make winding roads more enjoyable to drive. Where this Mazda falters is in its interior; many competitors have more trunk space and roomier seats.

Used 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Performance and Interior

The 2014 MX-5 Miata has a 167-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Some models come with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission drops engine power down to 158 horsepower. Some rivals like the Ford Mustang are more powerful than the MX-5 Miata, but thanks to a lightweight body and responsive transmissions, the Mazda has very quick acceleration. This roadster also has communicative steering, and it effortlessly carves curvy roads. It has a faint amount of body roll, but that is a small price to pay for hair-raising performance. The MX-5 Miata delivers 21-22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. Rear-wheel drive is standard.

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Despite its excessive amount of plastic, the Miata’s interior is nicely laid out. Its audio and climate controls are also easy to use. Nonetheless, there is much less cargo space in the MX-5 Miata than in the Dodge Challenger, and occupants might have a hard time finding a comfortable seating position due to the Mazda’s narrow seats. The base trim comes with a convertible soft top, while other trims come with a power-retractable hardtop.

All models come standard with cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a vinyl convertible soft top. Some models come with leather seats, heated seats, automatic climate control, a premium Bose audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a sport-tuned suspension.

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Used 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Prices

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata ranges from about $15,870 for the base model to roughly $20,680 for the hardtop convertible Grand Touring trim with an automatic engine.

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We Did the Research for You: 82 Reviews Analyzed

We evaluated 82 Miata reviews – as well as reliability ratings, costs of ownership, and more – to help you make a buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2014 MX-5 Miata has an average reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the MX-5 Miata?

The MX-5 Miata did not undergo any crash tests. It also does not offer any active safety features, like a rearview camera or rear park assist. Some rivals, like the Chevrolet Camaro, come with these two features in select models.

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Should I Consider Another Used MX-5 Miata?

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a part of a generation that started in 2006 and includes the 2015 model year. No major changes were made for the 2014 model year, so you may want to opt for a very similar 2013 model to save some money. The 2013 MX-5 Miata received exterior styling updates and had its trims shifted, so earlier model years will differ. The 25th Anniversary Edition trim was available in 2015, and cloth replaced vinyl in soft-top convertible models.

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Which Used Mazda MX-5 Miata Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Miata MX-5 comes in three trims: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. The Club trim is your best bet. It adds basic features the Sport trim does not have, such as power door locks, remote keyless entry, and cruise control.

Despite the MX-5 Miata’s average reliability rating, you may still want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For each certified pre-owned vehicle, Mazda extends the original limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited vehicle warranty. To qualify as CPO, each vehicle must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mazda warranty page carefully.

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2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata or 2014 Subaru BRZ?

Like the MX-5 Miata, the 2014 Subaru BRZ does not have the most powerful engine, but it can still deliver thrills. It carves corners down twisty roads, but it is also a capable daily driver. The Subaru has a slightly lower reliability rating and higher ownership costs than the Miata, but its interior makes up for these disadvantages. The cabin is nothing to write home about in terms of looks, but it provides many more standard features than the Mazda. There is also a tad bit more hip and shoulder room, making the seats feel more comfortable. The BRZ seats four as opposed to the Mazda’s two, but its second-row seats can only comfortably fit children. In the end, these affordable sports cars are really close in our rankings. If you need the extra seating, go for the BRZ. Otherwise, the Miata will do just fine – and save you some cash.

Which Is Better: 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata or 2014 Scion FR-S?

The 2014 Scion FR-S performs just as well as the Mazda, and it also has a nicer cabin. The Scion comes with more standard features and has a slightly bigger cargo space. Typical amenities that are not standard in the MX-5 Miata, like power doors locks and keyless entry, are present in the FR-S. The FR-S’ seats are more comfortable thanks to their extended hip and shoulder room. Despite the FR-S’ slightly lower reliability rating, it is the better car.

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