Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata information:
Mazda MX-5 Miata
After being America’s favorite sports car for 8 model years, the third generation MX-5 of Miata has proved that it is still brilliant and fun car. In 2014, Mazda MX-5 Miata continues to remain simple, affordable, and fun-to-drive but has some new exterior color options added. Even in its eight year of third generation of Mazda it has yet maintained its levels of luxury , its purity as a sports car in base form and Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT)/Grand Touring Form.
Models and Features
Mazda launched its first generation in 1989 which sold around 4,00,000 units until 1997 with a 1.6L straight-4 engine which was later upgraded to 1.8L in 1993. After 1997 the second generation was launched in 1999 with few features and design changes like increase in engine power, fixed headlights and glass rear window. The current Mazda is a part of third generation sport car which was named Mazda Miata and launched in 2006 with 2.0 L(120 cu in) engine.
Remarkable changes that came up in Mazda MX-5 include the design of the wheel wells which are bulging in the third generation models. The interior and exterior of these models were designed by Moray Callum. Another major design change in the third generation was the shift of the four wheel double setup. Technological advances include addition of traction control and stability control for amateur drivers to balance even at a whooping speed.
Options and Packages
The elegant and sportive Mazda MX-5 2014 comes in two major types mainly the folding soft-top roadster and second is the PRHT hard-top convertible model. The main advantage of the PRHT version is the addition of PRHT layer behind the passenger compartment which adds to the sophistication and security to the car. Also it improves the all-weather comfort and gives the car a sleek and coupe like look with the top area raised. The Mazda MX-5 (both versions) weighs less than 2,600 pounds giving it the sporty look and speed.
There is enough space for everyone in the new Mazda MX-5 2014 with enough head and leg room and small and low exterior dimensions. Other specifications of the car which was launched as the 25th anniversary model includes the 2.0 L engine, 17-inch great quality wheels with an exhaust rim. Color options includes the launch of an exclusive color combination i.e. Soul red metallic and feature brilliant black A-pillars, roof panels and mirror covers. What more, each car is accompanied with a selected numbers of cars coming with special bading. Apart from these external changes the light stone heated leather seats are notable and feature embossed logos of 25th anniversary in the headrests. This logo is also available on the scuff plates on the door sills.
The 2014 model of Mazda MX-5 Miata comes with a multiport- electronic fuel injection fuel system. It works efficiently on unleaded fuel only. Its 167 horsepower four-cylinder engine gives it the power to go from 0 to 60 speeds in less than 6 seconds. As far as mileage is concerned, the car offers 21 MPG in the city and an amazing 28 MPG on highways.
The Miata 2014 has stylish exteriors; however it lacks the curvaceous lines of the second-gen NB Miata. The color options available in the recent release are attractive and make it a cool choice. The club edition has a black hardtop and a similar stripe on the side , a front air dam and rear diffuser. Apart from this the 17-inch-smoked-out-wheels and a small badge on the car adds to the beauty of the Mazda MX-5Miata 2014.
However there are certain features that seem to be from the Stone Age times. In the era of cell phone integrations and iDrive controls, the Miata still uses age old , hard plastic body, MP3 and WMA compatible radio which burns CD (which no one uses nowadays) , air conditioning gauges and buttons to control the top area. Although the interior is age old type, it still adds to it simplicity and effectiveness. Another striking feature is the perfectly sized steering with little raised grooves which provides a perfect 9-3 action.
Although the car is not tech savvy and modern, it does what it is meant for. It is a perfect car for comfort , speed and awesome driving experience. However the seats are little uncomfortable i.e. narrow and hard which reduces the pleasure of driving a Miata.
As far as safety is concerned, Miata takes care of it in the best possible manner. The brakes are pretty solid and are located at 11 inches in front and rear. Being a light weight car , it does not take much time to reduce its whooping speed and come to a stop. The pedal near the brakes is comfortable to feel. Miata 2014 comes with safe driving guaranteed with amazing driving quality comparable to Fiat 500 Abarth with its soft suspension. Miata gives great handling power even on twisted hairpin roads and turns due to the hydraulic steering system.
The gearbox is awesome with tight and crisp shifts that are extremely short and the gears are easy to locate. It houses a typical Mazda clutch which few may not like and has an ill-defined catch point , also the speed box has unusually short gearing that will put you in sixth gear at 40 mph to cruise comfortably.
Overall the car scored a 6/10 with simple and elegant looks, effective style. However for the tech savvy it might seem little low. As far as comfort and speed is concerned you can always look ahead to a Mazda MX-5 Miata 2014. Safety is another plus point of this 25+ years old car series. It is a apt car for even novice drivers and can suit amazingly the experts too. However newer versions are ahead for launch and those who are looking to buy a Miata can wait till the 2015 version is launched with added style and color options.
Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata Images:
|Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata black|
|Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata engine|
|Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata interior|
|Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata red|
|Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata wheels|
|Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata white|
Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata modifications:
|All Mazda MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata years|
|modification||price||cylinder||wheels||doors||width x length x height||clearance|
2dr Roadster (1.8 4cyl Turbo 6M) (2004 - 2005)
|25,780$||4||rear wheel drive||2||66.1 x 155.7 x 48.0||4.0|
Grand Touring 2dr Roadster (1.8 4cyl Turbo 6M) (2005)
|26,580$||4||rear wheel drive||2||66.1 x 155.7 x 48.0||4.0|