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1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

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This Is Probably The Most Consistently Fun Car I've Ever Driven. by Dan
 — Although some minivan's could blow my doors off at a traffic light, this wasn't built for straight-line performance - it weighs in at a startling 2200lbs, has a super low CG, double wishbone suspensio... Read More
Awesome by Gabriel
 — That's a hell of a car. Although it's HP number is low, it feels quite fast because of the Close-ratio transmission. But when it comes to cornering, nothing beats it. Or almost nothing. The chassis is... Read More
Love It, Wouldn't Part With It by Desmond
 — I've loved this car since I got it so many years ago. It's a work horse, roadster and fun rolled into one. Mine has a trailer hitch installed and I've pulled trailers with it for as long as I've own... Read More

1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

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1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata went on sale in the summer of 1989 as a 1990 model. Designed in the tradition of the classic British roadsters of the 1950s and '60s, the MX-5 Miata was a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive two-seater.

In its first year, the MX-5 Miata was powered by a 116-horsepower, 1.6-liter, double-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine with multi-port electronic fuel injection. It was linked to a five-speed manual transmission, which was standard. A four-speed automatic was optional.

For its first year, the MX-5 Miata was available in Mariner Blue, Crystal White, and Classic Red. The standard convertible top for the MX-5 Miata was a manually operated soft folding top. A removable hardtop with a glass rear window was also available (for the Classic Red model only).

Other standard equipment for the 1990 MX-5 Miata included bucket seats, power brakes, a four-wheel double-wishbone suspension, retractable halogen headlights, a driver's-side airbag, a three-spoke steering wheel, and 14-inch wheels. Air conditioning, power windows, cruise control, aluminum alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler were all optional.

Right from the start, drivers and reviewers alike were impressed with the MX-5 Miata, citing its responsive handling, sporty styling, and reliability as positive points. The Miatas of the early '90s may now have high mileage, but many drivers note they are still going strong.


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