2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata User Reviews

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Appearance:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

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"ride" 18 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"space" 4 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"window" 3 reviews
"small power" 2 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Review
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5

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NEW AND IMPROVE!
The 2.0L 4cylinder engine!  Very nice!  plenty of power, good on gas, great looks, a little more room, I am 6'3'' so it is hard for me to get in some of these cars.

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Not much, I hope the next generation will be a little bit bigger.  I look forward to the scion convertible, if they ever come out with it.

JHarrison123
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Mazda,"still Rock-in It!!! — I already said it all! It is an amazing car, so much fun to drive with the top down, actually enough room in it, it is definitely fast, get out of the way pass people. It is the only car I felt comfortable to pass people on the freeway

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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drthwing writes:
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Base Review
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5

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A Miata is the most fun per pound you can buy in America!

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It's a California car, that's for sure.  Don't expect it to enjoy driving in the snow

drthwing
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I'll Never Love Another Car Like My Miata — I grab every chance I get to drive the small country & mountain lanes with my top down. Even in nippy weather, if the sun's out I'll just crank up the heat and put that top down. One of the things I like best is that the ragtop is NOT automatic. I can put it up or down in a matter of 1 or 2 seconds and can do it even going along at 30 mph. I like some more expensive convertibles better than the Miata, but having to come to a dead stop, put the brake on and wait 12 seconds while the motorized crank raises or lowers the top is a deal-breaker for me.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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albcorpcars writes:
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5

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Excellent handling curves, and grabs the road like no other car i had before

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A couple of more inches on the inside will be perfect

albcorpcars
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Unforgettable Ride — What i like the most about this is what i mention all this time the capacity of this convertible to handle the road at high speeds, and how safe i feel when i drive it. Many times i drove with my wife with me and she is amaze how constable it is to drive it anywhere.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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bat2000 writes:
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4

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super fun roadster

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hard suspension and not a car for distance travel unless your under30 and fit

bat2000
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Must Have "second" Car — I like the evolution on this car, would love to get rid of the roof storage and make it a bigger interior and maybe even up the interior luxury option so the car can look like the classy roadster that it is.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Joshua writes:
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5

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Quick, very nimble, surprisingly inexpensive.

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Some girls call it "cute" instead of sexy, and sportscar insurance rates.

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A Must-have For Many Racers, A Beautiful Cruiser For Less-competitive People. — I purchased this car partially on a whim and partially to get out of a Ford with serious electrical problems. Performance-wise, the motor is extremely potent for an unmodified 4-cylinder, pushing enough power to light up both tires on a rapid launch on dry pavement. The car loves corners like soul mates, happily throwing in with a responsive wheel, and the slight oversteer is very easy to control as you apex through it. Exterior is beautiful, and turns heads when cruising through town. Interior is purely plastic, but that is unimportant the moment you drop the top. Cost-wise, the car is quite a bit more than what I'm used to- it requires 91-octane minimum, but I've had no problem averaging 30 MPG when I can keep my foot off the floor. This car is truly fun, but the family man (which I am not one, fortunately) may be unhappy about the lack of a back seat, or the somewhat-limited visibility when the top is up. This is not a family car, but if you don't have need for much cargo space or can afford a second car, this one will prove quite reliable for that lingerie-clad mistress of a car, whether you autocross, road race, or simply want something fun and sexy to run around town. (Ignore the other racers that scoff at its "cute" look, they are just jealous.)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Pat writes:
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring Review
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Pretty much everything

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Optional 2.3L upgrade like on the Mazda3

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The Mx-5 Miata Mk3 Is Just That Amazing — This car is one of those cars that makes you want to take the back roads to where you're going. She begs for curves, twists, and roads that are barely patrolled by cops. The performance for such a small car is amazing (given the car weighs just over 2,400lbs). I have the automatic which I didn't want at first but the thought of a RWD-stick-shift car in the winter wasn't too amusing to me. It has the manumatic transmission which means one awesome thing, paddle-shifters! The auto is nice though if you feel like being lazy haha. Cost wise, it's not bad. The Premium gas and synthetic oil was a little different to switch to after using regular unleaded gas and regular oil in my previous car, but if treated right, these cars will easily hit 300,000+ miles. Feed her the right stuff and she'll please you in ways that your girlfriend only wishes she could. I love the looks of the newer style Miatas. Bigger, safer, better accents, and the fog lights are all a nice touch. The trunk size isn't bad (I honestly expected smaller). Good luck fitting in some golf clubs though. Just put the passenger in the trunk and the golf clubs in the passenger seat. They most likely won't understand, but other Miata enthusiasts will haha. As far as fun factor goes, it's right next to a Porsche Boxster for me. There's nothing like dropping the top and taking her down a windy road on a nice sunny day with the music turned up a bit. I have had quite a few complements at parks, gas stations, etc and it gets eyed up quite a bit. I highly recommend getting a Miata. It's like a little go-kart for the road and will definitely put a smile on your face.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Michael writes:
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5

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Great Car, Great trow back looks, Great handling, Great gas mileage, Cheap maintenance,
Fun car to drive.

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Convertible top showed excesive wear in the first year of ownership, covered under warranty and I think ended up being a recall later.

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Great Little Modern Day Miata / Mx-5 — We traded our Jeep Cherokee for this car, and had a blast during our ownership, really didnt cost much for upkeep, how ever it was only 6 months old when we purchased it. It was the first year of the redesign for the MX-5 and they definitly did a great job. Mazda has always been on point with the MX-5 and I'm sure the following gen. cars will continue to carry on the car and driver as one, passion. I personally liked the first gen miatas better but thats just my personal preference. Overall one of the best sportscars hands down.

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djbeeze writes:
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Absolutely fun to drive and own. I never get tired of it. Very reliable. Looks great even after 7 years - the style is timeless. No regrets with this car.

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The convertible top is a little rattly when closed. Sometimes when I corner hard and brace myself on the center console, the windows go down because that's where the window controls are!

djbeeze
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Of All The Cars I've Owned, This Is My Favorite Car — This has been a great car that continues to hold its appeal. I never get tired of it. Of course, it can't do everything well (i.e. it is not great for long drives) but for my daily commute (30 minutes each way), I love it. The manual convertible top literally takes about 6 seconds to put up or take down. I like the ragtop and find it more convenient than the hard top convertible that came a year or two after I bought this car. I'm not especially fond of the gearing; I think sixth should be more for cruising and run at lower RPMs.

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VHice writes:
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Excellent sports car.  Fun to drive.

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Not a family car or space for hauling.  Strictly a sports car.

VHice
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Great For Road Trips And Just Having Fun — Sound system is great. Handling on the road is great. It gets great gas mileage and it is just a fun car to drive around. All the controls are on the steering wheel and the stick shift is smooth. Very low maintenance sports car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Great handling, no over or under steer.  Amazing zip under 90.  Top speed has been 105.  Breaking great.  body weight is low to the ground adding to handling.  Great looking car.

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You don't expect these in this car, but here goes. It is not a high-permormance engine and top speed is 105.  Space is limited but better than expected.  Trunk storage is limited, but not bad for a car this size.

tkfuchel
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I Love This Car. — This is a great car. When it is time to replace it, I'll buy another one. I've had more powerful cars and more luxury cars but none that I have enjoyed more. The biggest disappointment comes when you get where you are going. You don't want to end the trip. A sheer joy to drive.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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1989 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Get One. By Dave

Great fun because of the great balance between decent power, good handling, and adequate brakes. Didn't modify this one at all and it was the best fun of all my MX5s although it was never used on the ... Read More

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I bought the '91 Miata as replacement for my Fiat Spider. The Miata was certainly a step up in reliability, performance, and handling. Sportier than the Fiat and more fun to drive, although not as con... Read More

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1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

The Ultimate Economy Roadster! <3 By Claire

He's 25 years old and his styling has held up well. I was looking for a British car - being English myself- MG, Triumph, etc. and saw an ad for the Mazda. Decided to go and see him, drove him, fell in... Read More

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Love this car. It is better than therapy. I've even talked to my doctor writing a prescription for it so I could use it as a medical expense. Obviously, it is small. There is barely enough room fo... Read More

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1991 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Cool Go-cart By LB4667

Many have offered to buy but she is my baby. Love driving with top down. Od course she is not a speeder but cool car to drive. Want to add some houndstooth to her to make her a Roll Tide car. Read More

Most Fun For The Dollar, Ever By brigantine

A lot of people have told me these early Miatas were underpowered. A lot of people don't know how to drive a high spirited 4 cyl engine. The engine had a red line of nearly 6,000 rpm and didn't even... Read More

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1992 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

The Most Fun For The Buck You Could Ever Want. By Sly_Fox

We were active in a Miata club. Weekend get togethers and junkets to the Keys were a big part of the fun. We once had Miatas stretched the entire length of Duval street. We now own a 2008 RHT but ... Read More

Fantastic By Frank09ec

This car drives really good, breaks are good, no bumps, clean tittle, no accidents, looks well take car of, no dents, you will have a amazing view, good for tanning, great to go to the beach and chill... Read More

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1993 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

True Buget Sportscar, With Great Gas Mileage By Michael

We loved this car , it was so much fun to drive . If youve never experianced a Miata you out and test drive one with the top down and throw into a curvy road and see for yourself why everyone who owns... Read More

I Heart My Miata By Ariel

the miata has always been an iconic sports car. cheap, reliable and has some of the best handling out there. the acceleration could be better, but thats not what this cars about. the miatas styling ... Read More

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