2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

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Grand Touring
Avg. Price: $14,789
Grand Touring Hardtop Convertible
Avg. Price: $15,111
Special Edition
Avg. Price: $15,004
Avg. Price: $13,886
Sport Hardtop Convertible
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Avg. Price: $14,270
Touring Hardtop Convertible
Avg. Price: $14,979

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Average User Score

55 stars

Based on 7 reviews

The Adult Version Of A Go-cart! by Christopher
 — After reading Consumer Reports, I made the choice of going with their recommended choice for roadster in this price range. Mazda built this car with driver comfort and performance in mind. From th... Read More
Mx-5 Reveiw by Freeman
 — this is a great car i love it the performance is ok could have more power, the build quality is pretty good the car is beautiful very fun to drive the cost of ownership is well it can be expensive mi... Read More
Amazing by Vivek
 — The most awsome sports car, the car of my dreams! She handles like a dream, stops on a dime, makes me a better driver, and the looks i get damn, never a dull moment, have a smile everytime we go o... Read More

2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The third-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata returns without any major changes for 2008. Although the Miata's overall presentation has remained the same since its 2005 redesign, Mazda added numerous performance enhancements, including traction control, a multilink suspension, a six-speed automatic transmission, and stability control. Mazda will also offer a Special Edition Miata, which includes a premium features package and a special Icy Blue exterior finish.

The new MX-5 has earned very positive reviews for its performance. The roadster offers the ideal blend of responsive steering, sharp handling, and overall driving refinement. The Miata, now nearing its twenty-year aniversary, has built a strong reputation for combining roadster excitement with Japanese reliability. In addition to build quality, the Miata is also considerably more affordable than most European offerings in this segment.

The Miata's acceleration is reasonable, but the 7.5-second 0-60-mph time is often cited as a driver complaint. The cramped interior is another common issue for owners.

Mazda again offers four Miata variants for 2008. The base SV offers a basic standard features package, while the second-tier Sport adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The two upper trim levels, Touring and Grand Touring, add some upscale amenities: cruise control, keyless entry, and a CD changer on the Touring, and the Grand Touring adds leather upholstery, heated seats, and a Bose audio system. The Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trims are all available with a powered retractable hardtop, which adds about 70 pounds of curb weight.

All four Miata trims house a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 166 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. The SV and Sport models use a five-speed manual transmission, while the Touring and Grand Touring upgrade to a six-speed unit. A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is optional on all trims except the SV, but opting for the automatic drops horsepower by 5. Fuel economy varies slightly with the transmission, but all Miata drivers can anticipate mixed-driving mileage averages in the mid-20s.


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