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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand TouringReview
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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.)

Pros: super fun roadster

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

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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

Pros: Quick, very nimble, surprisingly inexpensive.

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

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand TouringReview
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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.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: 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.

Cons: 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!

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata TouringReview
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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.)

Pros: Excellent sports car.  Fun to drive.

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

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club SpecReview
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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.)

Pros: 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.

Cons: 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.

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
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Super Value — This car is a California Highway 1 driver - outstanding! With the 5-speed manual trans I get 34 mpg on the highway. It has respectable power for accelerating and passing and great stopping power. It is a very fun car to drive.

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

Pros: Outstanding handling and reliability.

Cons: Little cargo space

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata SportReview
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The One Car That Delivers Most Fun With Least Cost Of Ownership —

Most fun one can have in a car with least cost of ownership… I'm not a motoring journalist but I think I can be a good one. I'd love that job of endlessly driving all new cars but it also comes with having to type endlessly as well. Because I'm not good at typing up a review in 2 minutes, it'll come when I have some (lot) more time. After a very long time... Finally, after a few months, and after being motivated by a dear friend (who said I was very talented in this area and that I was wasting it by not trying), I've managed to allot some time and energy to this rather boring task of typing up a review about my superb little car - 2006 Mazda MX-5 Sport. So, if you've reached thus far, that means you don't have anything better to do and I will try to make sure that your time here has been worthwhile (or so you'll think). A word of caution: I may use a lot of clichés. Performance: Although it may only have a 170 horsepower (don't write in to complain; 166 bhp for 2006 automatic transmission and all models since 2007) 2.0 Liter In-line 4-cylinder engine, if you manage to change gears quickly on the super slick 6-speed close ratio gearbox, you will leave most other road users behind at a signal. Partly, this is because of a total lack of weight, (lighter cars accelerate quicker; only lighter cars available in US are Lotus Elise and Exige) and partly because of Variable Valve Timing. The job of VVT is to alter the timing of intake and exhaust valves at about 3,800 rpm, beyond which, you will feel an invisible push like you've been caught in a sea-wave, unless you're used to driving cars that cost more than twice as much as this one does. Did you know that the Mazda Miata/MX-5 is the most popular car in the weekend racing scene anywhere in the world? And it is the bestselling 2 seater convertible sports car in the world, in the history of automobile!! Brakes are phenomenal this side of carbon ceramics. They are steel disks on all four corners and have excellent feel, while not biting too quickly. This means, they are comfortable during normal everyday use as well as being more than sufficient (coupled with ABS) when it really matters. And because this car is so light weight, the momentum is not carried much far when you brake. Handling is epic as well. There are three factors working in conjunction here. One: The optional sport package (Bilstein shocks, Sport tuned suspension and Limited Slip Differential) is definitely worth if you want to race. Two: Near- perfect weight distribution (advantages of rear wheel drive) means near- perfect balance while cornering. Three: Again, lesser the weight, lesser the centrifugal force that pulls the car out of its track while turning. Even during normal driving, you can feel the laser sharp steering without a trace of under or over-steer. You can, if you want, break the rear tires free and manage a glorious power- slide, by applying too much power or by lifting off, and feeding in some opposite lock. When I power-slid this car for the first time in my life, this car did not make me feel like I'm ham-fisted (either that or I mastered power-sliding just by looking at youtube videos of others doing it). It flattered me, made me look like a hero (girls don't admit it but I think they secretly admire men who can power-slide). Build Quality: I've had this car for a few years now and the only repair it ever needed was one of the spark-plugs had a loose connection. But because of the hard suspension, the car rattles over bumps. Although these little sounds makes you think that something is falling apart, everything continues to work like a charm and nothing is broken. Even so, these rattles are definitely unnerving and concern-causing, making you keep your fingers crossed, wishing for that legendary Japanese reliability to be a reality and more than just a legend. Appearance: Should I comment on something as subjective as looks? I guess I can give my opinion of it with the obvious risk of looking like a queer (I assure you that I'm completely straight). For most people, the 1st and 2nd generation Miatas looked cute and hence feminine and in turn connected all the males driving it, to gay community. To me, there is nothing wrong with cars that look cute. I liked the looks of those very much. This 3rd generation styling is a trial to dissociate those views. I think it worked and I still like it a lot. To make the car look masculine, the Japs have gone to the Germans for styling the front end. Enough said!!! Cost of Ownership: It's simple physics actually - less weight means not much power required to make it move; therefore less gas consumed. It’s not very expensive to maintain either. You will not regret it for any reason if you bought this car. Fun Factor: As I said, it is the most fun once can have in a car with the least cost of ownership. Yes - you can have more fun in Porsche, Ferrari or Lamborghini - but think of what your expenditure is going to be. So I'll save my change, if you please, for a Porsche later in life. Damn! I wish either of two things to happen - 1. Mazda, if you're reading this, please make a non-convertible, hardtop, coupe version of MX-5 and lose that grinning face of post-2008 models. 2. Or somehow I find many millions...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: I like the engine beyond 3,500 rpm, I love the 6-speed gearbox, the steering, the fact that it's RWD and so responsive to every driver input.

Cons: I wish it was a non-convertible hardtop coupe, I wish it had no AC, no stereo, no speakers, no radio, no CD player, no air bags, no no electric window on driver's side... all this to lose even more weight and become even more light-weight than it already is!!

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata TouringReview
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Perma-smile — This car is fun to drive! Performance is outstanding with a few mods here and there. Quality for the price is hands down no comparison. Styling with mods and tweeks here and there is a head turner. ZOOM-ZOOM my fellow Mx-5 owners

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: FUN

Cons: needs bigger engine a 2.3 liter tubro or 3.0 liter super charger

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand TouringReview
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Zoom Zoom Is Not Just A State Of Mind But A Way Of Life. Get You Some. — Kick ass sports car driving experience without the price tag. This is my second miata and have not been disappointed by either car. joined some miata clubs met a punch of great people who also love driving miatas. Even got my dad to get one.

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

Pros: the thrill of top down sport car driving.

Cons: Top down when its snowing out.

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All The Reviews Are True. It's That Good. — The best pure sports car you can buy, and a smokin' good deal, too. I bought mine slightly used and I've enjoyed it since. Nothing beats a top-down drive on a warm day, especially when the car is so fun to drive.

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

Pros: It's the most fun on wheels you can buy for under $20k

Cons: You need space to haul things.

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2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By Guru9RS993

Great car to drive! Quite fun! I was surprised the head lights do not come on automatically. I love this car!!! Beautifully designed! Read More

Review By Terry

Its the perfect everyday car, and the driving characteristics are phenomenal. Buy this car Read More

2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By Rich33579

Love it so far! Happy with the car and glad I bought it. Read More

Review By dn325ci

Theres no higher FPD (fun per dollar) in the entire industry. If you need a secondary fun car that brings endless smiles, with the sweetest manual transmission for those who know, and surprising comf... Read More

2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By Guru986L29

Beautiful to look at and exciting to drive! Plus Im getting even better has mileage than I expected, averaging 35 mpg/ City, 42/hwy. Such a great deal. Read More

Review By Guru9KD9LX

didnt like color and not manual transmission Same model just differs items on the car. Read More

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By Joel

Little tight for a 6 guy. It just got a power jump but still not enough for me to buy. 2.2L with about 200+ HP and I will be a buyer. Drove fantastic very predictable and nimble A+ on steering as wel... Read More

Review By GuruKKXWB

Perfect 30th anniversary miata is my dream car! Excited to trade in my miata polymetal gray with brembo bbs recaro seats Read More

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By Guru91MS8Z

Incredibly fun to drive. If youre over 6 foot tall it might be a bit cramped. Doesnt have a ton of power but it has enough get-up and go to be enjoyable. 33 mpg so its competitive with other combus... Read More

Review By Guru9B7W3Y

Fun car to drive. Good mpg, it isnt an every day driver and it does need premium fuel. The trunk is small but it would carry a few duffle bags for a long trip. The manual tranny is tight, fast shiftin... Read More

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