2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Top Comparisons

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand TouringReview
Wolfgang writes:
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It Is A Convertible!!! — first of all this car is the most fun to drive out of all the cars i have ever driven second its comfortable, compact, and gets reasonable gas milage. even with me driving and 50,000 miles on the car i have never had any problems with the car.

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

Pros: it is fun!!!!

Cons: two seats

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata SportReview
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My Beautiful Car — This car is a lot of fun. I love the convertible top. I have a hard time keeping it clean on the outside. I love the sound system and the leather interior. I am extremely blessed to have this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: The convertible top and sound system

Cons: The road noise

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata TouringReview
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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

Pros: Pretty much everything

Cons: Optional 2.3L upgrade like on the Mazda3

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata TouringReview
Benjamin writes:
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2006 1.8l Mx5 — The engine can be as agreable and fun than dull. At high rev, it become fun to exploit, but driven "with reason", the lack of torque make it dull to drive. And also, the fuel consumption is too high. OK, it's supposed to be a sport car, but it's also very light and not so powerful. Road handling is fun but the Yokohama tires are a piece of crap. Look is a key point. Built quality is good. Previous MX5 generation proved to be reliable. I'm expecting the same for mine. It's not so cheap to own used, but as it keeps it's value very well, I should get my money back when I'll sell it. The maintenance is not overpriced but the fuel consumption is too high. Manual soft top is a masterpiece of engineering. Up or down in just a few seconds. It is much roomier that expected.Even if it's just a two seater with a small boot. But it's not surprising when you own a roadster. It's also much more comfortable than expected. The only weak point is the noise at highway speed. Or the wind if you're top down.

Pros: Good looking, surprisingly roomy, surprisingly comfortable, can be fun to drive, weel engineered soft top.

Cons: can be dull to drive, thirsty engine, not made for long highway trips

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata SportReview
David writes:
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It's A Great Second Car. — I'm Six-Feet and 180-lbs - this car fits like a glove. For someone who hasn't attended a performance driving school, it has just enough performance to be exciting without being dangerous. Strongly recommend buying with the "sport" package (upgraded suspension and L.S.D.).

Pros: Top Down - Spring and Autumn

Cons: Top Up - Winter and Summer

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata SportReview
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The Best Model Sports Car Ever! — Best car I have ever bought. It was produced by Mazda for Breast Cancer Research, and it went around the whole of the UK raising money for the charity. £1 for every person who sat in it. Then all the money I paid for it went to the charity as well... so my beautiful car raised over £30,000! It holds the road really well, and the long bonnet makes you feel really safe. Beautiful black leather covers the whole of the inside, and it came with both soft and hard tops.. This beautiful car is PINK! the pain designed uniquely for BCR.. It is a totally one-of-a-kind car, the colour will never be sprayed onto another car, which is why i love my car and won't sell it. It is unique and will always be my absolute favourite car that I have ever owned!

Pros: just sublime to drive

Cons: none

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand TouringReview
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Fun Car — Handles great, doesn't have a lot of torque though. Next car I buy will probably be a V8. I like torque. Trunk big enough to carry a load of groceries but not much else. Golf clubs would be pushing it. Gets about 29 mpg. Noisy interior, which is to be expected from a convertible.

Pros: Light, nimble handling

Cons: small and noisy

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata SportReview
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Best Performance For Cheap! — Wind and road noise is much reduced over older models. Stock suspension and tires slightly lacking. No spare, just a silly flat-repair kit. Enough trunk space for a 2 week roadtrip if you pack carefully. You can put the top up from inside the car with one hand.

Pros: convertible top easy to use, fun to drive, 6 speed, rear-wheel drive, more power than older models

Cons: Stock suspension and tires slightly lacking.  No spare, just a silly flat-repair kit.

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2006 Mazda MX-5 MiataReview
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Amazing For What I Paid — ive had some problems most were dealer service department incompetancies....otherwise always fun throwing the top down, even on colder days its still nice just wear a jacket and crank the heat...handling is amazing ive never once lost it, and i do drive it pretty hard....ride comfort could use some work, its not the roughest or the comfiest i feel they really shouldve picked a direction on this, either harsh and raw or kinda luxurious....thats just me overall though i must say this car is like my baby...i love it

Pros: fun, inexpensive, lots of looks being only 20 and driving it

Cons: premium gas....ouch.

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2006 Mazda MX-5 MiataReview
Timme writes:
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Nice Little Fun Car — Very well balanced, totally deserving of its cult status. Do not expect supercar performance, or a comfortable ride. This is quite a raw vehicle, noisy and firm. Driving long distance interstate would be uncomfortable.

Pros: Fun, handling, balance, raw

Cons: harsh ride, noisy

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Reviews From Other Years

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 GuruKKXWB

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

Review By Jeff Riedy

I love this car! It’s beautiful, looks like it rolled off the showroom floor and it’s a dream to drive! 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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