2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Top Comparisons

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata BaseReview
drthwing writes:
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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

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

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

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand TouringReview
Michael writes:
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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.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

Cons: 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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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata SportReview
nancym writes:
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Great —

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

Pros: Hugs the road , fun to drive !  convertable.. great sound system..Bose..good on gas, good air con , power windows , alarm ,

Cons: small,  only 2 seats , small trunk.. but fun!

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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Review
Isaac says:
An absolute blast to own and drive. I had no idea how much fun these cars were until I bought one. If you watch Top Gear, there is a reason Richard Hammond loves these cars so much!
vs2006 Honda Civic DX
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport winning categories:
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Handling Ranked 2006 Honda Civic DX worse.
"Well, try going around a sharp corner at 45 to 55 miles an hour and see which one actually makes it around the corner. "
Back Seats Ranked 2006 Honda Civic DX better.
"The back seats in the Honda Civic are better than the back seats in the Mazda MX-5 because...the Civic actually has back seats, and the MX-5 does not. "
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring Review
J. S. says:
vs2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring
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Handling Ranked 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring worse.
"You feel it in the steering wheel and the seat of your pants. Simply point it and go."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring worse.
"Not applicable. Stupid question"
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport Review
Henry says:
vs2006 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast Roadster
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Handling Ranked 2006 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast Roadster worse.
"Because the MX5 is very light and small and has a 50-50 ratio"
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2006 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast Roadster better.
"The 350Z has more room in it than the MX5 "
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Review
J. S. says:
vs2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder
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vs2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring
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Handling Ranked 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring worse.
"You feel it in the steering wheel and the seat of your pants. Simply point it and go."
Looks/Style Ranked 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder worse.
"I used to own a 2003 MR2 Spyder. The Mazda is simply a better roadster."
Cargo Capacity Ranked 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring worse.
"Not applicable. Stupid question"
Family Car Ranked 2005 Toyota MR2 Spyder worse.
"More trunk room"
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 3rd Generation Limited Review
Love it love it love it
vs2008 Saturn Sky Red Line
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata 3rd Generation Limited winning categories:
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Power Ranked 2008 Saturn Sky Red Line worse.
"Feels good"
Family Car Ranked 2008 Saturn Sky Red Line worse.
"The miata and the Saturn are not family cars , only 2 seats"
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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

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2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By William

Mine is the 2019 RF Club with leather seats as well as the BBS wheels/Brembo brakes package. Club also includes Limited Slip Differential & upgraded suspension so the handling is amazing. Steering is ... Read More

Review By RRNoles

A drivers car as I have heard many times. First rate technology and just a joy to drive. I love my music but I dont listen as Im having so much fun just enjoying the driving experience. Read More

2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

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

Review By pasodave

This is a very fun car that rewards drivers with a great road experience. Quick, nimble and fuel frugal, Read More

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Reviews

Review By Phil

Great features, good value, its a stand alone model. The fiat has same body, but long term value significantly less Read More

Review By Mike

just a good value, good quality toy and fun to drive. Read More

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