- Light, sports car with near 50/50 weight distribution
- Rear-wheel drive; 158-hp four-cylinder engine
- Both soft- and hard-tops are available
Long the standard for lightweight, fun motoring, the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata continues to offer one of the best fun-to-money ratios on the road today.
The words Miata and “driver’s car” have long been synonymous. It is really a blast to drive, with its simple formula of lightness, rear-wheel drive, and some of the best steering of any car at any price. Last year, the Miata got a few styling updates the included an updated front end and standard fog lights.
The Miata name has long been associated with the words “driver’s car” over its 20+ year run in the United States. Not a lot has changed from its formula of lightness, cheapness, and rear-wheel drive, something that we definitely appreciate. For 2013, the front end has been restyled and fog lights are standard on all trims now. The Club model was also added, replacing the Touring trim, and offers a front diffuser and 17-inch dark finish alloy wheels, as well as a new suspension package for manual equipped models. The two-seat Miata is only offered as a convertible. A manual operation soft-top is standard, but for those who want a more substantial covering a power hardtop is also offered.
Under the hood, the MX-5 Miata has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that outputs 158-horsepower when mated to the optional six-speed automatic and 167-horsepower if the five- or six-speed manual is selected. It’s not world-beating power, but in a car this light it’s plenty. Fuel economy checks in at 21-22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Inside, there’s no way around it – the 2014 Miata is a small car. There’s not a lot of room in there, but with the top down interior volume expands to… infinite. The expected amenities of a modern car are all there; air conditioning and a leather wrapped steering wheel are standard, while accoutrements like leather/heated seats, steering wheel controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and automatic climate control are optional.
Safety features include side-impact and front airbags, antilock disc brakes at all four corners, and an electronic stability system with traction control.