Drivers who live their lives one quarter-mile at a time -- and folks who aren't into cars at all -- often have a tough time appreciating Mazda's venerable Miata roadster. In other circles, this affordable, reliable, unassuming little drop-top is regarded as one of the great driver's cars of all time.
You'll Like The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata If...
If you grew up attracted to classic British roadsters from Triumph and MG, or you just love the feeling of a small, well-connected roadster that was born for curving back roads, you're a candidate for the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible. Open-air fans will find lots to like, especially the Miata's sub-$25,000 starting price. Those who live in cold climates will appreciate the retractable hardtop option.
You May Not Like The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata If...
If you need one car to do many things, and there is more than one of you to consider with this purchase, the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible may be a poor choice. The compact trunk and two-seat configuration severely limits the MX-5 Miata's cargo and people-hauling abilities.
It's not a truck, so little room to take items along.
It is a convertible and has an automatic retractable roof which takes about 30 sec and I don't have to do more than stay in the car and push a button, the car does everything itself. The trunk is large for the size on the vehicle, which is a plus since there is little room up front. The car handles very well especially corners. I have the option to drive it either manually (4 speed) or as an automatic. . The interior remains very comfortable (warm) with the top down, even cool days or evening. It's got a smart chip key, and doesn't require you to insert key into ignition to drive it. The fob just has to be in range, , like locked in the trunk. Built in safety allows you to flip a switch in the truck that prevent the trunk release latch from working when the top is down keeping your valuables safely locked in the trunk if you leave the top down. Nice Bose stereo but very little media or electronic amenities other than 1 USB plug in, and cruise control. It's a little hard to get in and out of because Its so low to the ground. Low profile tires completes the look.
It is a very good day to day car and is very economical to run. Overall repairs are not too bad depending on your driving.
I have owned two MX-5/Miatas - one of the few issues is size. The trunk is small so a trip with two people is difficult. The 2000 lacked in performance which was corrected with my 2012. It has a lot of power, rides good. The 2000 handled better than the 2012. They added power steering which takes away from the fun of curves. I love the ability to drop the top and ride topless
Absolutely LOVE my used Miata! Great on gas mileage and fun to drive. The top is so easy to drop and raise, I can do it with one hand. If the rain sets in, I can close the top without having to pull off the road and get out of the car. No mechanical issues.
Fun, Fun, Fun to drive. If you have a tendency to be claustrophobic, this will not be the car for you. But, if you like to drive with the top down on a warm day, this is the right pick. It's a fun little sports car without the hefty price tag.
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