MAZDA MX-5 MIATA

 

Zesty and Hip, the Mazda Miata Is a Wise Sports-Car Purchase

If you want what may be the best sports car for the money right now, you won't find many that rival the latest Mazda MX-5 Miata. Brick shoppers can get a great deal on a soft-top convertible that provides great gas mileage, has an attractive exterior design, a manual soft top that's easy to open and close, and a fun-to-drive personality. Why go for an expensive luxury-oriented performance vehicle when the Miata is available?

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Perhaps the most highlighted attribute of the Miata is its agility. With its small size and its four-wheel independent suspension-a double-wishbone design in the front and a multi-link design in the rear-the Miata cuts through corners and East Brunswick backroads with enviable precision. Rear-wheel drive provides a near-50/50 distribution of weight from front to back, thereby boosting handling ability.

There's also the engine under its hood, which has a high-revving ability for rapid, sharp acceleration. And since the engine is not a bulky one, it saves lots of money on the road-and at the gas station. Consequently, fuel economy on the Miata is one of the best in its class.

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Trim Levels

The Mazda Miata MX-5 is split into Sport, Club, and Grand Touring trim levels.

The standard engine on the Miata is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder, which produces 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. With standard rear-wheel drive, the Miata offers New Jersey shoppers the choice between a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. Fuel economy is one of the best in its class; you get an EPA-estimated 26/34 MPG with the six-speed manual and 26/35 MPG with the six-speed auto.

The Miata is a two-seater, with both bucket seats covered with black cloth material and receiving a reclining and forward/back slide feature. Also standard are a leather-wrapped steering wheel and driver-side seat tilt adjustment.

Technology

For infotainment, the Miata goes with the Mazda Connect interface, which is a 7-inch touchscreen. Accompanying the Mazda Connect system are features such as:

  • Six-speaker stereo system
  • AM/FM radio
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone calling and audio streaming
  • HD Radio
  • USB port and an audio jack for connecting mobile devices
  • Hands-free text messaging ability

Other standard comfort and convenience features include proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and cruise control.

Safety Features

For safety, the Miata gets two frontal airbags and two seat-mounted side impact airbags for both the driver and passenger. Driver-assistance tech on the sports car combines lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and low-speed forward collision warning.

Other standard safety features include a rearview camera, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, automatic emergency notification, and an anti-theft system that combines keyless entry with engine immobilization.

Club Upgrades

At the Club trim level, Mazda adds a heating feature on the seats. Infotainment is greatly enhanced with an additional USB port, a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for smartphone integration, and a nine-speaker Bose sound system. If you go with a manual gearbox, your Miata will get a limited-slip differential for better traction and Bilstein shock absorbers for a more cushioned ride.

Grand Touring Upgrades

The Grand Touring is upgraded with utmost comfort and convenience in mind. Leather replaces the black cloth seat material. The seven-inch touchscreen is transformed into a navigation system for turn-by-turn directions to your destination. Additional three-year SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link subscriptions include current information for traffic, weather, sports scores, and fuel prices. And driver assistance gets a boost with traffic sign recognition, adaptive headlights, and auto high-beam technology.

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