Kelley Blue Book ® - 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5 Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5 Overview

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It Never Seems to Grow Old

The Miata is available in two trim levels, base and LS. Both are powered by a peppy, 1.8-liter engine producing 142-horsepower. Power windows and mirrors are standard, as is air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels and a leather-wrapped Nardi steering wheel. The LS model adds cruise control, larger wheels, power door locks, a limited-slip differential, keyless entry and a 200-watt Bose sound system that can overpower even the most unruly wind.

On the road, the Miata is a blast to drive. Tug hard at the steering wheel and the Miata responds with a lightning fast directional change. Press hard on the brakes, and marvel how quickly the Miata comes to a level stop, even without the assistance of the optional anti-lock brakes. Acceleration from a standing start is not the Miata's strongest point, but once you get going, the willing engine moves the Miata with ease. For those who really love to shift gears, the LS model feature a slick 6-speed gear box.

In keeping with a retro theme, Mazda employs white-faced gauges surrounded by chrome trim rings to dress up the instrument pod. The heating, ventilation and radio controls are placed within easy reach of both occupants and the high-back bucket seats have been made more comfortable for tall drivers, with better lower back and thigh support. The Miata's amazingly light-weight top—which includes a glass rear window— can easily be lowered and raised with one arm and the trunk, though small, can still accommodate two overnight bags without needing to be forced closed.

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