As far as affordable sports cars go, the new 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata is about as fuel-efficient as they come. With no major changes for the new model year, the Miata returns with the same great mileage and overtly enjoyably driving experience as the outgoing model. Keep reading to review mileage, features and specifications of the new 2011 Miata.
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Styling
Aesthetically, not much has changed on the Miata since 2009. However, given the vehicle's low, sexy stance, attractive front end and inviting round edges, this fact is by no means a criticism. Outside of the luxury class, the Miata is the only convertible to offer an automatic hardtop. Automatic vinyl and cloth convertible tops are also available.
Inside, the Miata is by no means cavernous - the two-seater boasts one of the smallest interior cabins of any car. Of course, this sports car wasn't made with the carpool lane in mind, and most people in the market for a Miata are willing to look past the vehicle's diminutive cockpit. Still, if you are of the 6-foot variety, then a larger car may accommodate you better.
In terms of build quality, the Miata does a good job of balancing fit and finish against affordability. Dashboard components are laid out well and designed to focus on the driver. In the rear, the Miata offers the postage-stamp-sized storage capacity of 5.1 cubic feet.
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Performance
Performance is what the Mazda Miata is all about, and you'll be hard pressed to find a more exhilarating ride for so few dollars. All 2011 Miatas come equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 167 horsepower and 140 lb-ft. of torque. While these figures are from impressive when compared to other sports cars, the Miata still manages to offer zippy acceleration and adequate power. More impressive, is the vehicle's buttery smooth handling and stop-on-a-dime responsiveness.
Thanks to the efficient four-banger, the five-speed manual Miata musters an estimated 22-mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Opt for an automatic transmission, and you'll lose one mpg in the city. Look at miles per gallon across the sports car class, and you'll see that the Miata is tough to beat. Clearly, if you're in the market for a fuel-efficient sports car, then the Miata should be on the top of your list.
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata Safety
The Mazda MX-5 Miata comes standard with front airbags, side airbags and anti-lock brakes. Stability control and traction control are available on Grand Touring models. The Miata has not yet been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Prices and Features
The 2011 Miata starts at $22,960. If you're looking for sporty alternatives in this price range, then you might also look at the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe and 2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Base Sport models come standard with vinyl convertible top, power windows, air conditioning, height-adjustable driver's seat and six-speaker stereo with CD player, MP3 player and auxiliary input. Upper trim models add such features as fog lights, cruise control, power locks, steering-wheel controls, leather seats and keyless ignition.