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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
Traded an '04 Ultra Classic and haven't looked back. The MX5 is a 2-dr/4wh replacement. It has all of the thrill of driving with the wind without having to worry about the weather. Top up/top down takes a few seconds. I have the Gr Touring with 7-spkr Bose system. Sound is great all the time. Cloth brown top with 6-spd manual. This car is by far the most fun vehicle i have driven. Past vehicles include Audi A6 & A4 Cab. I do wish there was some better answer for spare than Fix a Flat and run flat tires. Mileage has been 28 MPG combined. All in all it is hard to imagine a replacement for the HD but this car is IT. Decide on the top up/down when you get in the car. Simple
Ease of top operation; Bose 7-spkr system; 6-spd manual; Handling Great brakes
Figure out something more than run flat or fix a flat for spare.
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
I love the car, but, my wife will not ride with me any more, the damn car (computer) takes a crap if you park next to or close to overhead power lines. do not trust the car any more, last week we went for a ride to view fall leaves and stopped at a road side tavern for a brew, went to car , it would not allow the "key" to start, after much frustration and calling a tow truck operator, my wife looked at the manual and found that overhead power lines could cause a problem, enlisted some cowboys from tavern and pushed the car about 6' away from the overhead powerline, walah, it started. now will not venture any further than to town 2 miles do not trust the SOB
great looking and well built but the electronics lousy, too bad for a car like this, my 3rd one and last!
get rid of the many BS computer stuff, a KEY IS GREAT
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M) Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
I just bought my used 2006 GT a few weeks ago with only 22K miles on it. I've driven a number of two-seater convertibles, mostly Honda del Sols and one Toyota MR2 Spyder. The Miata definitely feels like more car -- the leather seats seem solid and luxurious, and I love the dashboard layout, redundant layout controls, remote entry, carpeting and cloth top. The trunk is practical, although not as large as the del Sol's. The only real drawback so far has been the gas mileage. My del Sol averaged 32-33 mpg in mostly city driving; first two fill-ups with the Miata have shown 24.9 and 25.9 (the second with about 50% freeway driving). That's in line with published figures, but is still not great.
Style, bright red color, tail light design, 10-spoke wheels, cloth top, leather seats.
Lower the seats a bit, since my head hits the closed soft top; install real roll bars (it appears the roll bars are for show only -- I think they're made of plastic); improve gas mileage and/or make engines use regular unleaded gas instead of the recommended premium.
Much cheaper than a therapist...Excellent value in an automobile. Surprisingly comfortable; went for 3 hour ride and didn't feel "beat up" as expected. 6 speed manual gearbox easy to shift but ratios could be spaced a little farther apart. Build quality superb: No squeaks and rattles; much quieter than the Corvette I used to own. I prefer the Miata to the Corvette hands down; much better value for the dollar. Biggest complaint: Had to purchase a used donut spare tire as car originally fitted with run-flat tires that have subsequently been replaced with "regular" tires. Overall an excellent value and the top raises and lowers in seconds.
Fun to drive; excellent handling vehicle. Engine and transmission.
Center console cup holders are useless on manual transmission models; make that area a closeable storage cubby instead.
Had been wanting one for quite a while. Got a GT model with all the bells and whistles and 6 sp. manual. Wasn't sure if I'd enjoy a stick again but glad I bought it. Solid build quality and corners as if it's on rails. Nice exhaust note. Small size makes it easy to keep clean. Chassis and engine combination is very balanced: Not so much power to get you into "trouble"; brakes are excellent.
Fun to drive. Body structure is solid. Instrument panel layout is clean and legible. Top goes up or down quickly.
Louder horn: Other drivers don't see me as car is so low and silver in color. I ordered a louder horn and plan to install it myself.
My 06 Mazda MX5 is a wonderful little car - "fun to drive" was a phrase I never understood until getting this car. It's great ... but: 1) having the cup holders on the doors is a dumb idea. They rub your thigh and if you ever put a drink there and forget when you open/close the door you'll have the drink flying all over (unless it's a NASA designed sealed cup). 2) The electronic keys are a disaster: I've had to change batteries four times in 2 years. One of my keys gave out entirely and it was replaced (warranty, thankfully). They tell me the keys "communicate" with my BlackBerry, so they constantly run the battery down. Really? In any case, this flaw is a real bummer!
Convertible top - amazingly simple, elegant and functional
As stated above: the keys MUST be fixed. I don't know if this has been addressed on later versions.
I rarely write reviews but I felt compelled to as I am truly in love with my car. I generally have short term relationships with cars but this one is a true keeper. People often compliment how well this car fits me. It can really handle corners at high speeds, I no longer have to step on my brakes like my fellow drivers. The top is easy to unlock and lock. This car is practical and fun!
The BEST BEST BEST feature of all is the smart card, it changed my life. I haven't had to look for my keys in 3 years.
A little more leg space. My friends who are 6'2" and above can barely fit in.
After 3 years of driving the MX5 I'm impressed with nearly everything about the car. Although I only give it a 7 for comfort, it is very good for this size sports car. I thought a 2 hour drive would be all I could take when we first purchased the car. This fall my wife and I completed a 4 day trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway and my back and seat were no worse for the wear. However, I had just put on new Bridgestones, which out performed the stock Michelins in every way. This car is all about fun. It is a car for those who love to drive. Driving the MX5 is like operating a point and shoot camera. The car just goes wherever you point without any fuss and looks great while doing it.
The car has style inside and out. Its performance on hilly curvy roads is tremendous and gives the driver plenty of confidence.
A little less plastic in the interior would give it a more upscale look and a homelink option would've been nice.
I just purchased this sportscar two days ago and I love it. I owned an old 1600 Honda roadstar in college and it's great to be back in one again. I love it and hope to continue driving it for the next 5-10 years. I'm a young and very attractive professional and I don't know too much about sportscars, but I've have received numerous compliments on the street and on the highway in this car and the ride with the top down is fantastic! I live in southern california the highway commute is a blast! I wish someone had told me about Miata years ago!
The design is great. The color is cool and the stereo is great! I really like to mag wheel package as well. It handles well and it's fast.
No suggestions. Just keep it affordable! It a great little sports car for the money, especially in this sagging economy!
My Miata is incredibly fun to drive, quick, and gets about 29 mpg average. What more can you ask. There may be cars out there that handle better at 100 mph, but at normal driving speeds, I've never driven anything that handles better & rides better than a Miata. With excellent mileage, great reliability, and great performance, it's the guilt-free sports car. I had a Porsche years ago, and this is way better, overall. It's my second Miata, and I'll probably get another one after this. Just don't try it in the snow.
Handling, styling, EZ convertible top, engine/trans perfectly matched (6sp auto).
Stereo is okay, but could be better. Needs another inch of leg room.
This is a fantastically fun car to drive. The power in the '06 is felt immediately upon pressing down on the accelerator. I took it to about 10 autocross events and it performed very well on the OEM street tires. The six speed transmission, however, required frequent shifting between second and third on faster courses. This is not a problem on the road as you can easily skip a gear without notice.
The convertible top lowers and raises with one hand from the driver's seat without having to turn around. Handling is superb.
The cup holders on the door are uncomfortable on your knee during aggressive cornering.
I owned a '93 Miata for 6 years before getting the '06. Bought from a dealer on eBay. This is a terrific car, fun to drive, and is my daily driver. Top seals well and keeps me dry in inclement weather. It's got great power/weight ratio and the 6-speed box is great.
Seats, top design, engine power, 50-50 weight balance, it's just a great package altogether.
I have trouble from time to time with the top bunching up when I put it down quickly. Drags on one of the ribs. Dealer has not been helpful with getting that fixed. Overall a pretty minor annoyance.
This is the 2nd MX5 for me. The first I purchased new 94 red with tan leather and top 5 speed. I put 186000 miles on it and wished I had never sold it. This is car is the first used car I have purchased in over 30 years, but it only had 5700 miles on it. Is a 2006 Copper Red Mica and tan leather inside that I love and tan cloth top. 33 mpg and pure fun. Hope I'm as happy with this one as the 94.
Looks, power, 6 speed, handling and stopping power . Everyone from little kids to older people rave about the looks . And fuel economy is a plus also.
The cup holders in the console aren't very user friendly. But who should be driving and eating at the same time. Eat in is the answer. I miss the storage compartment of my 94.
I have owned the car a year now and have about 3500 miles on it. It is undoubtedly the most fun car I have ever owned or driven. Also the sexiest looking. The appearance of the 3rd generation version is a major improvement. The handling is exceptional. It could use a little more power and low end torque, but a turbo would fix that. Maybe a MazdaSpeed version in 2008. I wish I had waited a year and got the PRHT, but I would have sacrificed a year of great driving pleasure. You can't go wrong with value and fun for under $30K.
Steering wheel controls, great looking inside and out, superior handling, Just flat out fun to drive.
Add turbo for 2008. Upgrade leather seats and interior trim. Other than that, wouldn't change a thing.
This is the 4th new Miata that I've owned. I've had at least one of all 3 body styles. This one is great, but the trunk opening almost made me keep my 1999. It's just too small. And the lack of a spare tire WAS a problem for me when I had a blowout at 9pm at night and the flat fix kit didn't work. AAA towed me to a motel and then came back to get me the next morning and towed me to the Mazda dealer (the only place that said they had a tire that fit). Fortunately, they were able to repair the tire. Overall the additional power of the 2006 and the new features were the deciding factors for me.
The MX-5 driving experience is what it's all about! This car (and all my other Miatas) were MADE for driving on these mountain roads in Western North Carolina.
It's hard for me to believe that only a few of the 92 reviews that were posted when I read them mentioned the trunk opening. It's much smaller than the trunk opening in all previous Miatas. I can't believe that the Mazda engineers thought that golfers would not be upset.
I have the 6 speed sport shift automatic and it makes you feel like you have a stick manual without the clutch. Also steering wheel shift paddles are fun to operate but takes some getting used to. Excellent handling and breaking.
Bose audio system, with audio pilot. Easy to drop and raise the top, in just seconds. Love the style and shape. Cornering, breaking and handling. Manual shifting of the 6 speed automatic with shift paddles...like Nascar. Just so fun to drive.
Just a little bit more power, maybe another 15-30 horses. Widen the seats by another inch or two (bottoms) and slim down the center console too. Better quality interior carpeting.
Ever own a car so fun that you looked for excuses to go driving, or taking the long way home? That's the Miata, or MX-5 as it's now called. This car is so responsive it seems the driver can control it with thoughts alone. Light...predictable...responsive...FUN! All this and 30MPG, too!
The six-speed manual transmission is one of the smoothest I've ever encountered, with short throws that seem almost automatic. The air conditioner and heater are both excellent. I drive top down all winter long, because the heater works so well. Same with the a/c in the summer.
Stock suspension needs a bit of tightening. The optional Mazdaspeed springs improve the car's look and its handling.
The fact that my wife and I have logged over two thousand miles of fun in this automobile are the best statement of our impression. I seleceted the MX-5 over The Mustang GT rag top. The Mustang will push you back into the upholstery as long as you go in a straight line. the MX-5 on the other hand is an absolute "Driving experience"! We recently spent a weekend in the mountains of Arkansas. I have never had so much fun. The Six speed manual in the MX-5 is perfectly matched to the engine's spunky performance. Climbing and descending in the hills and curves is this cars specialty. Never have driven a car that was so much pure driving fun.
Six Speed Manual is a large part of the enjoyment of this PURE sports car. Convertable top. is the essence of a sports car. It's like a motorcycle in its ability to connect you to your environment.
The cupholders in the center console are useless with the Manual shift. The cupholders in the doors are also useless unless you are drinking bottled water. Those will fit. Don't ever close the door with an open container in the cup holder. The contents continue to travel when the door stops.
I spent a lot of time reading about sports cars in this category. Virtually all of the magazine reviews put the Miata over the Solstice. I knew why as soon as I drove the GT model Miata. Since Pontiac apparently was timid about producing the Solstice, and since I refuse to stand in long lines just to pay sticker (or above) my decision to buy the Miata GT was even easier. OK, I'd really like a little more power...maybe a turbocharger? That's the only suggestion I'd make to Mazda.
Standard features like a/c, P/S, P/W and even ABS brakes that are OPTIONS on the Solstice.
Maybe a turbocharger, a V-6, or a 20- 25% power boost from more displacement?
I bought the MX-5 GT 6-speed at the end of March 2006. It is the True Red color and I have lost track of how many people have stopped me to ask questions about the car and in some cases asked if they could drive it. Obviously, my answer was no. The car has been exactly as described and lived up to all the pre-launch euphoria. It's impossible to overstate the "fun" factor of driving this car top-down. Outstanding!
The exterior lines are fantastic. The interior, a little snug, is beautiful to look at and functional as well. The performance is spunky and the shifting is perfect. It beats, hands down, the Solstice and I prefer the Mazda over the Z-3 and Z-4. The stereo performs well at all speeds.
The trunk space is limited. I can fit my golf clubs, which was a prerequisite, but I have to remove the driver and 3 wood from the bag to get it in. A little bigger trunk would be great. Also, lining the interior of the top and a "one-touch" up/down for both windows would be a nice touch.
Absolutely the most fun car that I have ever driven! Loaded with Bose sound system and Sirius satellite radio, really blasts out the tunes. Seems like every stop light I get praises about the car - Copper Red really flashes. Big guy - 6'1" and 240 but more than adequate room in the interior. Much easier entry/exit for my wife but I do not have any problems with the space. ZOOM, ZOOM - BTW, personal license now reads "Smilin"... and I am!
6 speed manual transmission is great! Don't skimp on your sound system, BOSE is in a class of it's own. With the Sirius radio, I only occasionally use the 6 CD changer. Roof - easy up / easy down... faster than most automatic roofs. Shopped for a Solstice and Sky, but I am delighted with the MX5!
Cup holder in the center panel by the shift knob is a joke. C'mon engineers!
This is the 3rd Miata we've owned & the best. We've had all 3 body types from pop-up headlights to this current model. We traded a '03 Cobra in for this car and though I miss the full power of the Cobra, I really haven't looked back. A little bigger inside for the legs & plenty of extra storage.The interior is nicely laid out, easy to reach just about anything yet gives me room to myself. Plenty of get up and go. We opted for the automatic this time with paddle shifters, this is more fun than a just about anything you could drive. Zoom-Zoom.
The automatic with paddle shifters is amazing, power in the go factor in this vehicle is just awesome. The stereo sounds just like I had in bigger cars, plenty of space, truck handles all I need. MPG so far has always hit 24 miles per, & I drive fast and hard, it's go from the light at green.
Gee I just can't think of anything to change or add, it might lose something in the mix. Keep it this way.
This car is simply amazing. I have owned two Miatas (a 95 M and the 99 10AE) making this my third. It is great! The ride is better, the performance is better, the steering wheel even tilts now! I look forward to every morning so I can get up and drive.
I really like the new top. The previous cover was a pain. The HIDs are a must have also. The keyless go is a great feature as well.
Nothing much, just that the piano black interior trim scratches a little too easily.
This car is not for a person who wants basic transportation. This car is for someone who truly enjoys driving. With four children we had become the typical kid hauling, van owning parents. Not having driven a stick for 15 years, I had forgotten how much fun it is to go through the gears. Especially the way this car shifts and welcomes high revs, it really puts a smile on my face. My wife and I are enjoying short getaway trips and evening drives. We now look forward to traveling the winding country roads of southeastern Ohio instead of avoiding them. Our MX 5 has pulled us out of our rut.
Exterior styling gets plenty of lookers and the interior fit comfort is better than I thought Id find. The instrumentation is perfectly placed and everything is within easy reach of the driver.
I would like to add HomeLink as an option as well as variable intermittent wipers.
After four weeks and over two thousand miles, my enthusiasm for this car continues to grow. My wife no longer asks me where I'm going when I dash out the front door at 10 PM--she knows I have to go for a drive. I've driven it on back roads, on a very congested I-95, and the infamous DC Beltway. It handles all condition with aplomb. The more powerful engine of this third generation Miata makes passing a breeze and the superb handling makes it easy to adjust to about anything driving conditions can throw at you. In short, this car is a joy to drive!
Where to start? Design is a classic--the new competitors may be more flashy, but this edition of the MX-5 will stand the test of time. More power than previous editions and a very simple, but elegant interior. And I love the Galaxy Gray finish. The cloth top is easy and fast to operate.
I'd like to see Mazdaspeed springs as an option. I'm planning to put them on mine to lower the car and further reduce the lean through corners. The car already performs beautifully, but the MS springs might make things just about perfect.
I was looking for a convertible I could afford since I live in sunny San Diego and I was getting depressed going to work and always missing the sun. So - I tried everything from the Jeep to the MINI convertible and ended up trying the Miata - and that was it! It was so nice and fun to drive and so much bigger than the 2005 model. Looks like an old British race car and I get a ton of compliments!
The Bose system makes a big difference - totally invest in it!
Automated top, even though this year's model is super easy to get on and off.
This is my second Miata. The first was a 95. I absolutely love this one too. It is more responsive and Mazda has achieved the desired union of car and driver. I don't feel as much like I'm driving a car as I have extended my body. Everything is in exactly the right place. The shifting cannot be better. The power is more than adequate. And, my mileage is actually running at about 30 mpg with a combination of city and highway - 70% city. I couldn't be happier with the car... So much so, that we bought another one a few months later for my wife, trading in a Mercedes SLK.
Love the new roof design. I wasn't unhappy with the size of the previous model, but the additional interior room is appreciated. I like the steering wheel mounted audio controls.
Frankly I find the 6 speed transmission more annoying than useful, 5 speeds is plenty. The bolsters on the seat bottoms are too narrow and/or hard... not all of us weigh 108 pounds.
The new MX-5 version for 2006 is a significant upgrade. It retains the sports car feel linked back to European sports cars of the 50's through 70's with style and comfort upgrades consistent with higher-end models. There is plenty of comfort for the driver and passenger.
The HID headlights make a significant statement. The flared fenders that accommodate 17-inch run-flat tires are also a big improvement.
I understand a power, hard-top convertible is being rolled out and that will be a great option. I would also suggest some type of clam-shell covering to store the current cloth or vinyl top when down.
We have four cars. We own a 2003 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE, a 2006 Lexus GS300, a 2007 Lexus ES350 and the 2006 Mazda MX5. We bought this car recently as a "want" car, not a "need" car.At our stage of life, we wanted one car for pure fun. We looked at the Solstace and the Sky, but chose the Mazda based on writeups and past history of the superceded Miata. And, is it F U N ! We adore this car! I have been driving for 54 years, have owned 58 cars, and I have been a car afficiando since I was a little kid. I get all the car mags, so I have a very strong opinion about cars, and I and my wife Love this MX5! Sincerely, SZteve Miller
offer XM Radio as an alternate to Sirius.
I have had my MX5 copper red for 4+ months now and it has NOT lost any of its appeal. This car is so fun to drive. I get many compliments on how classy it looks and people can not believe how easy the top is to operate. Great gas mileage too.
Lockable glove and center storage area. Also like the hidden storage areas behind the seats. I could still use more storage but this car offered more than any others that I looked at.
Turn center cup holders into storage and create pop-out cup holders out of dash.
...it will take years off your life. I traded a 2004 Accord for this vehicle and while I miss that incredible, effortless ride I also feel so much more free and connected with my daily commute. I had the last year of the ill-fated Triumph GT6 (1971) and while that car handled like no other it also was plagued with all the foibles that eventually killed all the British sports car companies. This is a very comfortable go-kart. I plan on taking it to the mountains this weekend and really letting 'er rip on those switchbacks. Nothing handles like a small car this close to the ground. I would suggest you opt for the upgraded suspensions package. Sweet!
As in previous reviews the top is so simple to raise and lower from inside the vehicle. You can even do it in seconds at a stop sign or red light. I like the caramel color of the leather interior with the baseball stitching. Next to the black carpeting and door panel inserts it looks very masculine.
Those center cupholder are convenient, but if you have a coffee mug in there it is difficult to shift into gears 5 and 6. I use the door holders even though they are only recommended for water bottles. More interior storage would be nice.
Well, basically I test drove most of sports (convertible) cars including MX-5 Miata, BMW Z4, Nissan 350Z, Lexus IS, Infiniti G35, and more ... but my MX-5 Grand Touring was the winner. It looks great, easy top down, and it feels like you are somehow connected to the wheel when you are driving. You won't believe how fun it is to drive MX-5 (close to PERFECT!). If you are having hard time choosing your convertible, just go for MX-5 (GT is even better). I guarantee that you will fall in love.
Keyless remote, easy top down, control and balance for perfect fun driving!
My 6th and one of my favorite Miatas. This car has far exceeded the previous Miatas in power, comfort, and styling. The car looks and feels like A BMW Z4 but without the hefty price tag and even more of a blast to drive. With its easy to use top and laser like handling, this car blows away anything in its class; the Solstice could dream of being this much fun.
Great styling, performance, build quality, easy to use top, price, and did I mention how much fun it is to drive.
Well, I wanted a sports car and I found one for sure. This is a third car for the family for fun driving so I was trying to keep the price lower and fun factor high. This car definitely achieves EXCELLENT price/performance. And even though it is priced less than other roadsters - the build quality and careful design shows the minute you drive it. You cannot go wrong for the money. And I have owned 5 other sports cars over my driving career including a late 80's 911. Technology has advanced incredibly fast since. If you want a car that is cheaper and safer than a Harley, and yet reach the performance levels of an 80's vintage Porsche - then do yourself a favor - and test drive one today.
Shifting is smooth with a nice flat torque response. Engine sounds sporty for its size accentuated by a nice exhaust note with the top down. Top is very easy to operate. Bose stereo is decent with a decent source input - i.e. CD or satellite radio.
Telescoping steering wheel to complement tilt capability. Although I think it is possible to find a decent seating position without it - of course depending on your height. More of a surround sound effect would be good with possibly some equalizer settings for the stereo.
I have owned my 06 MX-5 for less than a month and I have to say, I am more in love with it today than ever. I have a few pet peeves that I know Mazda can easily correct on future models. This is a wonderful roadster that could only have been dream of in the very distant past!
The exterior design! Top up or top down, it's gorgeous. The handling is outrageously fun. I look forward to my commutes now.
Seat belt is very uncomfortable. They need to have a shoulder adjustment. The right belt flaps loudly with the top down and windows down. The seat belt minder is VERY annoying. The dealer can turn it off, but I think it would be better if I could just tone it down a little. Interior plastics seem cheap.
GT with PP1. This car is a blast to drive! Beware driving this car top down at highway speed can be very loud! Overall a very nice package indeed. Worth the money, more value than S2000, 350Z, etc. Handles like a go-cart, amazing balance and stopping power. Bose stereo is good but with the top down, who needs a stereo! 6 speed not all made the same. Some units are slicker than others, try before buying. This is a must have car, IMHO.
Easy open top. Steering wheel control (lighted!). Strong brakes. Balanced handling. Good interior space. Feels good sitting in it!
Noisy at highway speed with top down. 6 speed can be notchy at times but not all units are like that. Excellent value. Very eye catching shape.
Picked up my new Copper Red MX-5 Grand Touring just earlier today and I am already very impressed. This car feels very solid and well put together like high-end German vehicles and handles amazingly. 170 HP may not sound like a lot, but in this car, it is plenty of power thanks to good torque delivery at lower RPM's and a free-revving engine. Driving this car will instantly plaster a big smile to your face. It is highly recommended, especially with Mazda's standard warranty and the asking price. By the way, my vehicle was purchased at invoice price, so don't settle for MSRP. It also helps to price over the internet and get several dealers competing for your business. Car shopping 101.
Powertrain: torque-laden powerplant and smooth, precise shifting 6-speed manual tranny. Handling, standard 17" GT wheels, upgraded GT interior. Looks, looks, looks ... especially in Copper Red! Advanced keyless entry system is way cool!
Standard MP3-playing sound system (currently, a $500 upgrade), redesigned cup holders, better dash trim ... that's about all I can think of.
This is my third Miata and it is still the best bang for the buck! Great styling and even better handling.
Performance and handling ... no one else is even close for the money.
Cup holder placement still edgy and the Bose sound system is weak at best.
I am very impressed with the car. It seems to have made some significant improvements since the last change in 1999. The only improvement needed is gas mileage.
The convertible top.
One improvement needed - better gas mileage.
The MX-5 has the heart and soul of a pure sports car. It appears and feels like Mazda put 110% into the MX-5. I am completely satisfied with the driving experience. Fit and finish are excellent. Performance is more that satisfactory. Interior comfort is excellent. I have never been so passionate and thrilled with ownership of any automobile. The bang you get for a very reasonable buck is great. Remember this is a sports car, so storage and frills are not the point ... it's the driving experience. Before you buy a Porsche, BMW or S2000 go drive the MX-5. You'll have plenty of change left over. And your insurance agent will not reach so deep into your pocket.
Smooth power, 6 speed manual and interior ergonomics. The entire automobile is really easy on your eyes.
Taller gears for freeway driving.
Great little car for the money.
Keyless entry/start, top,
Add another 30 horsepower, larger interior/trunk, more toys such as exterior temp, garage opener, more interior storage, better stereo, auto AC etc.
Great car, fun to drive & economical.
New exterior design.
Sound system is OK, sun visor is stationary, therefore sun gets in your eyes.
I have only had my car a few days but, I can sum it up in one word. WOW. This car is a real head turner.
Convertible and spring time. What else is there?
Electric seat on drivers side so seat can be raised for short people like me.
So much fun to drive and one of the best cars with the top down. Great looks inside and out. Comfy seats and bigger than the previous Miatas. Race car steering, race car transmission and race car suspension. Suspension turns in sharp while the wheels stick like super glue. Flick the steering wheel and you dive into the apex with barely any turns on the wheel and the whole car talks to you. Great exhaust note. Great gas mileage. I owned a Evo 8 and currently own a 350Z and a Lotus Elise an this is probably the best deal when it comes to handling. And has become my new weekend car and ever daily driver.
The exterior looks great! Interior is comfy, practical, comes with no nonsense (most of it anyways). Steering is quick and light, chassis talks to you and is very communicative. Top down driving couldn't get any better. Transmission is probably one of the best ever. a great deal.
It's a 2 seater and has 4 cupholders. Gas door release is hidden in the storage area. Body roll sets in a little to early. Not as quick in the straights as a 350Z or a Boxster. Seats are hard to get used to but hold you in very well.
I bought my car just 9 days ago, and drove it from Charleston to New Orleans on the third day. I love it. It handled nicely in the morning rain on the East coast, and it was so much fun coming across the panhandle in the sun in the afternoon. As the sun went down, I ran the heat, and I was comfortable. This is a very responsive vehicle, a joy to drive. The 6 speed manual feels totally natural on this car, and it makes for a fun drive. The seat wraps around you, so it is as though you are one with your car. If you are looking for a fun, sporty car, you will not go wrong with this car!
Love the leather interior. Easy top operation, and cloth top is so soft it feels like velvet. Great stereo, and love the steering wheel controls! Advanced keyless entry and anti-theft are really nice.
A tad more trunk space, or at least a spare tire, and get rid of the water bottle holders in the door! Instead of the center console containing cupholders, recommend a storage bin here, with slide-out cupholders beneath the fuel release.
The MX5 is a feature packed well engineered roadster. Probably one of the best values on the market. The engine and suspension of the new Miata are more sophisticated, but leave you wanting a more sports car like feel. The engine while strong feels and sounds like a boring sedan. Suspension is incredibly supple, but is too soft and leads to ridiculous levels of body roll in corners. The MX5 has great options and features for a car that sells under $25K. My car with dynamic stability control, LSD, traction control, Bilstein suspension, Bose stereo, side airbags, leather interior, 17" wheels -- was $24K. The MX5 also has one of the easiest to use convertible tops ever!
Easy to use convertible top, great brakes.
Stiffer sports suspension and more sports car like engine.
I just got it. This car is really great. It is so fun to drive. Great brakes and transmission. Reminds me of the old British sports cars except better quality. I really like how they squeezed every last drop of storage space out of that thing. Very well thought out and engineered. Really fun to drive!
Great heating system. I took it out with the top down at 35 degrees and wasn't cold. Love the 4 cupholders. Like the tan leather interior. Great stereo. Really great cornering with the dynamic stability control. Xenon headlights are great.
MX-5 logo on the mats gets dirty really quickly. A little hard to get in and out of. Needs more interior lighting.
Only had it about 10 days, but I can't get out of it. Hardly had the top up. Great little machine! Superb handling and driveabaility. Body style is eye-catching and gets lots of stares and compliments. Engine performance is excellent for a 2 liter 4 and is more entertaining than any car I have ever owned. Very responsive.
Ease of use of convertible top. Just seconds up or down from drivers seat. Audio controls on steering wheel. Attractive body style. Smooth, easy shifting 6 speed manual. Responsive performance. Nimble, agile handling. Keyless entry and ignition.
Convert console cup holders to storage. Next year offer optional Mazdaspeed version with turbocharger.
Had my '06 MX-5 for about 2 weeks now. I have enjoyed the car thus far. Seems solid and is fun to drive.
Comfortable seats, fold down top, auto transmission, keyless starter.
Still would like to see more interior room and storage. A few more toys like built in garage door opener, outside temp, one touch power windows, bigger trunk.
I traded in a Mazda Tribute for the new MX-5 ... and I'm glad I did. What a fantastic little car. I find myself choosing (I shouldn't admit this!) the MX-5 over my 2005 AMG E-55 with 500HP -- the little Miata is actually more "fun" to drive (though not as fast!). SUPER JOB, Mazda!
Pure driveability. Great mileage. Intimate (several people have told me they feel "intimate" inside the little MX-5).
Absolutely none. (I can't believe I just wrote that -- never have done it before!)
I love driving this car! This is my first week with it and I'm having so much fun. I once owned one of the earlier models (a '93 model) and this car is obviously much better. It's quick and fun to shift. Best handling car I've ever owned. I now look forward to clover leaf exit ramps. I think the new styling is beautiful outside and I like the interior as well. It is tight in there though. Even though I like it I think that the interior is probably where I would wish Mazda had spent a few more $$. For example, the shift boot and hand brake boot are cheap, no way to put it nicely. On the other hand, I think the leather seats look and feel expensive.
I like the Bose stereo. Love the motor and suspension and the way the car looks. I also like the Advanced Keyless Entry option. I think the cloth top is very nice. Oh, and I think the seventeen inch wheels look tough!
I would like a few of the interior items to be upgraded as I mentioned earlier. Although I like the Bose audio system, more is better!
Great car. Fast, agile, surprising gas mileage. Get the limited slip differential and traction control and watch the dashboard light up in the rain. Better by far than my old RX-7. Only beef is despite a bunch of little cubby holes the interior still has limited space for storing anything bigger than sunglasses. But who cares, drop the top, mash the gas, and it does not matter.
Cornering, speed, gas mileage, easy to use ragtop. Stereo on GT model is top notch. Instrumentation just about perfect.
Move fuel filler. Get rid of drink holders in center console and replace with storage bin.
I've owned a '96, '99 and now an '06 MX-5. This is without a doubt the best of the three. Traded in my year-young Mazda 6s after just one test drive. The most marked improvements are the increased power, more muscular exterior and superb interior quality. Flicking through the short-throw 6-speed MT is addicting. The engine is much more willing with the increased HP. It now actually feels fast. The previous MX-5 always sounded like it was working really hard, but not producing much in the way of acceleration. That has changed with this model. Hopefully reliability will be as good as the previous models. A fantastic car.
Increased HP and torque create a perfect balance between handling and power. Suspension package a great option. HID headlights. 6-speed MT. Easy to operate cloth top. Top-notch interior and exterior build quality. Every change made to the '06 is an improvement over previous MX-5 iterations.
Bose stereo - muddy bass, terrible midrange and tinny highs. Not the most supportive seats.
The only thing I liked better on my BMW Z3 was the body style/shape. This Mazda handles curves like a dream, smooth ride, well thought out interior. Absolutely love the top! Can be put up or down from the driver seat in about 5 seconds. No boot to mess with. Great city gas mileage. Love the combined key/keyless entry remote.
I cannot emphasize enough the ease of putting the top up/down; fine tuning of climate controls (tiny increments; all of the storage compartments (glove box, one behind each seat and one between seats that locks); steering wheel radio controls; multiple cup holders; comfy seats; great trunk space for roadster.
Heated seats as an option would be nice ... find a place to put a spare tire.
My second MX5. The first was a '90, trouble-free for 155,000 miles. The new one is even better. Great handling, great looks and a great value for the money.
Handling and appearance.
Maybe a little better interior finishing.
I've had my MX-5 for a week now and am thrilled! I've been an Honda/Acura owner for 20+ years so my standards are high. Very quick/fast, great gas mileage, easy open/close top. Wish it had a space for change, cup holder on driver side hits knee. Ride is a little stiff but it is a sports car not luxury sedan. Great road grip, steering response. Small trunk will still fit my golf bag (less driver).
Easy up/down top. Responsiveness - very quick/fast. Bright driving lights.
Lose the driver-side cup holder. Add a change tray. Move side mirrors forward a bit as I feel like they are too close.
Handles like a real sports car. Has plenty of usable horsepower for the road. Steering is precise. In fact when I drive my other car or my wife's car it feels like something is wrong with the steering on those cars. It's just that the MX-5 is so precise you think where you want to go and it is there. Run Flat tires initially were a bit hard, but I either have gotten use to them after 300 miles or they are broken in. You find yourself wanting to drive this car all the time. Plenty of trunk space for a roadster and the Active Key system eliminates fumbling for your keys. Mazda has a hit. I considered the S2000, Porsche Boxter, SLK350 and the Z4. For my money the '06 MX-5 wins hands down.
Seat comfort, Sound system, ease of use of top, steering wheel audio and cruise controls, climate control knobs, tire pressure light, SmartKey system, thoughtful placement of cabin storage. The car is beautiful from the exterior to the interior. Every line has a purpose unlike the Z4.
1. My Hyundai Elantra GT has lights that go off when you turn the car off. I would think that Mazda could do that too instead of triggering a reminder chime. 2. The horn must be replaced, it sounds awful. 3. Express down for the passenger window.
handling, speed, braking, the best
Overall very happy with the car. A little bit tight for long trips but all in all lots of fun with little to no service. Change my oil every 3,000 and drive.
Make the car just a little bit roomier on the inside. The sound system could use some improvement.
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