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Mazda MX-5 Miata Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 166 hp @ 6700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • Though General Motors' roadsters have more style and presence, the 2007 Mazda Miata is the better car when it comes to driving enjoyment, features and all-around refinement.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Huge fun factor, precise steering and handling, low base price, economical to operate.

  • Cons

    Still snug for large adults, stability control only available on top trim level.

  • What's New for 2007

    Although completely redesigned last year, the Mazda MX-5 Miata still sees a number of big changes for 2007. A retractable hardtop model joins the line, trim levels are shuffled and renamed and power output numbers change slightly due to the implementation of new SAE power-rating standards.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (7 total reviews)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

Fun car to drive. Lots of power from the 2 L engine. 6 spd manual box is smooth with accurate shifter. More fun to drive with the traction control switched OFF, when I remember as it defaults to ON at start-up, better for safety I guess. Limited slip dif is the only way to go. I like the styling and performance better than my previous MX5 which was a '91 with 1.6 L and 5 spd manual, no comparison really. Room in the '07 for a 6'2" driver, the '91 was cramped.




Fantastic car... zoom zoom

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

Before buying our car, I read a lot of reviews here on Edmunds of people saying how wonderful their MX-5s were. These reviews helped me in deciding to get the true-red Miata MX-5 Grand Touring with splash guards and chrome fuel door over the competition. We've had our car about 10 days now and I can truly say this is the most fun car I have ever owned. The engineers at Mazda definitely got it right. It's obvious they've been doing this for 18 years. The car's lines are very sexy and pleasing to the eye and the performance will really get your heart beating. Now the only problem I face is arguing with my wife over who gets to drive the car today.




Pure fun

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

This car is pure fun. Most bang for the buck. With the suspension package, traction control, and stability control cornering is superb and virtually no nose dive when braking. Ride is suprisingly smooth for such a short wheelbase and suspension package. The MX5 fits like a glove and everything is in its proper place except for the cup holders in the console which I have found to be a good place to stash gasoline receipts. The Copper Red Mica with tan leather has drawn nothing but compliments. Gas mileage is impressive returning 30 mpg in the first 600 miles of which only 200 has been highway driving. The convertible top is a marvel, just unlatch it and heave it over your shoulder.




Awesome fun car!

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

This is an awesome fun sports car for the enthusiast or the first timer like my girl friend who learned to drive this sporty short-throw 6 speed in about 1/2 an hour. The heated leather seats in the GT model are unbelievable! Top down, windows up, heater on and a sunny day is ALL you need for Fun Fun Fun or should I say Zoom Zoom Zoom. I can now see why this is the world's most popular selling sports car convertible!




Can you say zoom zoom?

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

Can you say Zoom Zoom? And I did not have to break the bank to get into one. I forgot how to drive being stuck inside a minivan for for years. Gave up my Trans Am for family. Well now I have a toy to play with. It just flat out goes. I was never one for the "chick" car and the pictures on the net do not do it any justice. Go to a dealership and look at one yourself. ZOOM ZOOM. Need to purchase a fuzz buster for it.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great overall

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Vehicle: 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

I looked at a number of cars for several years. In the course of searching I narrowed my criteria to maximum value for few dollars. That eliminated Porsches, BMW's, MB's and a number of other cars. I chose the MX-5 because it was not a compromise. It drives exceptionally, the new interior is first rate, the exterior restyle is spot on and I didn't have to sell a kidney to get it. What really sold me though is that this is what a sports car is. It reminds me of what made cars so important in my life and what made me want a car that was "special". The MX-5 is special. I can race this car if I choose, modify it to make it better or leave bone stock and it's just great. It's just perfect.



Full 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

What's New for 2007

Although completely redesigned last year, the Mazda MX-5 Miata still sees a number of big changes for 2007. A retractable hardtop model joins the line, trim levels are shuffled and renamed and power output numbers change slightly due to the implementation of new SAE power-rating standards.

Introduction

Inspired by the British roadsters of some four decades ago, the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster has won over legions of driving enthusiasts since its introduction in 1990. But unlike those cantankerous English sports cars, the Miata offers Japanese reliability and build quality. Prized for its go-kart-like handling, quick-dropping top and timeless styling, the Miata has earned widespread critical acclaim and overwhelming consumer interest.

Over the years, the Mazda Miata has received a steady stream of improvements, including a stiffer chassis, more power, a larger interior, a glass rear window and more aggressive styling. Last year, Mazda gave its pint-sized roadster a full redesign. Now representing the car's third generation, it's roomier and more powerful, but still as fun as it ever was.

The major news for the 2007 Mazda Miata is the addition of a power-retractable hardtop (PRHT) version. Unlike the two previous Miata generations and their optional removable hardtops, the '07 features an in-vehicle, power-operated retractable hardtop similar in concept to the tops on cars like the Mercedes-Benz SLK or Lexus SC 430. The Miata's top is a three-piece design. When activated, the top breaks into two pieces that quickly drop into the well. The motion is similar to that of the regular soft top. The third piece is a tonneau cover that lifts up to allow the top to drop into the well, then lowers back down.

With the PRHT, it's a win-win situation. When you want an open car, it's just as good as the traditional soft top, and when you want a closed car, it's vastly superior. One might expect a hefty weight penalty, which would hurt the Miata's light-on-its-feet nature, but no worries there. The PRHT weighs a mere 70 pounds more than the ragtop.

Regardless of which version you lean toward, the ultra-nimble 2007 Mazda Miata is a fine choice for an affordable roadster. General Motors' twins, the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, are the closest things there are to consider against the Miata. Although they possesses sexier styling and available turbocharged engines, neither can touch the Miata when it comes to overall refinement. Drive the Miata and GM twins back to back and it will quickly be apparent that the Miata feels more communicative, eager and responsive.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Mazda Miata lineup consists of four trims: SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Geared toward racing enthusiasts, the SV (only available in soft-top form) offers a black vinyl convertible top, 16-inch alloy wheels, a CD player and power windows and mirrors. The Sport adds air-conditioning and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Touring model additions include 17-inch alloy wheels, a strut tower brace, cruise control, keyless entry, six-speaker audio (versus four) and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The Grand Touring trim boasts a black or parchment cloth convertible top, leather-upholstered and heated seats, a seven-speaker Bose audio system and silver interior accents. Retractable hardtop models are offered in the top three trims and are identical in equipment except for the substitution of the power retracting steel top for the soft top.

A number of packages allow further personalization. The Convenience package (available for the Sport) provides keyless entry/power locks, cruise control, foglamps, "global open" which is one button that lowers both windows at a touch, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and covered storage cubbies behind the seats. The Suspension package (optional on the Touring and Grand Touring) features a sport-tuned suspension, Bilstein shocks and a limited-slip differential. An interior trim package offers aluminum cabin accents, while the Appearance package adds a front airdam and lower-body skirting. A pair of Premium packages is offered on the Grand Touring: Number 1 (not available with automatic transmission) adds stability control, a limited-slip differential, advanced keyless entry and xenon HID headlights. Number 2 is the same, minus the limited-slip dif. Stand-alone options include run-flat tires, satellite radio and a rear spoiler.

Powertrains and Performance

The Miata's 2.0-liter, inline four-cylinder engine makes 166 horsepower (163 with automatic transmission) and 140 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission drives the rear wheels on SV and Sport trims, while the Touring and Grand Touring trims upgrade to a six-speed manual. A six-speed automatic with paddle shifters is optional on all but the SV and the Sport retractable hardtop. Acceleration is brisk -- we've timed a six-speed manual Miata at 7.5 seconds for the 0-60-mph dash.

Safety

Antilock four-wheel disc brakes are standard, as are side airbags. Stability control is also available, but only as an option on the Grand Touring model. A tire-pressure monitor is available on the two top trims and comes standard if the run-flat tires are ordered.

Interior Design and Special Features

Although bigger than its previous generations, the latest Miata's cockpit remains a snug fit. Still, it is comfortable enough for two on a weekend getaway. If you pack light, the 5.3-cubic-foot trunk can accommodate a few days' worth of luggage. Although simple in design, the cockpit offers richer furnishings than before, along with more storage. The manual top can be raised or lowered from the driver seat in a matter of seconds. Offering the quietness and security of a coupe, the power retractable hardtop can transform itself into a roadster in just 12 seconds.

Driving Impressions

The Miata's inline-4 pulls willingly and revs freely. It's a delightful instrument to play, especially with a manual gearbox. Although tuned for a smoother ride than before, the 2007 Mazda Miata still changes direction like a roller skate and speaks to you clearly through the steering wheel and driver seat. With a lowered top and an open road, Mazda's roadster has few equals when it comes to sheer entertainment.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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