2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata Consumer Review: The Same, Only Better

2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Consumer Review

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The Same, Only Better
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2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


On a sunny day last week I just *had*
to my beloved 1991 Miata for a spin.
11 years old and totally fun and
reliable. Ended up at the local
dealership and found remaining 2001's
at $5500 off MSRP! All the fun of the
last one but more refined in every
way. British Racing Green with the
Appearance Package for just a little
over $17k new.
The new generation feels a lot more
solid. It's quieter, especially when
the top is up. The standard AC, power
windows, CD player, glass rear window,
and extra 26hp are much-welcomed
additions. My only ultra-trivial
complaint is that the gas pedal is
overly light compared to the old one,
but this generation of Miata is still
simply superb.

Best Features

Convertible Short-throw shifter Tossability Style

Worst Features

Little more horsepower (at least as an option) Slightly stiffer gas pedal MP3 capable CD (since there's little room for storing multiple CDs) Factory turbo option Top of windshield blocks view for 6' folks. Another inch would help.
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