2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Consumer Review: Be careful what you wish for

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible - Consumer Review

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Be careful what you wish for
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2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Great handler with good power. Communicates well in corners and inspires confidence to push on. It has enough power to make pushing on fun. But beware, this is not a quiet ride. Engine speed at 70 mph is 3500rpm. The exhaust is loud at that rpm. Road noise comes through the wheel wells, and the tires throw up little pebbles which create noise. The car is low so egress and entry are difficult. Once inside a six footer will fit, but this is no Caddy (duh). Fuel economy is 25- 27 in mixed driving on any grade of gas-not great. Lastly, OEM Michelin Pilot Preceda are great in wet/dry, but useless in any light snow

Best Features

I love the feeling that this is a sports car. It has few compromises. Love the exhaust sound, strong brakes, sticky tires in dry or wet, the orange color of the instruments at night, and the heating and ventilation (HVAC) are very quick to warm or cool the car.

Worst Features

I would love a lower final drive to decrease rpms at 70mph to about 3000 rpms. All gears are a little low. Gearing affects fuel economy. Key fob is delicate, and plastic cover has cracked. In sumary: Perfect for the enthusiast. For anyone else... take a looong test drive.
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