2006 Mazda MX-5 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Road Test Specs

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible

(2.0L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)


Model year2006
StyleGrand Touring
Base MSRP$24,435
As-tested MSRP$27,095


Drive typeRWD
Engine typeI-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2.0
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170@6700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)140@5000
Transmission type6-speed manual


Suspension, frontIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent w/ stabilizer bar
Steering typePower rack and pinion
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Preceda
Tire size, frontP205/45R17
Tire size, rearP205/45R17
Brakes, front4-wheel disc w/ ABS

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)4.8
0-60 mph (sec.)7.5
0-75 mph (sec.)11.1
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.29@89.40
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28.27
60-0 mph (ft.)115.98
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)N/A
Sound level @ idle (dB)52.5
@ Full throttle (dB)85.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)80.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThe MX-5's short throw shifter is perfect. Every gear is easily found with the slightest flick of the wrist. The 2.0 powerplant doesn't make much bottom-end torque, but once the engine hits 3,500 rpm it comes to life. Redline is set at 6,500 rpm, and we raved it to 7,000 rpm and it still didn't hit the rev limiter. Power peaks out around 6,400 however, so there's no reason to take it past that. Traction is not a problem on launch because the engine doesn't make enough power to cause much wheelspin.
Braking ratingVery Good
Braking commentsStopping distances from 60 mph in the teens are always good, and the MX-5 offers braking performance to match its sports car heritage. We didn't note any noticeable fade, there was no nose dive to speak of, the vehicle tracks straight and fade was minimal. The pedal was very firm but didn't offer much modulation, and ABS noise and vibration were very subtle.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsOur only comment after driving the MX-5 through the slalom was "Wow, what a car!" The car is capable of entering the slalom at very high speeds, and we found the best way to get a decent time was to enter around 70mph and let the car bleed off speed as it wound its way through the cones. This is mostly due to the fact that the 2.0 engine doesn't make enough power to pull hard out of the cones, especially in fourth gear. Body roll is moderate, but the Mazda exhibits outstanding manners when pushed to the limit. Steering feel is perfect, and when pushed over the line the back end comes out with a hint of oversteer that is easily controlled with throttle modulation.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1050
Temperature (°F)88
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)24 City 30 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)N/A
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)12.7

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2498
Length (in.)157.3
Width (in.)67.7
Height (in.)49
Wheelbase (in.)91.7
Legroom, front (in.)43.1
Legroom, rear (in.)N/A
Headroom, front (in.)37.4
Headroom, rear (in.)N/A
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)5.3 cu. Ft.
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)5.3 cu. Ft.


Bumper-to-bumper4 years / 50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years / 50,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / unlimited mileage
Roadside assistance4 years / 50,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceN/A


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsNot Available
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionStandard
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Tested

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