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2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

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Car reviews are often peppered with track-day jargon like "understeer," "heel-and-toe downshifting," "steering feel" and the like. If you're like most people, reviews of this nature are about as relevant to your driving habits as a comparison test of racing helmets. The average convertible buyer wants to have fun within reason: squealing tires are to be avoided, and comfort is not to be sacrificed on the altar of performance. For this demographic, the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the perfect affordable roadster.

Note that "affordable" is a relative term here. With a sticker price of more than $29,000, our Grand Touring test car was within shouting distance of the high-performance Honda S2000, which starts at $35,000 and is widely available in lightly used condition for less than a new MX-5 Grand Touring. The MX-5 is frankly a more appealing proposition in the base SV trim, which undercuts our test car's price by more than $7,000. Nonetheless, some may be willing to shell out the extra cash for niceties like leather upholstery, heated seats and a Bose stereo — and for them, the MX-5 Grand Touring likely won't disappoint.

Sweetening the deal is the Miata's stem-to-stern rejuvenation for 2009. The exterior styling has been freshened, the interior has been spruced up a bit, and the powertrain and suspension have received notable revisions. The new sport suspension package (Touring and Grand Touring only) left us wanting more in hard driving, but we couldn't argue with our MX-5's agreeable ride. As for the powertrain, it's the most engaging setup you'll find short of an S2000: The reworked engine winds out to 7,600 rpm like a sport bike while still providing respectable midrange torque, and the quicker you shift the marvelously precise six-speed manual, the better it feels.

The 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring rides nicely, its slick convertible top operates with minimal fuss and its engine and shifter are a dynamic duo. As long as you don't treat every apex like it's part of a racetrack, the MX-5 is the roadster of choice at this price point.

Used 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

The Used 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata is offered in the following submodels: MX-5 Miata Convertible. Available styles include Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Sport 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SV 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Grand Touring 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Grand Touring 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Grand Touring 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Touring 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and Touring 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 6A). Pre-owned Mazda MX-5 Miata models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 167 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual, 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What's a good price on a Used 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

Price comparisons for Used 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata trim styles:

  • The Used 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring is priced between $16,590 and$19,590 with odometer readings between 23646 and83645 miles.
  • The Used 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport is priced between $16,990 and$16,990 with odometer readings between 67699 and67699 miles.
  • The Used 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata Touring is priced between $18,990 and$18,990 with odometer readings between 25965 and25965 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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