Mazda MX-5 Miata: "Girl's Car" or Not?
The 2011 Mazda Miata
Performance, Fuel-Efficiency, Price - The Perfect Mix?
Have you looked at the new Mazda MX-5 Miata? Sure, we all know the Miata as a cute 2-seat convertible that comes at an affordable price. But did you realize how fuel-efficient it is? Despite the fact that you'll have 158 to 167 hp available, the 2.0L inline 4 still delivers 28 mpg on the highway. No doubt, the Miata doesn't have the monster horsepower numbers of other sports cars, but it comes loaded with a factor that's hard to quantify: it's fun as heck to drive.
And not only that, the Miata handles like a champ. Don't believe it? Look up the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Spec Miata Series - this little rear-wheel drive convertible is the most popular production-based race car in the US! For all you males out there who are hesitant to drive a Miata because it's too small and not manly enough, the Miata's racing pedigree and heritage may persuade you otherwise.
Naturally, this isn't just about performance. We need to consider the Miata's reliability and IIHS crash ratings. Compared with various other convertibles, the Miata boasts above average dependability, and safety is thought to be good.
How much do all of these features cost? Don't be surprised to spend $29,500 for a top of the line Miata, although prices start at only $22,960.
Mazda Miata: "Girl's Car?"
Do you think the Miata is a "girl's car?"
Mazda Miata MX-5 Resources
- Car Loans New Jersey
Live in NJ and need to get your Miata financed? This is the #1 resource for those who need to an auto loan in New Jersey.
- New York Auto Loans
Alternatively, if you live in NY and need an auto loan for your Miata, look no further than this site: Auto Loans of New York.
- Spec Miata : The Official Spec Miata Community
This is the official site for the SCCA Spec Miata racing series mentioned above. Spec racing means that all of the cars must adhere to strict, identical specifications (kind of like NASCAR).
- The Top 5: Cheap RWD Cars
The Miata makes my list of the top RWD cars that won't break the bank.