Flash Drive

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata

25th Anniversary Mazda MX-5Model Tested: 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring Power Hardtop 

Engine: 2.0-liter I-4, 167 horsepower 140 lb-ft torque 

Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission rear-wheel-drive 

EPA Ratings: 21/City—28/Highway—24/Combined 

Base Price: $29,450 

As Tested: $32,285 


A go-kart with air conditioning and a retractable hardtop

Super nimble and responsive

More fun to drive than most congested highways will allow

Perfect for long drives on country roads

Strong acceleration

Excellent six-speed manual transmission 


Great for people sized like the car, snug for taller folks

Five-temp heated seats great for chilly open air driving

Passenger footwell is too tight to fit shoes under dash

Passenger side is even tighter than driver’s side for tall people

Trick retractable hardtop for all-weather driving


People don’t buy Miatas for practicality or utility

Very small interior storage areas

Very small trunk—pack lightly 

WOW Factors:

The Miata fun formula is finely tuned

It’s the world’s best-selling sports car

Crazy fun on the right roads

Power retractable hardtop is slick and quick 


Small sun visors

Limited storage 

Bottom Line:

The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the fun little sports car the British wish they had built in the sixties. It has all the legendary fun supported by modern technology, safety, and comfort. The Mazda Miata is loaded with smiles.