For Fun on Four Wheels, Try the 2014 Mazda Miata MX-5
The Mazda Miata has been known as Mazda’s answer to the Porsche lineup as a great two-seater roadster that offers a lot of performance and fun in a very small package. The 2014 MX-5 model is no different with recognizable styling the MX-5 is really easy to fall in love with. Instead of breaking the bank or taking out a second mortgage, the Miata lineup has always come in as an affordable car leaving plenty of cash in the bank to allow for fun while driving this nimble and agile machine built for fun.
Even though the Miata is never going to beat any Porsche on the track, this car is built to be quick, highly responsive, and offer a great appeal to both men and women. A light and easy to drive roaster the MX-5 offers the front-engine rear-wheel drive set up that is coveted for small roadsters but is often missing.
The only changes made for 2014 are the addition of three new colors to choose from, otherwise Mazda chose to not mess with a good thing, which is probably a very wise decision. According to Mazda Sacramento, the drive in a Miata MX-5 is perfection in motion. With light, easy, nimble, agile and any number of other adjectives that can describe the driving experience the Miata is nothing short of an absolute joy to drive. Being able to drive this car after a long day at work will put a smile on the face of anyone who has been soured by the day; allowing them to enjoy the drive home.
Coming in at around 2,500 pounds and offering a fully independent suspension as well as highly engineered steering and braking the Miata is sophisticated when it comes to the drive, but still comically fun when inside driving, especially with the top down. Any owner will find themselves seeking out as many curvy and hilly roads as they can just to have a bit more fun with the car, and this does make an awesome car to go out for a date in.
Offering a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine and remembering the light weight of the car the engine offers 167 horsepower when a manual transmission is chosen and 158 for an automatic. This is ample power to make this hungry cat growl down the road. Once again great refinements are found in the gear box; with short throws either the five-speed or six-speed manual transmissions would be the best choice to really fully enjoy the driving experience. A six-speed automatic is also available for anyone who is not able to operate a manual transmission. The fuel economy when paired with these transmissions comes in at 22 city/28 hwy mpg for the five-speed manual, 21 city/28 hwy mpg for the six-speed manual and 21 city/28 hwy mpg for the six-speed automatic.
As a small car, not everyone is going to fit in the Miata, but for those that do the cabin is fun and easy to work with. All controls area within easy reach and the steering wheel and seats give a look of race quality to add to the excitement of driving this great little car. With upholstery covered in very nice materials the Miata can be outfitted with a Bose audio system and automatic climate control for those top up days on the road. Surprisingly the trunk does offer enough space for some luggage or a few bags of groceries to allow enjoyment while performing errands or hitting the road for a vacation.
With a highly athletic appearance and sporty styling, the outside of the Miata is recognizable and has been for a very long time. The retractable roof is easy to close needing only one had, but a fully automatic option is available and if chosen does not impede on the limited trunk space at all. With beautiful lines and curves all over the car anyone would be hard pressed to not be completely impressed and enamored with the Miata. Adding a few well positioned chrome accents and excellent spoked wheels finishes the whole package that simple screams one word to all around it “fun”.
The base Sport trim of the Miata MX-5 offers a nice list of standard features including the five-speed manual transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, electronic stability and traction control, fog lights, air conditioning, power windows, a glass rear window with defogger, and an audio system. The Grand Touring model adds 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control, heated seats, leather upholstery, and a Bose audio system. The Club model adds a sport-tuned suspension package, front air dam, rear underskirt, and several trim and appearance items. No matter which trim level is chose, the Miata MX-5 is well-equipped and continues to march to the tune of its one underlying theme of fun.
Many of the optional features are simply upgrades base on the trim level chosen starting with the six-speed automatic transmission which is available on all trim levels and continuing with the Convenience Package that includes keyless entry, cruise control, power door locks as an option for the Sport that is standard on the other two trims. The retractable hardtop is not available on the Sport trim, but is for the other trim levels. The Premium Package, offered only on the Grand Touring model, adds some higher end convenience features and the Appearance Package adds the front air dam and rear underskirt to either the Grand Touring or Sport trims. The Suspension Package is also available for the Grand Touring model. The stand-alone features include a rear spoiler, SiriusXM and an in-dash six-disc CD changer.
The opening price point for the Sport trim is around $24,000 and for the Grand Touring automatic starts around $29,000. The Club trim comes in around $29,000 to start and a loaded Grand Touring model can end up around $34,000. Overall this makes the 2014 Miata MX-5 a very affordable roadster that offers fun from the front grill to the rear trunk lid.