1994-1997 Mazda Miata|
- Brilliant handling.
- Modern styling, and a convertible top too.
- Compact interior.
- Straight line performance not the most remarkable.
Mazda single-handedly rejuvenated the roadster industry in 1990 with the introduction of the Miata. Its success spawned lacklustre attempts by many other manufacturers from Toyota to BMW. But the original remains the best.
The '90 Miata was relatively underpowered with only a 116 hp 1.6L engine, and it had expensive engine problems. Later on in its life-cycle, it received a new 128 hp 1.8L engine, which eventually produced 133 hp by the time the first generation Miata ceased production. The 1.8L engine is troublefree and gives this roadster a decent amount of power to take on the twisties with more confidence, being possibly the best handling roadster of all time. The pop-up headlights hinder forward visibility a bit, and the plastic rear window gets small scratches with time, hindering rearward visibility, plus the interior is cramped, but these are just minor quirks. The Miata came in various trims such as the M-edition and what not, but all cars had the same engine and mechanical bits.
As mentioned earlier, the later 1.8L engines are troublefree and reliable, so you can make your purchase with confidence.
Price Range : $6,000-$12,000 Get a FREE used car price quote
Engine : 4-cylinder, DOHC, front-engine RWD
Displacement : 1,893 cc
Valve : 16 valves, 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission : 5-spd manual, 4-spd automatic
Fuel economy : city - 23 mpg(manual), 22 mpg(auto)
highway - 29 mpg(manual), 28 mpg(auto)
Horsepower : 128/133 hp @ 6500 rpm('94-'95/'96-'97)
Torque : 110/114 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm('94-'95/'96-'97)
0-60 mph : 8.0 sec.
Curb Weight : 2293-2407 lbs
Overall length : 155.4 in.
Wheelbase : 89.2 in.
Overall Width : 65.9 in.
Height : 48.2 in.