2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata – Still A Superb Roadster

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata – Still A Superb Roadster
First Look:

The elemental charm of Mazda Miata has been thrilling the sports car fanatics for more than two decades now. The first Mazda Miata reminded of 1960s’ British roadsters, but in addition the Mazda also came with a rigid chassis, an engine which didn’t mark its province with oil, steadfast electrics and a soft top, which was rather easy to operate and definitely will not be a test for your patience.

The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata that we are covering now is the third generation of the car, and it continues to offer pretty much the same, but this time along with a responsive steering, superb handling and a reasonable price and a happy-to-rev power plant. The 2011 MX-5 Miata has not changed a little bit in comparison to previous years model. We think that the car is just perfect for modern consumers and are sure that many of you will agree to us as well.

What’s New for 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata has not changed a bit in its third generation, and is pretty much the same like its previous years model.

 Body Styling and Features:

The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in a single body style of a 2-seat roadster, and is available in 3 trim levels: base Sport, nicely equipped Touring and premium Grand Touring. All the trims gets a manually functioning soft top, though you can get a power-retractable hardtop (PRHT) with the top two models of the car.

The standard features for the Sport trim of 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata includes 16 in cast-aluminum wheels, air-conditioning, a black vinyl convertible top having a glass rear window, a 6 speaker sound system having an auxiliary jack and a CD/MP3 player,  cloth seats, a leather-swathed steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat and power mirrors and windows.

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata – Still A Superb Roadster
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata – Still A Superb Roadster

Go for the touring model and you can get 17 in alloy wheels, foglights, a shock tower brace for the front suspension, power door locks, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless entry, a 6 CD changer, a trip computer, a leather-swathed shift knob and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.

The Grand Turing further gets you an option of beige or black cloth top, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a 7 speaker Bose audio system, heated seats and silver interior accents. The PRHT models come loaded with just the same equipments.

Most of the optional equipments for the car are offered by means of packages. The base Sport models could be obtained with the Convenience package which includes plenty of the Touring package upgrades, while the Grand Touring and Touring models comes with a Suspension package, which can easily enhance the already lively handling of the car. The Suspension package comes with a sport-tuned suspension having a limited-slip differential and Bilstein shocks.

The top of the line Grand Touring trim could be obtained with the Premium package, which could be obtained with keyless entry/ignition, stability control, satellite radio, xenon headlights and Bluetooth. There also is an Appearance package, which will get you complete rocker sills and different front spoiler.

Under The Hood:

The power for 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes from a 2.0 ltr inline-4 engine, which generates maximum power of 167 hp and 140 lbs-ft of maximum torque. The maximum power output with automatic transmission comes to 158 bhp. The standard transmission on Sport models is a 5-speed manual transmission, while a 6 speed manual transmission remains standard for Grand Touring and Touring models. All the models come with an option of a 6 speed automatic transmission having shift paddles on its steering wheel.

In our performance testing the 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata equipped with 5 speed manual transmission sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in an impressively quick 6.9 seconds. The estimated fuel economy for the car is also rather impressive and the car delivered an estimated Fuel economy of 22 mpg in city and 28 mpg on highway, it comes to a combined fuel economy of 24 mpg with the 5 speed manual. Go for the 6 speed automatic and manual transmission and the fuel efficiency will change only by 1 mpg in city mileage.

Safety Equipments:

The standard safety equipments for the 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata include side airbags and antilock disc brakes. You also can get Stability control, but that’s available only on the Grand Touring model.

Verdict:

The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata remains one of the finest roadsters to ever enter the market, and blends excitement, refinement and comfort in an affordable package.