2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

J.D. Power Award Recipient
Find Another Mazda MX-5 Miata
21 CITY / 28 HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability


What's New for 2012:
  • Stability and traction control are standard on all models

    Exterior Features
    The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a 2-seat roadster offered in three trim levels. All come standard with a manually operated vinyl soft top that includes a glass rear window, while a power-retractable hardtop is available on the two upper trim levels. Standard equipment includes 16-inch cast-aluminum wheels.

    Interior Features
    Standard features on the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata include a 6-speaker sound system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and power windows and mirrors.

    Optional Features
    The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata offers a number of options in packages for the upper trim levels, including 17-inch wheels, fog lights, cruise control, power door locks, keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, trip computer, leather-wrapped shift knob, leather upholstery, heated seats, 7-speaker Bose audio system, Xenon headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, and satellite radio. The Appearance package includes many of those options plus a unique front spoiler and rocker sills.

    Under the Hood
    The 2012 MX-5 Miata is powered by a 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 167 horsepower and mated with a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed transmission. A 6-speed automatic transmission is available, but reduces power to 158 horsepower.

    Fuel Economy
    EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata are:
    • MX-5 Miata with 5-speed manual transmission: 22/28/24 mpg (city/highway/combined)
      • MX-5 Miata with either 6-speed manual or automatic transmission: 21/28/24 mpg

        Standard safety equipment on the 2012 MX-5 Miata includes side air bags and stability and traction control.

        To date, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have tested the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata.


J.D. Power Ratings

Automotive Performance Execution and Layout
Overall Performance and Design?
Features and Instrument Panel?
Initial Quality Study
Features & Accessories Quality - Mechanical?
Body & Interior Quality - Design?
Body & Interior Quality - Mechanical?
Overall Quality - Design?
Overall Quality - Mechanical?
Powertrain Quality - Design?
Features & Accessories Quality - Design?
Overall Quality?
Powertrain Quality - Mechanical?

Power Circle Scoring Legend:

Among the best
Better than most
About average
The rest
*Please note that JDPower.com Power Circle Ratings may not include all information used to determine J.D. Power awards. Learn more about how J.D. Power Ratings are calculated.

The Latest Mazda Articles:

Mazda makes subtle yet significant improvements to every single model in its lineup. The biggest update is a re-engineered Mazda 6 sedan, which is improved in nearly every way.
Mazda refines its two car models—the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 6—and redesigns the popular CX-5 crossover SUV for the 2017 model year. Find out what else is new...
Mazda’s certified pre-owned (CPO) program vehicles blend qualities of new and used with an added level of protection, good savings for depreciation, and confidence about the real history of the vehicle.
A completely redesigned Mazda CX-9 3-row crossover SUV finally arrives, shown for the first time at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Mazda has expanded its lineup for the 2016 model year, introducing the CX-3 compact crossover. A new Miata roadster hits the streets, as well. Find out what's new for each 2016 Mazda car and SUV in our new car buyer's guide.
The 2016 Mazda 6 is a midsize sedan offered in Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring trim levels. Mazda makes numerous changes to the 2016 model.
With few exceptions, 2015 is a year of transition for Mazda, as the company unveiled redesigned versions of a couple of its key players for the 2014 model year and has already announced plans for all-new and totally revamped 2016 models. Find out what's new for the entire 2015 Mazda lineup...
There's a new breed of crossover SUV, and the 2016 Mazda CX-3 exemplifies it.
In the grand scheme of things, Mazda may not be the largest automaker on the block, but it is certainly drawing some attention with its revitalized 2014 lineup.
Revising a winning formula is risky business, but that's exactly what Mazda has done with what the company says is its best-selling model.