What's New for 2014:
- Sporty convertible carries over from previous year
- Rear-wheel-drive (RWD) roadster offers choice of hard or soft top
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a small, sporty 2-seat rear-wheel-drive convertible, now celebrating its 25th year. An all-new model is rumored for the 2016 model year, but the 2014 model carries over from the previous year with no significant changes. The Miata's main competitors are small convertibles, including the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper roadster, as well as \"pony cars\" such as the Ford Mustang. It's available in three trim levels: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. Available colors include two blacks, two reds, dark grey, silver, or (at a surcharge) crystal white pearl.
Models and Features
Standard features of the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata include 16-in. aluminum alloy wheels, halogen headlights with projector-type low beams, halogen fog lights, a black vinyl convertible top, cloth-trimmed seats, air conditioning, power windows and locks, leather-wrapped steering wheel, trip computer, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and a 6-speaker sound system. The Club trim level, which was introduced for the 2013 model year, features a sport soft top, 17-in. aluminum alloy wheels, shock tower brace, power door locks with 2-stage unlocking, steering wheel-mounted controls, sport-tuned suspension, Club badging and graphics, black power mirrors, and black cloth seats with red stitching. The Grand Touring trim level has all the Club features plus a black or Spicy Mocha cloth convertible top, 17-in. silver aluminum-alloy wheels, xenon HID headlights, keyless entry and start system, Bluetooth connectivity (which is not available on the lower trim levels), satellite radio, painted silver seat back bar trim, automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, leather-trimmed heated seats, and a Bose audio system. Both the Club and the Grand Touring offer a body-colored power-retractable hard top.
Options and Packages
The Miata Sport's Convenience package contains most of the Club's upgrades. An Appearance package for the Grand Touring includes a front air dam and rear underskirt. Paint protection film and various accessories are available.
Under the Hood
The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a RWD vehicle. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter, DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with variable valve timing that makes 158 horsepower and 140 lb.-ft. of torque with an automatic transmission. The Sport trim level offers a choice of a 5-speed manual transmission (which boosts the engine's power to 167 horsepower) or a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The Club and Grand Touring trim levels come with either a 6-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter or a 6-speed automatic.
According to the EPA, the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata gets 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined with the 5-speed manual transmission. With the 6-speed manual, combined mpg drops to 24, and with the automatic transmission, to 23.
Safety Ratings and Technology
Standard safety equipment on the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata includes anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, advanced dual front air bags, side air bags, side-impact door beams, and anti-theft engine immobilizer. An anti-theft alarm is optional.
As of this writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has yet issued safety ratings for the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata.