2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Not Rated
Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

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Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Compact Sporty Car of 2012

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Compact Sporty Car
#3 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata after 90-days of ownership.
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Vehicle's handling on curves
  • The vehicle's heating and air conditioning

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Amount of trunk/hatch space
  • Quietness of the vehicle interior
  • Flexibility of seat configurations

Performance Specs

MPG City

21 - 22




158 - 167


5 speed, Manual w/OD, 6 speed, Automatic w/OD, 6 speed, Manual w/OD


Gas I4


Rear Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

Mazda MX-5 Miata hangs steady as the hands-down favorite of enthusiasts who demand nothing shy of total driving truth. Performance wise the MX-5 Miata is definitely engineered to get all the right sensations popping in your head. Starting with a free-revving 16-valve 2.0-liter DOHC VVT engine that kicks out an assertive 167 horse power and 7200-rpm redline. All the while grabbing a pump-taunting 28 miles per gallon highway. Its newly revised track-tuned independent suspension results in handling that borders on telepathic. And its 4-wheel disc brakes—complete with ABS Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and reinforced brake lines—help ensure linear fade-resistant stops. The interior of the MX-5 Miata incites visceral anticipation in its most meticulously upholstered form. Automatic climate control and steering-wheel-mounted controls for both the stereo and cruise control come standard on the Touring and Grand Touring. A Bose® 7-speaker design features patented AudioPilot® technology that cancels distracting ambient road noise. There’s even Bluetooth® hands-free phone capability and Advanced Keyless Entry & Start available. The MX-5 Miata Power Retractable Hard Top disappears in 12 seconds when you push a button. The 2012 MX-5 Miata: Exhilaration comes standard!

J.D. Power Award Winner

Quality Award Winner

Awarded to the brands/models with the fewest problems reported per 100 owners during the first 90 days of ownership
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata JD Power Award Winner
2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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