2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Review, Prices, Comparisons, Pictures
The Miata was updated for 2010 and is essentially unchanged for 2011. If buyers liked it then, they’ll like it now. The MX-5 suspension has always been a bit "stiff," and Mazda continues this tradition in the 2011 models. Mazda designers reportedly want drivers to feel the road, and there is no denying that drivers will feel it as they power into a curve in this sleek, low-bodied roadster. Mazda conceptualizes this fun ride as "Jinba Ittai," which in Japanese translates to "a feeling of oneness with the horse," or perhaps with all 170 horses in this case.
Although the MX-5 can be purchased with various options such as leather seats and audio speakers in the head rests, there really aren’t a lot of fancy bells or whistles in this design. It’s a car with a very pure and simple objective: it’s designed to be fast and fun to drive. If drivers are looking for fast and fun at a price a working man can afford, then Mazda is waiting. If they want a fast and fun luxury car and have an extra $10,000 or so lying around, then they should probably head to a BMW lot instead to check out the Miata’s sophisticated sister, the Z.
Overall, the 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata remains an outstanding choice for driving enthusiasts. It is a reliable vehicle, gets great gas mileage, and its agility and nimbleness make it a dream to drive. According to US News data, the Miata holds its value longer than other sports cars.
Most independent reviews post the Mazda MX-5 Miata as simply the best sports car available at this price point, which is thousands less than its nearest competitor. The 2010 model earned the "Top Recommendation" from Consumer Reports, the "Best Buy" from Consumer Guide and "Best Sports Car for the Money" from US News’ rankings and reviews. Because the 2011 model is essentially unchanged from the previous year, buyers can expect the same satisfaction that others have received from owning the 2010 model.