Mazda MX-5 Miata 

  • $25k
  • 2006
  • 170 HP 2.0L
  • 130 mph
She also knows that she loves the Miata's "right-now handling, the rev pitch during gear changes, and the guitar-friendlystorage binnacle aft of the seatbacks.
by MotorTrend (Nov, 2007)
When the third-generation MX-5 arrived last fall, we fell in love with Mazda's roadster all over again.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2006)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Mazda MX-5 Miata

0-60mph

MX-5 Miata
6.8 s
Golf R Golf
9.56 s

Top speed

MX-5 Miata
130 mph
Supra Turbo
156 mph
Nissan 350Z
155 mph

0-100mph

MX-5 Miata
19.5 s
Supra Turbo
12.3 s
Solstice GXP
13.1 s

1/4 mile

MX-5 Miata
16.3 s
Supra Turbo
13.7 s
Solstice GXP
13.7 s

Data points Key details of the Mazda MX-5 Miata

Price

MX-5 Miata
$25k
Focus SVT
$18k

Horsepower

MX-5 Miata
170 HP
Supra Turbo
322 HP
Nissan 350Z
283 HP

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Powertrain

Mechanicals include a 170-horsepower, 2.0-liter four, backed by a six-speed manual transmission.
by MotorTrend (Sep, 2006)
For 2006, Mazda offers a new automatic transmission in the MX-5, with six speeds and manumatic shifting via paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2006)
As a result, the automatic's acceleration times are relatively close to those of the six-speed manual MX-5 we tested in the October 2005 issue.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2006)

Performance

C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 8.1 sec Zero to 100 mph: 26.0 sec Street start, 5–60 mph: 9.4 sec Standing 1/4-mile: 16.3 sec @ 83 mph Top speed (drag limited): 121 mph Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad 0.88 g.
by Car and Driver (Feb, 2001)
Mazda also did a great job tuning the torque converter.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2006)
It's easy to get a strong launch from a standstill by using a little brake torque.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2006)

Handling

The steering column and the dash are now a little higher off the floor, so there's more room to shuffle your feet, and your knees don't butt against the now-tilting steering column.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)
It still feels light and nimble—graceful even—and the controls have a delicate, precise feel that's just about unmatched today.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)
The MX-5 is all-new for 2006: The platform, structure, engine, suspension, exterior design, cabin, and steering have been completely redesigned or significantly revised, qualifying it for Motor Trend's Car of the Year competition, where it proved impressive enough to merit a longer look.
by MotorTrend (Sep, 2006)

Transmission

There's now a standard wind blocker between the headrests, but the MX-5 is still a roadster that delightfully lets the wind in.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)
That's even more impressive when you consider that this car didn't have the Bilstein shocks and limited-slip diff that make up the optional suspension package that's only available with the six-speed manual.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2006)
Getting the manual top down is even easier.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)

Interior

The result is a roomier interior that now has 50 cubic feet of space instead of 46.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)
Miatas built with 16-inch wheels also get structural reinforcements under the cockpit.
by Car and Driver (Feb, 2001)
Don’t look for heated seats, although Mazda says it may offer them sometime in the future.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)

In The News From around the web

10
Dec

Mazda MX-5 Miata

www.supercars.net
Significant key updates include: - Fresh, modern interior and exterior designs - Slightly larger exterior dimensions - new 2.0-liter MZR engine - advanced front mid-ship layout The sophisticated new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine s mounted front mid-ship, for ideal handling balance and nimbleness.
The sophisticated new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine s mounted front mid-ship, for ideal handling balance and nimbleness.
15
Sep

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Top Speed

www.topspeed.com
A newly designed aero board located between the seat back hoops is taller than before and perforated to slow down reverse-flow air that rushes into the cockpit.
Paddles mounted behind the steering wheel command upshifts while buttons positioned on the spokes are used for downshifts.
27
Feb

2006 Mazda Miata MX-5

AutomobileMag News
In the meantime, we look forward to hearing what you think about the latest version of the car that is Mazda's heart and soul.
First, we need to drive the Miata, which happens in June.
27
Feb

2006 Mazda Miata MX-5

AutomobileMag News
Instead, the Ibuki was a conglomeration of hints, like its body shape that abandoned the tight-waisted, Coke-bottle profile of the first two MX-5 generations in favor of a swelling, slab-sided approach to create more interior room; the hood with its RX-8-style indent and the unhesitating sweep of its leading-edge curve; and the location of the engine five inches farther aft to improve weight distribution and thus handling.
Both five- and six-speed manual transmissions will be offered, boasting short, positive throws and triple-cone synchronizers for the first four gears to help reduce engagement forces.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Mazda
Price $24,500
Year 2006
City mileage 24 MPG
Highway mileage 30 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 14.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 170 HP @ 6,700 RPM
Maximum torque 140 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Max RPM 6,700 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 2,000 cc
Cylinders I4
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Bore/stroke 3.44 in / 3.27 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

road tests

Top speed 130 mph
1/4 mile 16.3 s
0-60mph 6.8 s
0-100mph 19.5 s

transmission

Drivetrain RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears
Axle ratio 4.1:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 432/? 178
Rear wheels 432/? 178

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,474 lb
Width 67.7 in
Height 49 in
Length 157.3 in
Front track width 58.7 in
Wheelbase 91.7 in
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