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By Cars.com Staff
October 20, 2011
The two-seat Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster has been around for more than 20 years. Much has changed over the decades, including the disappearance of the Miata name from the car's exterior in 2006 as part of a redesign. The Miata name has since returned, but what hasn't changed is the formula: small, lightweight and affordable.
New for 2012 An electronic stability system is now standard, but there are no other significant changes.
Exterior Exterior features include:
Exhaust pipes flush with rear bumper
Standard 16-inch wheels
Optional 17-inch wheels
Optional power-retractable hardtop
Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights
Interior The MX-5 Miata is small, but the two-seat configuration provides more driver space than expected. Interior features include:
Standard air conditioning
Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel
Standard cloth upholstery
Optional leather seats
Optional heated seats
Optional steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls
Under the Hood A 2.0-liter four-cylinder powers the MX-5 Miata with 158 horsepower when teamed with the optional six-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with the five- or six-speed manual, it produces 167 hp. The difference comes from a higher redline with the manual: 7,200 rpm rather than 6,700 rpm with the automatic. Mechanical features include:
Intake runner tuned to provide a sporty sound
Safety The MX-5 Miata has the mandated front airbags, and the passenger's airbag can be deactivated. Safety features include:
Standard side-impact airbags
Standard antilock disc brakes
Standard electronic stability system with traction control
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