• (4.5) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,349–$16,105
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 178-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
  • Seats: 2
2005 Mazda MazdaSpeed Miata MX-5

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 Mazda MazdaSpeed Miata MX-5

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Engine noise
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Snug cockpit

Notable Features

  • Turbocharged 178-hp four-cylinder
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Convertible body style
  • RWD

2005 Mazda MazdaSpeed Miata MX-5 Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Mazda is the automaker most responsible for the sports-car revolution of the 1990s, and the MX-5 Miata continues to provide driving entertainment at a moderate price. For 2005, Mazda's rear-wheel-drive two-seat sports car remains available in base and LS trim levels, and a six-speed-manual transmission can be installed.

Performance-minded roadster fans now have a stronger choice, though. During the 2004 model year, Mazda introduced a high-performance Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata with a turbocharged engine that generates 178 horsepower rather than the usual 142 hp. Offered only with a six-speed-manual transmission, the Mazdaspeed model rides on 17-inch tires and has a body that's been lowered by 7 millimeters.

The company says more than 1,000 parts were modified to create the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata. A Bosch torque-sensing limited-slip differential is installed.

A new Grand Touring edition of the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata arrived for the 2005 model year and features leather upholstery rather than the cloth seating of the base model. Mazdaspeed is the in-house performance arm of Mazda.

The Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata exhibits an amalgamation of curves that are offset by few straight lines. The manual-folding fabric top has a glass back window with a defogger. A wind-blocker panel is included.

The sport-tuned fully independent suspension in the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata includes shorter springs with increased rates, larger front and rear stabilizer bars, and Mazdaspeed-tuned Bilstein shock absorbers. A rear-deck spoiler, an under-spoiler and a large exhaust tip are standard. Fog lamps are recessed into the front under-spoiler. A $1,500 detachable hardtop is optional.

Cloth bucket seats are used in the regular Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata, while leather upholstery is installed in the Grand Touring edition. A black vinyl top is standard, and a black cloth roof is available on the Grand Touring model. Because the car is only 4 feet tall, occupants have to drop down into the seats. The driver faces a simple dashboard, and all the controls and gauges are within easy reach. Standard equipment includes a 225-watt Bose six-speaker AM/FM radio with an in-dash six-CD changer. Sirius Satellite Radio can be installed.

Under the Hood
Beneath the Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata's hood sits a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 178 hp at 6,000 rpm and 166 pounds-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine teams with a six-speed-manual transmission.

All-disc antilock brakes are standard. Second-generation front airbags include a key-operated deactivation switch for the passenger side.

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 8 reviews

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Love my Mazda Miata

by StuC from Boston on September 28, 2017

Great car. Love its performance and pep. Love the size - fits me well. Mazda Miatas are such great performance and handling cars.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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