1994 MX-5 Miata

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1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata

$2,437 - $9,749  MSRP Range
1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Review Score

4.9 out of 5 stars

4.9

7 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
3.6 out of 5 stars Comfort
5 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.1 out of 5 stars Interior Design
5 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.7 out of 5 stars Performance
4.4 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Sold MGTD to buy Miata

by Whit from Quincy (Boston area) MA on Fri Mar 11 2011

I heard Miatas were called MGA's with reliability. It's true. They're fun to drive, with quick response, good acceleration, and good looks. They're enjoyable for a trip of moderate length (Mine even has speakers in the headrests to overcome wind noise. I would certainly buy another.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

performance and value

by robindoe from South Eastern South Dakota on Mon Oct 10 2011

The MX-5 is a thrill a minute to drive. Handeling is top notch, the Miata makes it's power at the 4000 rpm range and above. Could use a 6th gear as your running 3700 rpm at 75 mph. Smooth shifting easy throws. Top is simple to raise and lower, some wind noise as you would expect. Driving this you are looking up at everybody including Harleys as you pass by. Car is very dependable, fun inexpensive to own and operate. This is our 2nd Miata, enjoy.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

A sportscar to LOVE!

by Elaine from Mesa, AZ on Fri Apr 09 2010

I moved to AZ a year before my husband for a job that required relocation and I brought our black '94 Miata to drive during that period and what a WONDERFUL TIME I had driving Arizona's highways and byways. Corners beautifully, 32 miles to the gallon, and with the hardtop is very elegant looking and with the fabric top down is perfect for our sunny AZ weather.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Great Car

by Baby Boomer from New York on Sat Sep 07 2013

I owned a Miata for nearly 10 years and absolutely loved it. Aging joints (on ME!) caused us to part ways, but if I could have been agile enough to keep it, I would own it until the end. A bit noisy, but that was easily remedied with some strategically place sound proofing materials. A great memory of a Fiat Spider I owned way back when, only far more dependable and water tight!

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

A True Driver's Car

by nashVegas from Cookeville, TN on Sat Jun 21 2014

I had owned a '91 Miata in the mid '90s and while it's handling made it a blast to drive, it was a bit underpowered. In '94, they solved this problem with the 1.8 liter engine. I think this is the sweet spot of the Miata experience because shortly thereafter, they replaced the true sport car rack and pinion steering with power steering, began sizing up the outside and oddly, sizing down the inside. I have owned a '66 Triumph TR4 and last model of the MGB and these cars were a blast to drive but stunningly unreliable. The Miata is just like an MGB except it works. The top is the easiest to put up and take down of any ragtop I've owned, including the power top on my BMW 325i. Just driving it to the corner market will put a grin on your face. I've owned 45 cars, including a number of high end imports, many sporty, some pure muscle and this little, unassuming car is hands down the most fun to drive. I lucked into a '94, garage kept, literally by a little old lady, with 50k miles. I hope to continue to enjoy it as long as she did, until they took her kicking and screaming to the nursing home.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Uses car for Having fun

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5 out of 5 stars

In the family

by happy owner from San Jose, CA on Thu Jul 23 2009

Leased 1994 "R version" Miata for son at college graduation. He put 35K miles on it in 3 years. Bought it from dealer off lease for $10K in 1997. It has 96K miles on it today. Still gets over 30 MPG on the road and peppey as ever. Stock except Jackson Racing cold air induction, header and exhaust system. No engine repairs yet. Origional red paint and top. Still fun to enjoy the California sun at age 66!

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

It's a Miata!

by BobQ from Cleveland, OH on Thu Oct 05 2017

Everyone should own one. They are so cheap (mine was $3k rust free) and easy to maintain. Even in stock form, just an amazingly fun car to drive on the edge or on a cruise. The best car I've ever owned. A perfect second car to make you happy. Also huge communities with all the support and comrade you could ask for. Do I recommend this car? Yes! All the time, to everyone I know and everyone that asks me about it.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

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Our Take on the 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata

I never thought I would meet a Mazda Miata I couldn't like.

Then came this week's test car, the Miata R, one of two limited edition models Mazda is peddling this year.

The other special car, the Miata M Edition, is a fully loaded luxury machine costing $22,000 and change. It's basically the same as the black-and-red special edition Miata I tested last year, but with a new color scheme and some minor trim changes.

The Miata R, however, has no luxury items at all.

The R after the Miata name stands for racing. And that means most items that don't contribute to the car's ability to go, stop and turn have been left off.

Hard to steer, noisy over rough roads and somewhat uncomfortable, the Miata... Read More