1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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of the 1996 Mazda MX‑5 Miata. Base trim shown.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Simply one of the best cars a car guy could own.

by IanB from Orange Park, Florida on September 14, 2017

This is the first car I ever bought with my own money. I was 18 and paid $1,300 for a rough and clearly abused M Edition with 170,700 miles on it. I've had to put some work into it, getting the air ... Read full review

(4.0)

Tons of Fun

by Z619 from Andover, MN on August 17, 2017

Our 1996 Miata is in like new condition. The previous owner made it very easy to WANT this vehicle. It might be a little short on leg room for someone 6'2" but the ride is worth it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 1996 Mazda MX-5 Miata currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MX-5 Miata received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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