2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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of the 2000 Mazda MX‑5 Miata. Base trim shown.

2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The car that started the roadster revival more than 10 years ago is spruced up for the spring and summer with a Special Edition model. Unique features on the Miata Special Edition include a six-speed manual transmission, parchment-colored leather upholstery, “mahogany mica” paint, a 200-watt Bose audio system and other amenities.

Miata debuted for the 1990 model year as a basic sports car like the British roadsters of the 1950s and 1960s but with Japanese quality and reliability. Though it was redesigned in 1999, the current Miata retains similar dimensions and styling as the original.

Exterior
With an overall length of 155 inches, the Miata is a trim-sized roadster that is about 3 inches shorter than the BMW Z3. It comes with a standard manually folding convertible top that can be raised or lowered from the driver’s seat. The convertible top comes with a glass rear window with a defogger. A removable hardtop is optional.

Interior
The Miata is just 4 feet high, so occupants literally have to drop into the two snug-fitting bucket seats. A simple, functional dashboard places all gauges so they are easy to see and controls are within easy reach.

An optional Convenience Package includes a “windblocker” that mounts behind the seats to reduce turbulence.

Under the Hood
The only engine for the rear-drive Miata is a 140-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Regular models come with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, an...
Vehicle Overview
The car that started the roadster revival more than 10 years ago is spruced up for the spring and summer with a Special Edition model. Unique features on the Miata Special Edition include a six-speed manual transmission, parchment-colored leather upholstery, “mahogany mica” paint, a 200-watt Bose audio system and other amenities.

Miata debuted for the 1990 model year as a basic sports car like the British roadsters of the 1950s and 1960s but with Japanese quality and reliability. Though it was redesigned in 1999, the current Miata retains similar dimensions and styling as the original.

Exterior
With an overall length of 155 inches, the Miata is a trim-sized roadster that is about 3 inches shorter than the BMW Z3. It comes with a standard manually folding convertible top that can be raised or lowered from the driver’s seat. The convertible top comes with a glass rear window with a defogger. A removable hardtop is optional.

Interior
The Miata is just 4 feet high, so occupants literally have to drop into the two snug-fitting bucket seats. A simple, functional dashboard places all gauges so they are easy to see and controls are within easy reach.

An optional Convenience Package includes a “windblocker” that mounts behind the seats to reduce turbulence.

Under the Hood
The only engine for the rear-drive Miata is a 140-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Regular models come with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, and the Special Edition comes only with a six-speed manual.

Performance
The engine is rather loud, the ride is pretty stiff, and the Miata can’t keep pace with more performance-oriented sports cars. However, it is still fun to drive, reasonably priced and designed in classic sports car style. There was nothing else like it when it arrived as a 1990 model. Even with several other roadsters crowding the market, the Miata still stands out as a great value.

 
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(3.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Most fun car to drive

by tomcopeland from Henderson, NV on July 30, 2018

This is definitely the most fun car I have ever driven. I have driven a BMW convertible and while it has more power, it is just not as responsive and fun to drive. The Miata is also very low ... Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable, FUN, amazing design

by DKeys88 from Hollister, MO on July 28, 2018

My Miata has been the most reliable and fun car I have ever owned. I have had the car for many years, and have literally never had to spend money on repairs other than basic maintenance (brakes, tires... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2000 Mazda MX-5 Miata currently has 1 recall

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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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