2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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Key Specs
Our Take
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Key Specs

of the 2008 Mazda MX‑5 Miata. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Engine:
    166-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Seating:
    2 Seats
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling
  • Six-speed manual
  • Quick hardtop operation
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Same trunk size with top up and down

The Bad

  • Confining cabin
  • Dwarfed by other vehicles
  • Cruise control optional
  • Power locks and windows optional
  • Sirius is only satellite radio offering

Notable Features of the 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • Soft-top or power-retractable hardtop
  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Choice of three transmissions
  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • New driver's seat height adjustment
  • Standard tire pressure monitoring system

2008 MX-5 Miata Video

Cars.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata hardtop convertible. It competes with the Pontiac Solstice and Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder.

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Consumer Reviews

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What Drivers Are Saying


Great car for a trip!

by the stig from macungie, PA on September 16, 2018

I bought this car to be my only car which means it has to be good on trips. Mission accomplished. Just completed a 1200 mile round trip and the car did everything I wanted. Very comfortable. My last ... Read full review


So much fun!

by Brent83 from McKinney, TX on July 31, 2018

This is one of my all-time favorite cars. Fast as xxxx and just a joy to drive! Great gas mileage and drives on rails! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a convertible. Great value for ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata currently has 0 recalls

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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