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2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Available Price Range $6,673-$16,789 Trims8 Combined MPG 24 Seats 2

Our Take on the 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Our Take

Ever since Mazda introduced the Miata as an early 1990 model, it's officially been known as the MX-5 Miata. Anyone who has known the model, however, has known it as the Miata. Mazda discarded the Miata designation upon the model's 2006 redesign. Officially, the two-seater is dubbed MX-5... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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


Our Expert Reviews

Upon hearing that I was testing a 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata, my friend Meredith told me her Miata story. When she went to buy her first car after her daughter was born, she settled on a station wagon. After the ink dried on all the paperwork, her husband asked her if she was excited. She said that while she was content with the wagon, there was really a Miata in her soul.This wasn't the only s... Read full review for the 2008 Mazda MX 5 Miata

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Miata Hardtop

by Carrot from Seattle on March 28, 2012

This is my third Miata, they are the most fun to drive, wouldn't have anything else, I have never done anything except the regular maintenance, and they have been the most trouble-free cars I have owned. Read Full Review

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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Crash-Test Reports


Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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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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