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2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Available Price Range $7,244-$18,564 Trims7 Combined MPG 24-25 Seats 2

Our Take on the 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Our Take

The 2009 MX-5 Miata is technically the 20th anniversary model because the roadster hit the market in 1989 as an early 1990 model. Much has changed over the decades, including the disappearance of the Miata name from the car's exterior in 2006 as part of its third-generation redesign. The 200... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Confining cabin
  • Dwarfed by other vehicles
  • Stability system option on Grand Touring only
  • Cruise control optional (soft-top)
  • Power locks optional (soft-top)

Notable Features

  • Restyled nose and tail
  • New seat design
  • Improved gas mileage
  • Retuned suspension
  • Soft-top or power-retractable hardtop
  • Choice of three transmissions
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Our Expert Reviews

If it's true that the more things change, the more they stay the same, then one might proffer the Mazda Miata as evidence that supports the cliché.At first blush, they might be right. And then, again, they'd be wrong.It's still a snappy, true two-seat drop-top decompression machine that often leaves as much of a grin on the faces of those admiring the ride as those behind th... Read full review for the 2009 Mazda MX 5 Miata

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Telepathic Responses

by Stig Wannabe from Knoxville, TN on January 29, 2010

To those that believe that cars are mere conveyances, this car won't make much sense. To those that believe that some vehicles are capable of rising above being nothing more than an appliance, this ca... Read Full Review

7 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 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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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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