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2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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$9,677 — $19,537 USED
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Convertible
2 Seats
24-25 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Handling
  • Six-speed manual
  • Quick top operation
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Same trunk size with top up or down
  • Standard side-impact airbags

The Bad

  • Confining cabin
  • Dwarfed by other vehicles
  • Stability system option on Grand Touring only
  • Cruise control is optional (soft-top)
  • Power locks are optional (soft-top)
2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Soft-top or power-retractable hardtop
  • Choice of three transmissions
  • Timeless styling

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

The MX-5 Miata has been around for more than 20 years. Much has changed over the decades, including the disappearance of the Miata name from the car's exterior in 2006 as part of a redesign. The Miata name has since returned and what hasn't changed is the formula: small, lightweight and affordable.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
A recent restyling extended the nose lower and made the grille larger and smile-shaped. The headlights became shapelier. The rear bumper became deeper and wider, with a more prominent crease on the side, and the tailpipes were made flush with the bumper. Exterior features include:

  • Manual soft-top
  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Optional 17-inch wheels
  • Optional power-retractable hardtop
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights


Interior
The car is small, but the two-seat configuration provides more driver space than you might expect. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Standard cloth upholstery
  • Optional leather seats
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls


Under the Hood
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder powers the Miata with 158 horsepower when teamed with the optional six-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with the five- or six-speed manual, it produces 167 hp. The difference comes from a higher redline with the manual: 7,200 rpm, rather than 6,700 rpm with the automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • Rear-w...
Vehicle Overview

The MX-5 Miata has been around for more than 20 years. Much has changed over the decades, including the disappearance of the Miata name from the car's exterior in 2006 as part of a redesign. The Miata name has since returned and what hasn't changed is the formula: small, lightweight and affordable.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes.

Exterior
A recent restyling extended the nose lower and made the grille larger and smile-shaped. The headlights became shapelier. The rear bumper became deeper and wider, with a more prominent crease on the side, and the tailpipes were made flush with the bumper. Exterior features include:

  • Manual soft-top
  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Optional 17-inch wheels
  • Optional power-retractable hardtop
  • Optional high-intensity-discharge headlights


Interior
The car is small, but the two-seat configuration provides more driver space than you might expect. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Standard cloth upholstery
  • Optional leather seats
  • Optional heated seats
  • Optional steering-wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls


Under the Hood
A 2.0-liter four-cylinder powers the Miata with 158 horsepower when teamed with the optional six-speed automatic transmission. When equipped with the five- or six-speed manual, it produces 167 hp. The difference comes from a higher redline with the manual: 7,200 rpm, rather than 6,700 rpm with the automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Intake runner tuned to provide a sporty sound
  • Dual exhausts


Safety
The MX-5 has the mandated front airbags, and the passenger's airbag can be deactivated. Safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags
  • Standard antilock disc brakes
  • Optional electronic stability system with traction control

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
14 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Such a fun car to drive!

by Mailprovider2002 from Marion,NC on November 20, 2018

This was such a fun car to drive and it handles so well,it also was great on gas and nice to look at! I would definitely buy another! Read full review

(5.0)

A Pocket Rocket on Rails

by Miata_mama from Bountiful, UT on September 13, 2017

If you want an exhilarating ride, reliability, a car you can feel free and in control of at the same time... this must be on your radar. Equipped with the retractable hardtop, heated seats and ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mazda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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