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2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Power

Hardtop Grand Touring

A side view of a blue 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Power

In short: A sporty, quick-handling hardtop roadster.

The Miata, now known as the MX-5, keeps getting better and better all the time. This is basically the exact same car as our previous review of the MX-5, but with one significant difference: the hardtop convertible roof that we are seeing from more and more manufacturers these days (Mercedes-Benz SLK, Volvo C70, VW EOS). So due to more pressure from the competition, “the little sports car that can” had to get better. With its cult following, we think this road hugging go-kart like ride will enjoy a long life.

A 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Power's interiorA rear bumper view of a 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Power
The 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Power with its top downA front bumper view of the 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Power

Unlatch the hardtop at the point of contact with just one handle, push the open button, et voila! In about 12 seconds, you go from the cozy environment of a coupe to enjoying the sun rays with your new-found convertible. Because it’s so easy to switch options, you’ll find yourself driving more exactly the way you want it when you want it, be it top up or down.

The design is clean, part classic part modern, and more round than square. The cockpit remains nearly as tight as a Formula 1 and overall storage space remains rather limited. Good for one person with stuff —unless that person happens to be Yao Ming —or two with not much stuff. There is plenty of pep, with direct steering and good braking.

A three-quarter rear view of a 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Power

One of the on-going complaints with this model is the stickiness of the short throw manual gear box. You may opt for a 6-speed automatic electronically-controlled transmission with paddle shifter. Instrumentation is well-organized with good duplication on the steering wheel. But don’t get lost, as there is no DVD navigation option available – unless Yao managed to get in with his Garmin GPS. Also, we’re still waiting for heated seats. But Zoom-Zoom aficionados will love this roadster, curvy roads preferred.

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The 2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Power with its door open and top folding

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance.


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $21,030 / As tested: $28,670

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door hardtop convertible roadster

Engine: 2.0-liter inline-4
Horsepower: 166 bhp @ 6,700 rpm
Torque: 140 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight: 2,567 lbs
Wheelbase: 91.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 157.3/67.7/49 in
Turning circle: 15.4 ft

Brakes: 4-wheel disc with ABS
Suspension:
independent front and rear

Traction: traction control; limited slip differential

Safety: front airbags; side airbags; passenger airbag deactivation switch

0-60 mph: 7.5 seconds
Top Speed: 131 mph

EPA City: 24 mpg
EPA Highway: 30 mpg

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(Updated: 08/14/12 NW)

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