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2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition PRHT Review


Fun and Affordable Convertible

A three-quarter rear view of a red 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

In short: A well-priced hardtop convertible.

With its classic convertible aesthetics and budget-friendly pricing, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has long attracted a cult following amongst drop-top fans. The latest iteration is sure to stoke the same sort of fervent reaction with its quick handling, peppy, 167-horsepower inline-4 and fun, sporty styling. Our Special Edition PRHT came in a vibrant, head-turning red with a black hardtop roof to match its black leather interior and dark-finished 17-inch alloy wheels. The MX-5 Miata's Premium Package adds a keyless entry and start system, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability and SiriusXM satellite radio.

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Warranty/Service: 36-month/36,000-mile "bumper-to-bumper" warranty; 60-month/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $31,225 / As Tested: $32,020

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible
Engine: 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with VVT
Horsepower: 167 hp @ 7,000 rpm
Torque: 140 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual

Curb weight:
2,593 lbs
Wheelbase: 91.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 157.3/67.7/49.4 in
Turning circle: 30.8 ft

Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes; ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist
Suspension: double-wishbone front; multi-link rear

Traction: stability control with traction control

0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds

EPA City: 21 mpg
EPA Highway: 28 mpg

Safety: dual-stage front airbags; side-impact airbags

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