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Mazda MX-5 Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata  has reined for 25 years as a 2-seater sportscar for the masses. Its appeal lies in the fact that it simply fun to drive, quick accelerating, responsive, and above all affordable. Great for young singles, couples, and emptynesters, or really anyone interested in a convertible roadster for less than 30 grand new. The Miata made a big splash when first introduced, but since a major redesign in 2006, today's Miata MX-5 is more refined than ever. If you want to purchase one used, CARFAX delivers with easy-to-use search filters on relevant vehicle history such as number of owners and accident-free status.   

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Used Mazda MX-5 Miata: In Depth

Model Overview

Mazda released the first 2-seater Miata in 1990, and with the exception of 1998, the vehicle has been produced each year since then. The first Miatas had pop up headlights that were prone to malfunction. Even still, the release of the Miata caused a stir and was a hit with all drivers who were sometimes willing to pay more than the sticker price to make a Miata their own. The Miata has won numerous awards over the years. Car and Driver magazine has awarded the vehicle honors as a "Top 10" vehicle for eight years straight. The first generation vehicle, produced until 1997, includes those pop-up headlights, while the second generation of cars began production in 1999 has exposed headlights. The third generation of Miatas began production in 2006, with none of the same features from prior models. This model was heavier, more powerful, and faster, going from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.5 seconds. You can get either a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual transmission, or let the 5-speed automatic do your shifting for you.

The Miata is available in five styles, including a convertible and a Power Retractable canopy version that debuted in 2007. The 2014 Mazda Miata start at $23,720 MSRP for the convertible basic and rise to $29,870 for the Grand Touring Miata. 

If you are looking for a sports convertible with affordability, performance, and power, you should consider the Miata. It is nimble handles curves with ease. It won't offer a lot of interior room, but you probably knew that at a glance The dashboard is uncluttered and intuitive. 

The third-generation Miatas starting in 2006 offer the redesigned style and the upgrades that, while they changed things up a bit, also kept the Miata ahead of the times in style and features. If you wait to make the purchase in the future, you should expect even more changes to the vehicle. This is because Miata will collaborate with Fiat for future models.


The Miata has not been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Safety features include driver and passenger front airbag, side airbags, ABS 4-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control and traction control

Noteworthy About the Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • The Miata 2014 edition was ranked as the #1 most affordable sports car by US News and World Reports, and many of the prior years have earned the same honor.
  • Ever wondered what Miata means? Apparently, Mazda was on to something here, as the word is derived from Old German and means "a reward."
  • All drivers want a vehicle that provides them with safety. It is nice to know that the Mazda Miata has never faced a recall. In addition, the standard safety features on the vehicle are always keen on the latest technology.

The Mazda Miata is the perfect car for the driver who wants a fun, stylish ride that won’t break the bank to purchase. It has been popular from the beginning, and there is no question this popularity will continue as drivers always want a sports car that gives them more than they expect.


Vehicle Overview

Miata Number of Owners

Carfax Facts

Of the more than 7,500 used Mazda Miatas for sale across the country, 29.6 percent are 1-owner cars. Another 30.3 percent have 2 previous owners.  This means that 60 percent have 2 owners or fewer. 

Miata Number of Service Records

Carfax Chart

Used Mazda Miatas average 5.5 service records. 47 percent have more than 5 service records (for example oil changes, tire rotations, etc.).

2014 Miata Specifications

  • From $23,720
  • 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder

  • 22 city / 28 hwy mpg

  • Rear wheel drive
  • 5- or 6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic

  • 167 hp

  • 91.7 inches