I think the changes are positive overall, but of course the best-looking Miata ever made was the 2002 Special Edition in Titanium Gray Metallic. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. I celebrate the upgrades Mazda implemented for this model year, including some suspension changes, a higher engine redline, new seats and revised styling. ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter. Note that the hardtop adds 82 pounds to the curb weight, but price increases vary with trim level. This is the reality of driving a small vehicle.
The standard tires are summer performance ones. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. . The Little Engine That Could The Miata started its life with a 1. NewUsedFilter selectedNewUsedList, null ; newUsedFilter. When equipped with a five- or six-speed manual, the 2009 now produces 167 horsepower, a 1-hp increase over last year.
The headlights are more shapely. The rear bumper is also deeper and wider, with a more prominent crease on the side, and the tailpipes are now flush with the bumper. Side-impact airbags are standard, as are antilock brakes. Fortunately, the fun comes standard in the most affordable model. Sound a little more familiar? The same can be said of small cars: fun by design, or cramped and invisible to larger cars and trucks? I own one because I believe that. SellerTypeFilter selectedSellerTypeList, null ; sellerTypeFilter. And so it has been since the Miata revived the affordable-roadster market 20 years ago.
SeatingFilter selectedSeatingList, null ; seatingFilter. I celebrate the upgrades Mazda implemented for this model year, including some suspension changes, a higher engine redline, new seats and revised styling. At this price, the Miata. Send Joe an Hide full review. Truth be told, the tires grip well enough that driving sideways might require more speed than you can wisely muster in normal use.
Sound a little more familiar? SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557643958500 ; listingsSearchManager. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. The Miata is small, lightweight and low-slung. For one thing, the little engine has substantial torque at low rpm for a small block with no turbo. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager.
And so it has been since the Miata revived the affordable-roadster market 20 years ago. The first model was a 1990, but it hit the market in 1989, so the 2009 I tested celebrates a birthday, if not technically an anniversary. Again, for its size, it sounds deeper and beefier than its 2. InstalledOptionsFilter selectedInstalledOptionIdList, installedOptionIdToLabelMap, possiblyDroppedOptionsMap ; installedOptionsFilter. It adds some flexibility, in a sense, though I seldom felt it necessary to ride the tach to its peak.
Mazda boasts about more of its cars being road-raced on any given weekend than any other brand, and Miata is the most-raced nameplate in the world. See all the safety features. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. An electronic stability system, which is optional on the Grand Touring trim level, keeps things safer still. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. Tweaks over the years, including the addition of variable valve timing in 2001, have increased the output incrementally.
WheelSystemFilter selectedWheelSystemList, null ; wheelSystemFilter. Redesigned for 2009, the seats have a bit more side bolstering, and I was happy with them. I turned it off most of the time because the Miata is one of the most controllable cars out there, and part of the fun is sliding around a bit, hanging the tail out and occasionally driving sideways. The same can be said of small cars: fun by design, or cramped and invisible to larger cars and trucks? The stick is well-placed, a good height and has medium-short throws and well-defined gates. The change comes from a higher redline with the manual: 7,200 rpm rather than 6,700 rpm with the six-speed automatic, which is programmed to upshift before hitting the rev limiter and is capped at 158 hp as a result. The first model was a 1990, but it hit the market in 1989, so the 2009 I tested celebrates a birthday, if not technically an anniversary.