2005 Mazda MAZDASPEED Miata MX-5

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2005 Mazda MAZDASPEED Miata MX-5 Review

Great handling, average safety ratings, and average fuel economy.

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Overview

The 2005 Mazda MAZDASPEED Miata MX-5 comes with very few new features for this year’s model. It makes up for this with plenty of exterior and interior features and options, a snazzy look, and being fun to drive. The safety is average on this vehicle but the fuel economy is on the higher end when it comes to sports cars. This is a great change from regular Miata models.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: Mazda MAZDASPEED Miata MX-5, Mazda MAZDASPEED Miata MX-5 Grand Touring

What's New

This Miata comes with two new colors this year with an upgraded wheel design.

Exterior

This car comes in five colors as the exterior includes a black vinyl manual convertible top with rear glass window and vinyl boot cover, body-colored aluminum hood, bumpers, power exterior mirrors and door handles, unique front under spoilers, projector low-beam headlights with smoke finish, front clear-lens halogen fog lights, solar-control tinted windshield with sunshade, and two-speed fixed intermittent windshield wipers. The 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels include locks and high performance uni-directional tires. The Miata also includes a mini spare wheel and tire.

A detachable hardtop with a glass rear window is an optional feature for all models. Dealer-installed options include headlamp and tail lamp bezels, cargo net, cassette player, chrome fuel door, door edge guards, and perimeter shock sensor alarm.

Interior

This car has many interior features including reclining high back bucket seats with a forward and backward slide feature, black cloth upholstery, center console with lockable storage, dual-covered cup holders, carpeted floor mats with MAZDASPEED logo, stainless steel scuff plates with MAZDASPEED logo, aluminum pedals, and foot rest with MAZDASPEED logo. Other features include power windows with a driver side one-touch down feature, power door locks, remote keyless illuminated entry with panic feature and retractable key, remote fuel door, trunk and hood releases, engine immobilizer, air-conditioning, rear window defogger, and locking glove box. There is also a cigarette lighter with ash tray, 12-volt power outlet, door map pockets, day night rearview mirror with MAZDASPEED mirror cap, driver and passenger visor vanity mirrors, leather-wrapped gear shift knob and handbrake with red stitching, passenger side seat back pocket, wind blocker anti-raft panel with storage pouch, and fully carpeted trunk area with a carpeted floor mat. The six-speaker audio system is an AM/FM stereo with an in-dash six-disc CD changer. It is a 225-watt Bose branded system with door mounted tweeter speakers, speed-sensing automatic volume control, digital clock, and power antenna.

The Grand Touring model has these upgrades black leather seating surfaces with red stitching, leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with red stitching, silver instrument panel with MAZDASPEED logo, leather-wrapped gear shift knob, and handbrake with red stitching.

Performance & Handling

This Miata comes with a 1.8-liter, inline four-cylinder engine rated at 178 horsepower, which provides for 166 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a six-speed manual with overdrive, short-throw shifter and gear shot-peening treatment. This vehicle includes a Eurospec fresh air duct, Bosh torque sensing limited slip differential, four-wheel independent double wishbone MAZDASPEED tuned suspension with gas filled Billstein shock absorbers and coil springs, large front and rear stabilizer bars, silver painted front suspension tower brace, engine speed-sensitive variable power rack and pinion steering, four-wheel power front ventilated brakes and rear solid disc brakes with silver colored brake calipers, and an enhanced exhaust sound pre-silencer capacity with large exhaust tip and MAZDASPEED logo. The vehicle is rear drive, which can be problematic in harsh weather conditions.

Safety

This vehicle earned five out of five stars in its rollover and front passenger impact ratings, four stars in its driver front impact rating, and three stars in its driver side impact ratings. Passenger side impact ratings were not measured. The Miata includes driver and passenger second-generation air bags, passenger side air bag deactivation switch, three-point safety belts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, child seat anchor, five mpg bumpers, side impact door beams, and an internal trunk release system. The Grand Touring model also has the standard anti-lock brake system with electronic brake force distribution.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mazda MAZDASPEED Miata MX-5: 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Fun to Drive
  • Handling
  • Power

You Won't Like

  • Interior room
  • Highway noise

Sum Up

Great handling, average safety ratings, and average fuel economy.

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