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2001 Mazda Miata MX-5 Review
High-priced for an everyday car.
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The 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5 isn’t cheap, but for people who are exhilarated by a fun, sporty, stylish car, it’s worth every penny. The MX-5 is great for those rides out to the country or for tackling those back mountain winding roads. This sporty convertible isn’t designed to sit in traffic, but it’s surprisingly practical with some decent trunk space for its size and decent gas mileage even in tough, slow, city and highway commuting conditions.
The 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5 convertible comes in three trim levels, the base trim, the LS, which features 16-inch alloy wheels as opposed to 15 inches on the base model, remote power door locks, leather front seats and steering wheel, cruise control and Bose premium speakers; and the Special Edition, a six-speed manual transmission model in British Racing Green with leather and wood interior trim features and limited rear slip differential.
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual
Models: Mazda Miata MX 5, Mazda Miata MX-5 LS, Mazda Miata MX-5 Special Edition
Although the 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5 underwent a more radical redesign back in 1999, it still brings with it some interesting changes. More power is in the 2001 version with extra horsepower across all models, and the six-speed manual transmission is available on the LS as well as the Special Edition. A new front bumper and headlights can also be noticed. There are also a slew of great safety features on the 2001 Miata MX-5 including a more efficient ABS and keyless remote with an option on the base model and Special Edition, standard on the LS.
The 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5's exterior is as sleek and sporty as ever with a manual convertible roof, 15-inch alloy wheel on the base model, and a variety of color options on all but the Special Edition including Brilliant Black, Midnight Blue Mica, Classic Red, Pure White, and Sunlight Silver Metallic.
Insides, the 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5 features comfortable cloth bucket front seats and a leather steering wheel with an AM/FM stereo and in-dash CD player on the standard model and an Bose Premium stereo on the LS and Special Edition. Switchgear is easily accessible and easy to use and interior gauges are sporty and stylish.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5 is all about performance and handling. The latest model features the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing to push horsepower at 7000 rpm to 155 with 125 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. A five-speed manual transmission or an upgraded six-speed is available, and this car really fits the open road like a glove with high-performance shock absorbers and Torsen limited-slip differential optional.
The 2001 Mazda Miata MX-5 comes with many safety features including front seatbelt pretensioners, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, and a passenger airbag deactivation switch. Also found is an emergency interior trunk release and engine immobilizer.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great performance and handling
- Great gas mileage
- Six-speed manual transmission option
You Won't Like
- Somewhat high-priced
- Not a lot of trunk space
- You may never want to stop driving
High-priced for an everyday car.
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