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2000 Mazda Miata Review
So much fun it should be illegal.
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The 2000 Mazda Miata marks part of a new legacy of roadsters. In fact, the Mazda Miata sparks the revival. As the vehicle that started a lot of copy cats, the Mazda Miata has a heavy crown to bear.
Luckily, the Mazda Miata proves to be as good as ever. The suspension and steering, combined with top down excitement, makes the Miata a thrill to drive. It experiences a few issues, but nothing serious enough to prevent a purchase.
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Mazda Miata Base, Mazda Miata LS, Mazda Miata Special Edition
The 2000 Mazda Miata looks a lot simpler. It comes in only two standard models, the Miata Base and the Miata LS. These models come with one of three feature packages. Lastly, a special edition model became available in spring 2000, producing 3000 units.
The 2000 Mazda Miata reaches an overall length of 155 inches and stands at only four feet tall. That makes it three inches shorter than the BMW Z3. It shows off a gorgeous shape, with softly curving lines. The standard foldable convertible top uses cloth, but a hardtop convertible top also remains available. Best of all, both tops have a glass window instead of the cheap plastic window found on some other convertible models.
Standard features on the exterior include 14-inch wheels, a convertible top, power exterior mirrors, intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear window defroster.
Mazda does not build the Miata as a passenger vehicle. It only stands four feet high, so taller passengers find their knees somewhere around the middle of their chest. Also, getting into the Miata requires dropping into the bucket seats.
However, the layout of the vehicle looks quite nice, with the instruments on the dashboard sporting an intuitive, ergonomic design. One big problem concerns the absolutely miniscule trunk. However, the 2000 Mazda Miata does not try to be a practical car. This being said, it still suits commuters as long as they don’t have a lot of cargo to carry.
Optional with the convenience package, a windbreaker lowers turbulence inside the Miata when driving with the top down.
Standard features on the base model include bucket seats, a center console, a tachometer, cloth seating, power steering, remote trunk release, leather steering wheel trim, and power windows. Optional features include an air dam, cruise control, air-conditioning, and a power door locks.
The LS comes with all of the features in the base model but adds leather seating, power locks, and a Bose audio system.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mazda Miata comes equipped with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 140 horsepower. The Mazda Miata uses rear drive. The engine weds with one of three transmission systems: a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual, or a four-speed automatic.
Driving the Mazda Miata provides tons of fun. The small engine has a lot of acceleration power. The engine also matches to the suspension system and steering perfectly. Curving roads prove no match for the Mazda Miata. The 15-inch wheels and suspension package that includes a Torsen limited-slip differential and better shock absorbers increases the performance value of the Miata. The only unfortunate performance glitch occurs when the Miata drives on the freeway. Noise from the engine stays at a pretty annoying whine, and sometimes passing can cause a bit of an issue.
The 2000 Mazda Miata comes equipped with the bare minimum safety equipment required. The Miata includes front driver and passenger airbags and power brakes. The NHTSA and the IIHS have not performed safety tests on the Mazda Miata.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mazda Miata six-speed manual: 17/25 city mpg city/highway
Mazda Miata four-speed automatic: 20/25 city mpg city/highway
- So much fun
- Steering and handling
- Glass rear window on convertible top
You Won't Like
- Super small trunk
- Nasty freeway noise
So much fun it should be illegal.
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