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2011 Mazda Miata Review

One of the greatest roadsters of all time.

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The 2011 Mazda Miata is one roadster that has impressed sports car enthusiasts for over two decades, and the 2011 model continues this tradition. Changing nothing from the previous year, the 2011 Mazda Miata remains an excellent choice in roadster automobiles.

With a light weight of 2500 pounds, the 2011 Mazda Miata's four-cylinder engine provides is sufficient for scooting around quite well. The base model comes with the soft vinyl top, whereas the other two models feature a retractable hardtop. With the heavier top installed, the 2011 Mazda roadster becomes a little less spry than the base model. Regardless of the trim level chosen, the 2011 Mazda Miata proves its worth with the numerous features and wildly entertaining driving experience.

The Range

Body Styles: roadster convertible
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Miata Sport, Miata Touring, Miata Grand Touring, Miata Special Edition

What's New

For 2011, the Mazda Miata debuts its Special Edition limited-production model and sees no further changes.


The 2011 Mazda Miata Sport model features performance tires, intermittent wipers, cast-aluminum 16-inch wheels, and a glass rear window on the convertible top of black vinyl. The Touring trim model adds shock tower brace, 17-inch alloy wheels, and foglights. Grand Touring models can choose between a beige or black cloth top for the exterior.

The 2011 Mazda Miata roadster has plenty of optional features that are grouped into Convenience, Suspension, Premium, and Appearance packages for desired improvements. The Appearance package adds extended rocker sills and different front spoilers, whereas the Premium package adds xenon headlights.

The 2011 Mazda Miata Special Edition is only available in 2011 as a limited-production vehicle. It includes all features from the lower trim levels plus Suspension and Premium packages. The Special Edition roadster also includes two unique exterior color options.


The 2011 Mazda Miata interior is about as sophisticated as one would expect. The gauges are all legible and simple to read with very user-friendly controls. The fit behind the wheel is snug, but not cramped. Operating the convertible top only takes a couple of seconds.

2011 Mazda Miata Sport standard features include power mirrors and windows, adjustable-height driver’s seat, auxiliary audio jack, MP3/CD player, sound system with six speakers, air-conditioning, and black cloth seats. Touring models add the rearview mirror with auto-dimming, power door locks, cruise control, a trip computer, audio controls mounted onto the steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, and six-CD changer.

The Grand Touring model spruces up the interior with a Bose seven-speaker audio system, automatic climate control, dune beige or black leather upholstery, silver interior accents, and heated seats. The optional Premium package adds satellite radio, Bluetooth, and stability control.

With all of the superb interior features, the 2011 Mazda Miata has one downside: storage capacity. The Mazda roadster has about 5.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

Performance & Handling

A two-liter, inline-four engines powers the 2011 Mazda Miata. It produces 167 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. The 2011 Mazda Miata Sport is equipped with a manual five-speed transmission, and the Grand Touring and Touring have manual six-speed transmissions. Every model will have an option for choosing the automatic six-speed with steering-wheel shift pads.

Driving the 2011 Mazda Miata is exciting and fun because of the communicative steering and suspension. This type of control on winding roads is one of the greatest attributes of any Miata. During the acceleration testing, the 2011 Mazda Miata got up to 60 mph from zero in only 6.9 seconds.


The 2011 Mazda Miata comes standard with various safety features that include antilock disc brakes, emergency braking assist, and side airbags. There is a convenient deactivation switch for the passenger airbag, along with engine immobilizer, and an interior emergency trunk release for the utmost in safety. The Grand Touring trim level is the only model that has optional stability control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Miata Sport: 22/28 mpg city/highway
Miata Touring: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Miata Grand Touring: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Miata Special Edition: 21/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Exciting to drive
  • Smartly designed soft and hard tops
  • Low operating costs
  • Precise handling and steering
  • Affordable price

You Won't Like

  • Small trunk
  • Substandard stereo
  • Stability control only on one trim level

Sum Up

One of the greatest roadsters of all time.

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