Mazda MX-5 Miata 2012 Review – The Mazda MX-5 Miata 2012 offers a balanced range of features, though it skips some higher-end features. Power accessories are standard, as is a CD player and tilt steering. Upgrade to a Touring model and you get keyless entry, a trip computer, and cruise control, while Grand Touring models mix in heated leather seats, automatic climate control, and other conveniences. See also the Mazda 6 Wagon 2011 for your information. Inside, the layout is simple and in some ways spartan, but with easy-to-use controls and attractive chrome and silver accents to brighten things up.
Blending light weight, nimble handling, and enough power to get the job done, the rear-drive 2012 Mazda MX-5 is nearly unique on the market.
Powered by a revvy 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, rated at 167 horsepower, the MX-5 isn’t exactly quick, but it gathers speed well thanks to short gearing, particularly in six-speed models. Five-speed cars have slightly longer gearing down low, but settle in well at freeway speeds. Zero to 60 mph times vary by the trim and soft or hard top choice, but the range gets to 60 mph in about seven seconds.
A six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option on higher-end models, outfitted with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. The light clutches, short, precise lever throws, and sheer involvement of the manual transmissions make them the choice of our editors, however, enhancing the experience of open-top motoring in a roadster like the MX-5.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata 2012 Specifications
- Gas Mileage 22 mpg City/28 mpg Hwy
- Engine Gas I4, 2.0L
- EPA Class Two Seater
- Style Name 2dr Conv Man Sport
- Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
- Passenger Capacity 2
- Passenger Doors 2
- Body Style Convertible
- Transmission 5-speed manual transmission w/OD -inc: short-throw shifter
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