Mazda MX-5 Miata – Takes the prize

The 2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata ranks 2 out of 8 Affordable Sports Cars.

Critics extol the Mazda Miata for its all-around satisfying handling dynamics, and its impressive build quality and value over time. These qualities caused the 2009 MX-5 to win the U.S. News Best Car for the MoneyAward in the sports car class.

After 20 years, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is world famous for providing excellent sports car handling, that's as comfortable as it is thrilling. Combine that with its superior reliability history and it's obvious why sports car enthusiasts love the MX-5 Miata. Did you know that it was recorded in the 2000Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling two-seat convertible ever?

Redesigned in 2006, the MX-5 Miata was just refreshed for the 2009 model. The redesign mainly changes its exterior design. It comes in five trims: SV, Sport, Touring, Grand Touring and Special Edition. The card comes in convertible vinyl or cloth tops. A power retractable hardtop is also available.

"For what the car is, and what it has always been, the MX-5 Miata is essentially without peer. And whether you like the retractable hardtop or not -- and I do -- the soft top is still available for purists, and the hardtop just adds one more feature that makes the car a little more practical as a daily driver." -- Orlando Sentinel

"The latest generation is spectacularly good, both sweetly rewarding to drive and an excellent value." -- New Car Test Drive

"Another plus for Miatas is that they have held their value over the years." -- Forbes

MX-5-Miata rates:
Performance - 8.9 (Very Good)
Exterior - 8.0 (Very Good)
Interior - 6.5 (Mediocre) Miata's quality interior fit and finish are good, but its cabin is too cramped for large passengers.
Safety - NA
Reliability - NA

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