Editor’s note: You may want to read Autotrader’s updated 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata review or our in-depth article, Buying a Used Mazda MX-5 Miata: Everything You Need to Know.
With a new model waiting in the wings, you might be wondering why you should even bother with the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata. If you ask us, the answer is pretty simple. The current Miata is a proven performer, and with a starting price under $25,000, you get a lot for your money. Plus, you can probably get a great deal on one while everyone waits for the new model to drop. Here are five reasons to get your 2014 MX-5 Miata before they’re gone.
Classic Rear-Wheel-Drive Handling
The Miata’s always been a hit in the amateur racing circuit due to its rear-wheel-drive setup. In other words, it’s actually a proper sports car, with perfect balance and handling that will entertain everyone — even highly skilled drivers. It makes every drive a fun one, even if you’re just running errands. Still have doubts? Consider this: The Skip Barber Racing School, based out of California’s world-famous Laguna Seca racetrack, uses lightly modified current-generation Miatas for both training and racing. The school’s instructors swear by them.
Although the Miata’s 167-horsepower 4-cylinder engine sounds modest, you have to remember that the car only weighs about 2,500 pounds. It’s pretty quick, and the motor sounds great when you rev it. We should also mention the Miata’s ultraprecise 6-speed manual transmission, which is arguably the best in any car — at any price. The faster you shift the stubby little lever, the better it feels. See the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata models for sale near you
Slick Power Hardtop
The Miata’s standard top is a soft one that retracts manually. That brings some security issues, so Mazda also offers a power-retractable hardtop. It adds just 80 pounds or so, which is far less than the normal hardtop weight penalty, and you only need about 12 seconds to put it up or down. It looks good when it’s up, too, and that’s rare for a hardtop convertible. From what we understand, the next-generation Miata won’t offer a hardtop, so it’s now or never if you want to purchase a new model.
The Miata’s interior provides a speedometer and tachometer, a shifter at your fingertips, and great outward visibility. The rest is up to you. Our test car was a Grand Touring model, so it had automatic climate control and Bose audio — but that’s as fancy as the Miata gets. The focus in this car is squarely on the road ahead, just like in the little British roadsters from the 1960s that serve as the Miata’s inspiration.
Another great thing about the Miata is that it’s mechanically simple while still keeping a reputation for bulletproof reliability. You can beat on this engine all day — that’s what the racers do at the track — and it will come back for more the following day. This is definitely the only roadster that’s as inexpensive as an economy car to maintain. Fun, top-down toys generally come with a handful of maintenance requirements, but the little Mazda is a glorious exception.
The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a modern classic, and it’s also a known commodity because the end of its product cycle is quickly approaching. For the money, there’s still nothing else like it. Find a Mazda MX-5 Miata for sale