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Review 2008 Mazda MX5 Miata

2008 Mazda MX5 MiataIf you’re interested in a simple, clean sports car without being boggled by advanced gizmos and features, allow us to recommend the smooth precision offered by the 2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is great for those who enjoy the thrill of driving, offering an engine that lets you get up and go.

Its small, compact body is reminiscent of a go-kart, while its dependability lets you relax and enjoy where the road takes you.

Debuting 20 years ago, the Mazda Miata had developed a fan base of driving enthusiast, and critics and buyers alike sing its praises. It possesses an impressive record for reliability, while still providing an entertaining drive for the sports car enthusiast. The Miata was redesigned in 2006, boosting comfort and performance while maintaining its classic appeal.

Last year, Mazda introduced a new addition to the Miata family – the PRHT (power retractable hardtop) version of this classic car. The PRHT allows the driver to enjoy the benefits of an enclosed coupe with the top up, or the freedom of a roadster with the top down. Convertibility and flexibility are the name of the game when you choose a PRHT, which is only 70 pounds, heavier than the traditional ragtop.

No matter which top option you choose, the 2008 Mazda Miata is a great choice if you’re looking for a sports car or roadster within your price range. Possessing classic, traditional options, with a refined balanced appearance, the Miata is a great value for the money. Its competitors include GM’s Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, But we recommend he Miata as the roadster of choice. It’s an attractive, zippy car, with many flexible options to choose from.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

When choosing your 2008 Mazda Miata, you have four trim options available to you: SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring.

The SV trim comes lightly equipped, and is only available in soft-top form. It comes complete with a black convertible vinyl top, CD player, 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows, and power mirrors. Upgrading to the Sport trim adds air conditioning, as well as a leather wrapped steering wheel.

The Touring trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, six-speaker audio with a CD changer and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a strut tower brace, and cruise control.

Stepping up to the Grand Touring trim adds a cloth convertible top, heated leather seats, silver interior accents, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system. If you’re interested in luxury, this truly is the option for you, enabling you to drive in style, while enjoying maximum comfort and sound quality.

If you’re interested in a PRHT (retractable hardtop) model, you can get it in any of the top three trim options. The equipment package is identical, with the exception of the soft top. This is substituted with a power retracting steel top.

A Special Edition 2008 Mazda Miata is also available. This option is an Icy Blue Grand Touring, equipped with the Premium options package. Options packages are described below.

Convenience Package

This package is available on the Sport trim, and consists of keyless entry, power locks, cruise control, one touch passenger window, fog lamps, covered storage cubbies behind the seats, and steering wheel mounted audio controls. Packed with convenient features, this package is a must for the commuter or busy driver.

Suspension Package

This package is available on the Touring and Grand Touring trims. It consists of a highly tuned sport suspension, featuring Bilstein shocks and a limited slip differential.

Premium Package #1 (Available only on the Grand Touring)

This package is not available with an automatic transmission. It adds a limited slip differential, advanced keyless entry, stability control, and xenon-HID headlights. If you desire this package without the limited slip differential, ask for Premium Package #2

Interior Trim Package

This package adds brushed aluminum accents to any trim
Appearance Package

This package adds a front air dam and lower –body skirting to any trim

Stand alone options including satellite radio, run-flat tires, and a rear spoiler are also available.


Miatas come equipped with a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine. Automatic transmissions make 158 horsepower, and manual transmissions make 166 horsepower. SV and Sport trims have a five speed manual transmission, while Touring and Grand Touring trims come equipped with a six speed manual transmission. An option on all but the SV and Sport PRHT is a six speed automatic with paddle shifters.

The Mazda Miata, depending on the transmission, can get 20-22 miles per gallon for city driving and 27-28 miles per gallon for highway driving. It’s sporty appearance and quick acceleration make it fun for long commutes, as well as quick trips around the block. The Miata makes any outing fun, adding speed and zip to any trip.


The 2008 Mazda Miata comes equipped with antilock disc brakes and side airbags as a standard feature. The Grand Touring trim has stability control available as an option, as well. These safety features make the 2008 Mazda Miata an excellent choice.

Interior Design

While larger than previous models, the 2008 Miata is still tiny in design. Its snug build makes it a great car for two, but not the perfect family vehicle. It boasts a 5.3 cubic foot trunk, which can hold enough luggage for a weekend if you pack lightly. The basic, no frills design makes it a great car for commuters and vacationers alike, however, if you’re using the car on a daily basis we recommend the PRHT option. This trim provides a quieter ride, along with the safety and security of a coupe.

If you’re looking to regain the thrill of the road, look no further than the 2008 Mazda Miata. With its simplistic features and zippy design, the Miata makes driving fun again. Perfect for a weekend getaway, the Miata allows for great sound and provides perfect entertainment. With the top down and the open road before you, you can’t beat the Miata for putting fun back into the driver’s seat!

By JSC Editor.

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