2007 Mazda MX-5 MIATA
There are 21 user reviews for the Grand Touring trim shown below
- Balanced prerformance, fuel economy and easy convertable top
- Driver side bottle holder
2006 MX-5 Grand Touring 6 speed manual with suspension package and performance package two (2). The 2007 is a carry over and that�s why I write this review here. Over a 1000 miles on vehicle so far.
This vehicle is being reviewed as a daily driver not a second car. As primary transportation a two seat vehicle is obviously not a vehicle for a family with children. Luggage space is limited but not non-existent as in some other roadsters are when the roof is down, so extended excursions can have some limitations.
The RIDE: This vehicle gives the driver a great connection to the road. It does not feel exceptionally harsh but don�t expect the same ride as family or luxury sedans. The steering is precise, tight and corners without lots of roll (could be less with an even stiffer suspension but the suspension would probably become harsh and uncomfortable). Shifting is not as smooth as an Acura TL (should it be in this type of vehicle?) but it gives you a connection to the vehicle that a sports car driver wants.
INTERIOR: I�ve read a lot of reviews about limited space for anyone over 190lbs. I�m 5� 11� 240lbs and am very comfortable. The gauges, heat/cool, radio controls and shift are all located perfectly. Heating and cooling controls are all manual and work well. I do miss heated exterior mirrors and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. The cup holders on the center console are useless unless you have an automatic transmission. The space between the clutch and sidewall is limited (wide shoes/boots I suspect will be a problem). The bottle holder on the drivers door is located where your knee will rest. After two days of this you�ll know how Nancy Kerrigan felt after a Tonia Harding knee job. Temporary solution is to keep a rag hanging out of the bottle holder. If Mazda doesn�t come up with a knee pad insert, I�ll have to invent it myself. The Bose radio system is OK but I�d like to upgrade the speakers (I�m a music fanatic). The cabin is not that quiet with the top up but to be expected with this type of car.
EXTERIOR: The big feature is a manual top that can be raised or lower quickly (3 seconds) and easily. The GT has a cloth roof, that looks great, compared to the vinyl roof all other trims have. One drawback to this is that the roof must be dry before you can lower it (cloth takes time to dry and vinyl you could wipe dry). I considered the folding hardtop available on the 2007 model but decided to let a year or two go by to let the kinks get out (it uses four motors and a lot of mechanical parts). The smart key system makes entering, accessing the trunk and starting the vehicle (no, manuals don�t have remote start) easy. Xenon HID headlights provide excellent light.
ECONOMY: The vehicle uses premium gas and has mpg ratings of 24 city / 30 highway. I�ve always had to drive conservatively to get even the city mpg rating doing a mix of city and highway driving. I�ve been driving rather aggressively (I don�t remember all these people in the way before (I�ll deny this in traffic court)) and am getting 27-29mpg.
OTHER VEHICLE CONSIDERED: 2007 Saturn Sky Red Line. The 2.0L direct injection, turbo charged engine that produces 260HP @ 5300rpm / 260torque @ 2500 - 5200rpm (compared to Mazda�s 166HP @ 6700rpm / 140torque @ 5000rpm) sounds fantastic. The body style is different and looks great. The things I didn�t like are; A) A hard to operate roof that appears to give bad blind spots. B) Some plastic pieces I�m sure will break quickly. C) A 5 speed transmission that comes from a pick up truck. D) Expensive 18� tires. E) Test drive comes after you buy it. I will say that it will make a fine collector�s item to keep in a garage except for those few top down days (New England) that you have off (if employed)....read morehide
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