Auto review: Mazda shows off the 2023 MX-5 Miata nicely

Marc D. Grasso, Boston Herald on

Published in Business News

The Mazda Miata has been a fan favorite for many years, and in 2023 as the MX-5 Miata it gives drivers a big reason to com back for more: the six-speed manual transmission!

Our Grand Touring tester was wrapped in Zircon Sand Metallic with a Black interior that showed out very well. Its recently upgraded body curvatures, sightline improvements and interior aesthetics were just a few selling points, while the price under $40K will make this sports car a good choice for many.

Although the seats and interior space were tighter than any Corvette I have ever owned, the 2023 MX-5 Miata was specifically designed for smaller people rather than a full-framed person like myself. Space constraints notwithstanding, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is really fun to drive. The six-speed manual transmission is awesome and very easy to shift — enjoyable on all types of roads. Powering the MX-5 Miata is the brand famous 2.0L Skyactiv DOHC 4-cylinder engine, producing 180 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Keeping in mind these numbers are significantly low for a normal sedan but with a curb weight of under 2,400 pounds, these are powerful numbers.

The interior has a center console volume knob and turn dial for controlling the infotainment system; the small 7-inch color screen is very plain, yet easy to use. The Bose Stereo system was pleasant regardless of whether the top was up or not.

Exterior appearance is what stands out the most for me on the MX-5 Miata. The hard-top convertible, the new curvatures and nice Mazda-famous fascia make it one heck of a fun automobile. As the hard-top stows in the trunk, space is certainly designed for daily cruising and not carrying luggage or groceries. While specifically designed for smaller frame folks, off to summer months this goes and fun it will be.


2023 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring


MPG: 26 city / 34 highway / 29.2 as tested

As Tested:$37,120

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