Base Versus Loaded: 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

By Brandon Turkus

February 10, 2012

Yes, it may be the middle of February, and there may be snow storm barreling towards your brave editorial staff, but that hasn’t stopped us from thinking about two-seat roadsters. One of our favorites is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. This affordable little roadster can be had with a five-speed transmission in the base model for just over $24,000.
Price: $23,470 (Mazda MX-5 Sport Soft Top) + $795 (Destination) + $0 (Options) = $24,265
Price: $30,050 (Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring Power Retractable Hardtop) + $795 (Destination) + $3920 (options) = $33,665
What Does $9400 Buy?
Automatic Transmission - $1100
Power Retractable Hardtop - $1850
Grand Touring Trim - $3630
- 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
- Shock tower brace
- Halogen headlights with projector-type low beams
- Halogen fog lights
- Body-color Power Retractable Hard Top (PRHT)
- Air conditioning
- Power windows with one-touch-down feature
- Remote keyless entry with retractable key
- Steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls
- Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
- Trip computer
- Dual front air bags and side-impact air bags**
- Automatic climate control
- Leather-trimmed seats
- Heated seats with 5-level variable heat settings
- Leather-wrapped parking brake
- Bose® audio system with AudioPilot® 2
Premium Package - $1390
            - Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Lights
            - Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry and Remote Start
            - Bluetooth
            - SiriusXM Satellite Radio
            - Antitheft system
Appearance Package - $1145
            - Front Air Dam
            - Side Sill Skirts
            - Rear Underskirt
All-Weather Floormats - $50
Aluminum Fuel Door - $100
Door Edge Guards - $80
Wheel Locks - $55
Standard Features
167-hp 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with VVT
5-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter
EPA mileage city/hwy (mpg): 22/28†
16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
Halogen headlights with projector-type low beams
Black vinyl convertible top
Cloth-trimmed seats
Air conditioning
Power windows with driver's one-touch-down feature
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible stereo
Dual front air bags and side-impact air bags**