2014 MAZDA MX-5 MIATA: Hard to imagine, but the Mazda MX-5 Miata has been in the marketplace for 24 years as an affordable, no-nonsense driver’s car developed primarily for the North American market. For 2014, the MX-5 is in the third generation, with a sleeker rendition of the original long, lean and supplely rounded body. Trim levels comprise the entry Sport, luxury-loaded Grand Touring, and in between those two, the Club trim that replaces the previous Touring package. All ‘14 MX-5 Miata models wear a refined front fascia, fog lights, and 17-inch alloy wheel design on specific models. At the heart of the 2014 MX-5 remains the highly-responsive MZR 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with an output of 167 horsepower when linked with the five-speed manual gearbox. Automatic-equipped models (steering-wheel mounted dual-paddle shifters) produce 158 horsepower. Sun worshipers have their choice of two distinctive and easy-to-operate roof covers. Standard is the Z-fold design soft top, and an available power retractable hardtop, which outsells the soft-tops by a 4:1 ratio worldwide. Mazda cleverly timed the opening-and-closing cycles for the hardtop at 12 seconds, which coincidently, is "faster than the never-convenient red-light-green-light pause." The top itself descends into a cleverly designed storage well, yet leaves the 5.3 cubic feet of cargo space completely untouched. CHICAGO AUTO SHOW FACT: Mazda held the world debut of the original MX-5 Miata at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, and since then the true sports car has sold more than 900,000 units– making it the best-selling two-seat roadster in the world.
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