The Miata is about simplicity in design and operation. It's about having fun behind the wheel. It's about feeling free and young on warm summer nights. This 2002 Miata is no different. It is fun to drive, features excellent steering and handling, and features a new Bose stereo.
This Mazda is equipped with a variable valve timed 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, that puts out 142 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 125 pound-feet torque at 5,000 rpm. Estimated EPA is a respectable 20 City / 26 Hwy / 23 Combined.
Driving and handling is superb. Throttle response is instantaneous. Acceleration is brisk, and the exhaust delivers a spirited tenor bark to go with the engine's increased bite. Handling is excellent. The Miata reacts to the driver's input like a Formula Ford race car: Lift off the throttle in the middle of a fast corner, and you'll feel the chassis rotate as the nose tucks in tighter. Step on the gas again, and the Miata straightens out as weight is transferred to the rear and the rear tires gain grip. It's perfectly balanced.
The Miata seats two in a cockpit and the bucket seats are comfortable and supportive. This LS model adds leather upholstery, a tan convertible top, 205/45WR16 tires, a Torsen limited-slip differential, power door locks, and cruise control. It also features a modular Bose audio speaker system with automatic speed sensing volume control. The top couldn't work any easier; with just one hand you can drop it into the well behind the seats. The glass rear window is complete with an electric defogger.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued a 4 out of 5 driver frontal barrier crash rating.