2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata MSRP: $28,400

PEANUT CAR IS CITY CHAMP

The MX-5's a snappy, speedy little guy.

Folks who drive cars in the city often keep it on the down-low, as friends will expect them to move furniture or haul the gang.  No such possibility exists with the pint-sized MX-5 Miata, whose dimensions are suitable for the average jockey and whose storage space won’t even hold a guitar, let alone your pal’s luggage.

This midget ride floats around traffic jams, ala Muhammed Ali, like a butterfly, and its power and torque, via an optional 6-speed shifter, sting like a bee.  It’ll also shoehorn into tight parking spots or nab that tiny space near the fire hydrant that the Escalades and Yukons are too fat to consider. A week’s recent test was accomplished with the hard convertible top mostly closed due to drizzle, which also kept us from videoing, but a fine and fun ride it was nonetheless.

Roll bars keep your noggin safe in the event of a rollover.

The MX-5’s 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine making a laughable 167 horsepower actually feels quite powerful when you downshift and step on it, and if you opt for our tester, the best-equipped Grand Touring model, you’ll get a respectable roar and accompanying power.

The 2011 MX-5 interior includes standard power windows with air conditioning and leather wrapped steering wheel on the Sport models. Air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, keyless entry, fog lamps, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls are standard on the Touring models, and optional on the Sport models.

Changes to the 2011 interior included a new center console and armrest, and redesigned seats and door-mounted bottle holders.   The premium Touring package includes an awful-sounding six-disc CD stereo audio system with MP3 compatibility and Bluetooth connectivity. The premium package also includes heated leather seats and Xenon headlamps.

The only caveat is its pricing, which, like anything else, goes up and up and up each year.  If you’ve got a family, this will be your second car.  Or maybe your first, depending on your feelings about your family.

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– Josh Max, AutoGigolo

Specs for the 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata are as follows:

  • Pricing: $22,810 MSRP base price; loaded, it’s $31,300
  • Engine: 2.0-liter I-4 which generates 167 horsepower.
  • Transmission: Five-speed manual transmission.
  • Fuel Economy: 21 miles per gallon city and 28 on the highway.
  • Car Safety Features: Standard safety features include dual front airbags, side-impact door beams, antilock disc brakes and side airbags.
  • Warranty: Mazda’s standard warranty is for 3-years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.