The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is One of Consumer Reports’ Top Picks of 2017

March 15th, 2017 by

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF displayThe new 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is already a winner, earning a spot on the “10 Top Picks of 2017: Best Cars of the Year” by Consumer Reports. Any fan of the Miata likely won’t be shocked at its victory; however, we think its ability to pass Consumer Reports’ stringent tests with flying colors, and distinguish itself from the competition, is worth mentioning. Keep reading to learn more about what the Top Pick distinction means for the new Miata!

What Makes a Car a Top Pick?

To be counted among Consumer Reports’ Top Picks, a vehicle must perform exceptionally on all fronts. A vehicle’s Overall Score in each category – road-test performance, reliability, safety, and driver satisfaction – provides a window into its capabilities. Below, you’ll learn more about how an Overall Score is gauged in each of those four areas:

  • Road Test: Each year, Consumer Reports subjects over 70 new vehicles to upwards of 50 road tests at its facility in Colchester, CT, checking everything from acceleration to emergency braking.
  • Reliability: Annual subscribers’ surveys on new vehicles provides a closer look into the strengths and weaknesses of possible Top Picks.
  • Owner Satisfaction: In addition to reliability, annual subscribers’ surveys delve into general satisfaction, and whether an owner would purchase their vehicle again if given the choice.
  • Safety: Crash test data from the IIHS and NHTSA is closely examined, along with standard and optional safety systems.

A Glimpse at the 2017 MX-5 Miata

With a road-test score of 80, as well as excellent reliability and satisfaction scores, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata easily makes the cut. Outfitted with a 155-hp 4-cylinder engine, rear-wheel drive, an ultra-smooth manual transmission, and a compact, lightweight body, the Miata sails down streets and highway with grace and style.

Even better, this two-seater is no gas-guzzler, and earns up to 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway. The close-knit cabin offers an available dial-controlled infotainment system, while the convertible top can be opened on a dime for a cool breeze or starry view. With so much on offer, and for a competitively priced starting rate, it’s no wonder the Miata is the world’s top-selling roadster.

Explore the Legendary Miata at Tracy Mazda!

The 2017 MX-5 Miata Roadster’s status as one of Consumer Reports’ 10 Top Picks of 2017 makes its lengthy list of strengths and features all the more impressive. If you’re intrigued by the spirited MX-5 Miata, schedule your test drive at Tracy Mazda! We’re standing by from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday! While you’re here, be sure to check out our guide to Mazda MX-5 Miata weight and how it can improve your performance.