For 2004, Mazda's sports car doesn't get a complete overhaul
or a complete redesign. Instead, its manufacturers took
the more subtle approach when dealing with the 2004 Mazda
Miata. They decided that instead of making a big splash,
they would ease into the water surreptitiously.
So what exactly did they improve with this year's Miata?
Basically, all they did was update the styling of its wheels.
This is nothing new for the manufacturer-they have kept
the same basic design for the Miata for over a decade.
However, being the world's most popular sports car, it's
safe to say that the Miata can pretty much do as it pleases.
After all, there is little chance people are ever going
to turn away from a great ride, especially when it's offered
at such a reasonable price.
The 2004 Mazda Miata is offered in base, Club Sport, Shinsen
Version, LS, and top-line SE models.
The 2004 Mazda Miata is a small, two-door convertible. It
seats two people, but that's about it. The trunk really
isn't that big either.
That's because the 2004 Mazda Miata isn't about size. It
is a sports car for sunny Sunday drives, not cross-country
treks. As such, the most important seat is the driver's,
which is what the interior design centers around.
You sit down in deep bucket seats, which can be lined in
leather (depending on the model). The steering wheel is
wrapped in leather so you won't ever lose your grip. If
you want, you can choose a Bose sound system that will engulf
you in sound as the countryside zips by.
The Mazda Miata is truly a convertible. All 2004 models
have a manual-folding soft top with a heated glass rear
window. A windblock panel is also included-its function
is obvious. If that's not your thing, a removable hardtop
The 2004 Mazda Miata is rather tiny, so it doesn't need
a ridiculous engine to give it a good amount of speed. The
motor under its hood is a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder model.
It delivers 142 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 125 lb-ft of
torque at 5500 rpm.
The Miata's steering is power-assisted. Front and rear
independent double-wishbone suspension with gas-filled shock
absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars and a front suspension
tower brace keep the ride nice and smooth.
Safety and Security
4-wheel disc brakes and dual front airbags are standard.
Antilock brakes, a theft-deterrent system with an alarm
and more are optional.