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Mazda MX-5 Miata named top Road Trip Car

It’s the second time the model has earned a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s list

by Carly CaumaintPublished: May 29, 2012 01:30 PM

Mazda’s 2012 MX-5 Miata has earned a spot on the top Best Road Trip Cars list by Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com.

The MX-5 has a demonstrated low cost for buyers within the first five years of ownership, earning the vehicle a Total Cost of Ownership Award from Kelley Blue Book in the Sports Car category earlier this year

This is the second time since 2007 that the MX-5 has showed up on the 10 Best Road Trip Car list. “Whether tracing sinuous back roads or circling simple freeway on-ramps, few cars can better transform those arcs into pure joy than the Mazda MX-5 Miata,” landing the vehicle on the short list in its ninth consecutive year, according to the editors of Kelley Book’s kbb.com.

“Time and time again, the MX-5 Miata proves why it is the best-selling two seat roadster in the world and Mazda is proud to receive this recent honor from kbb.com,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).

O’Sullivan describes why the MX-5 is a promising purchase, not just for the athletic sports car enthusiast, but also for the everyday driver.

“Not only can the vehicle handle the Point A-to-Point B needs of a daily driver yet still offer the performance and athleticism demands to be a road racing champion, but all drivers can enjoy getting behind the wheel of a genuine sports convertible that is safe, dynamic, luxurious and attainable,” said O’Sullivan.

Headquartered in Irvine, automotive consumer guide Kelley Blue Book and its top-rated website kbb.com provide pricing information for consumers on new and used vehicles. Kelley Blue Book also provides information on the manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) as well as the price of the cars dealer invoice, vehicle manufacturer. Kelley Blue Book is the best source for market-reflective values in the industry, according to MNAO.

The MX-5 Miata is sold in four different trims including the SV, Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Each trim is lightweight and designed to sit lower to the ground coining it a low-slung vehicle.  Its rear-wheel-drive form smoothly handles corners and swerving when necessary as well as providing top notch features like their 2.0-liter gasoline engine.

The vehicle price starts at $23,470 MSRP with its soft top feature and $27,540 with its Power Retractable Hard Top feature.

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