NEW FOR 2011:

– Exterior colour: Sparkling Black Mica replaces Brilliant Black

For 2011, the Mazda MX-5 is unchanged, except for an exterior colour.

Originally known as the Miata, the MX-5 uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with one of three transmissions: a five-speed manual on the GX, and a six-speed manual on the GS and GT; all can be optioned to a six-speed automatic with manual shift mode that includes paddle shifters on the GS and GT.

There are also three tops available: a black vinyl roof on the GX, a black cloth roof on the GS, and the power retractable hard top, optional on the GS and standard on the GT.

Features on the GX include 16-inch alloy wheels, vinyl top with glass rear window and electric rear defogger, power mirrors, intermittent wipers, fog lights, black seatback bars, CD/MP3/WMA stereo with auxiliary input, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power locks with keyless entry, auto-down windows, floor mats, reclining cloth seats, anti-theft alarm, and locking glovebox. Air conditioning is available as an option.

The GS adds 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning with climate control, sport suspension with Bilstein shocks, stability control, traction control, limited-slip differential, cloth top, mesh grille with chrome trim, silver seatback bars, premium dash trim, driver’s seat height adjuster, exterior temperature gauge, and trip computer.

The GT adds power retractable hard top, xenon headlamps, six-CD Bose stereo, Sirius satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, garage door opener, intelligent key with keyless start, and heated adjustable leather seats.

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