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2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata Trim Levels and Features Explained

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2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata Trim Levels Explained: The Mazda Miata has the most global sales of any sports automobile, as reported by the Guinness Book of World Records. Motor Trend labeled it the “best bang for the buck roadster,” Automobile magazine often referred to it as an “All-Star,” and Edmunds.com dubbed it “Consumers’ Most Wanted Convertible for Under $25,000.” The Mazda Miata is also the vehicle that revived the two-seat, inexpensive, fun-to-drive roadster market in 1989 and has subsequently set several sales records.

Consumers believe the Mazda MX-5 Miata continues to be an unrivaled driving value and a hell of a fun vehicle. Detractors claim it is a formidable opponent on the racetrack. The Miata is back to commemorate its 15th anniversary with a 2004 model that has aesthetic and trim level changes. It is the best vehicle for pure driving and ownership enjoyment. The original Miata’s development ethic, oneness of horse and rider,” though, remains as fundamental and accurate as ever.

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2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata Trim Levels – What’s New

Black Cherry and Strato Blue, two sleek new exterior colors that are guaranteed to draw attention, have been introduced to the 2004 Mazda Miata trim levels. Newly created 16-inch aluminum wheels with wheel locking and high-performance radial tires are another addition for 2004.

The 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a redesigned wind blocker with built-in music system speakers within the cockpit. This improves high-range audio response, which is sometimes lost when the roof is dropped, and makes it easier to hear the regular AM/FM/CD radio while driving top-down.

Also available in showrooms for the 2004 model year is the first and only factory-turbocharged Mazdaspeed Miata.

2004 Mazda Miata Trim Levels

2004 mazda miata trim levelsThe two-door convertible 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in three trim levels: Miata, Miata LS, and MAZDASPEED.


The 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine in the normally aspirated Miata and Miata LS generates 142 hp at 7,000 RPM as well as 125 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 RPM.

The 2004 MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata, which has a single scroll turbocharger with a maximum boost pressure of 8.5 psi, generates 178 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque, 25 and 33% more than the 2004 Miata with a normally aspirated engine.

The turbocharged engine is cooled with a Denso tube-fin air-to-air intercooler, and the pistons’ shape has been altered to reduce the compression ratio from 10.0:1 to 9.5:1. The oil cooler plate receives two more sections, allowing for increased cooling capacity, while the engine block is altered to fit the oil line for the turbocharger.


A five-speed manual gearbox is standard on both the Miata and Miata LS, while a four-speed automatic is available on both vehicles. A six-speed manual gearbox with a final drive change from 3.90 to 4.10 is an option for the Miata LS.

The 6-speed manual gearbox is the sole transmission available and is standard equipment on the MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata.


Balance is Miata’s greatest asset and the reason it excels in racing. Even with passengers and baggage on board, the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive design of the Miata ensures a weight distribution that is close to 50/50. This balance, along with a narrow track and short wheelbase, determines its agility.

Independent double-wishbone suspension is used for the front and back. Mazda’s engineers decided to employ gas-filled dampers together with front and rear stabilizer bars in order to optimize performance without compromising the ride.

A front suspension tower brace is installed between the front shock towers because platform stiffness and chassis rigidity are essential for producing a car that rides and handles smoothly. The 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata trim levels also feature an integrated powertrain frame that reduces the amount of twisting and movement the engine and gearbox experience with respect to the car’s body.

Power steering and four-wheel vented disc brakes (with an optional anti-lock system) are standard on all 2004 versions.

2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata Standard Features

Let’s discuss the 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata’s MSRP, standard equipment, and optional packages now. We’ll start with the basic model Miata, which has an MSRP of $22,098.

MX-5 Miata – $22,098

2004 mazda miata base
The base model 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes standard with:

  • 8L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing
  • 5-speed manual overdrive transmission with short-throw shifter
  • Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering with engine-speed-sensing variable assist
  • Power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 4-wheel double-wishbone suspension with gas-filled shock absorbers
  • Front shock-tower brace
  • Front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Sport-tuned exhaust system
2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata Trim Levels EXTERIOR FEATURES
  • 16-inch alloy wheels with wheel locks
  • W-rated high-performance radial tires
  • Black vinyl convertible top with vinyl boot cover
  • Glass rear window with defogger
  • Dual body-color power remote mirrors
  • 2-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Power antenna
  • Clear-lens halogen headlights with projector-type low beams
  • Clear-lens halogen fog lights
  • Reclining bucket seats
  • Black cloth upholstery
  • Carpet floor mats
  • Windblocker antidraft panel with integrated speakers and storage pouch
  • Lockable center console storage and glove compartment
  • Power windows with the driver’s 1-touch-down feature
  • Silver-finish interior trim
  • 3-spoke Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heater/defroster with a 4-speed blower and side-window demisters
  • Air conditioning
  • AM/FM/CD stereo with 4 speakers and digital clock
  • Engine-immobilizer antitheft system

MX-5 Miata LS – $24,903

2004 mazda miata LS
The 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS has a starting MSRP of $24,903 and gets all the standard features of the base model Miata, plus a:

  • Tochigi-Fuji torque-sensing limited-slip differential (manual transmission only)
  • Black or Parchment cloth convertible top with vinyl boot cover
  • Black or Parchment leather-trimmed upholstery
  • Power door locks with 2-stage unlocking
  • Remote keyless entry system
  • Cruise control
  • AM/FM/CD stereo with 225-watt Bose 6-speaker system

2004 MAZDASPEED MX-5 Miata – $25,500

2004 mazdaspeed miata

The top-spec MX-5 Miata for 2004 is the MAZDASPEED with a starting MSRP of $25,500. MAZDASPEED is all about adding even more no-holds-barred performance to cars already legendary for it. On the MX-5 Miata that includes:

  • 8L DOHC turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder engine (178 hp /166 lb-ft)
  • IHI turbocharger with 8.5 psi maximum boost
  • Front-mounted air-to-air intercooler
  • Iridium spark plugs
  • Larger radiator core; increased cooling capacity
  • Higher-capacity oil cooler
  • Euro-spec fresh-air duct
  • Red wrinkle-finish valve cover; anodized aluminum MAZDASPEED oil cap
  • Short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with shot-peen-hardened gears
  • Heavy-duty clutch
  • Heavy-duty 25mm driveshafts
  • Bosch torque-sensing limited-slip differential
  • Sport-tuned stainless exhaust with large MAZDASPEED exhaust tip
  • Silver-painted shock-tower brace
  • Optimized steering rack
  • MAZDASPEED-tuned and lowered double-wishbone suspension
  • silver-painted Bilstein shock absorbers with firmer tuning
  • Red-painted larger front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Higher-rate springs
  • Power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes with silver-painted calipers
  • Anti-lock Brake System
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • 17″ x 7″ Racing Hart aluminum alloy wheels
  • Toyo Proxes R28 unidirectional high-performance tires
  • MAZDASPEED front and rear air dams and rear spoiler
  • Smoke-tint headlight housings
  • Body-color cap for inside rearview mirror with MAZDASPEED logo
  • Black leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with red stitching
  • Black and red cloth upholstery with red door inserts
  • Silver gauges with the MAZDASPEED logo
  • MAZDASPEED floor mats
  • Stainless-steel scuff plates and alloy foot pedals
  • Silver mesh finish on the center panel and shift panel
  • 225-watt AM/FM stereo with level control and in-dash 6-disc CD changer
  • Bose 6-speaker sound system with door-mounted tweeters

2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata Trim Levels Available Packages

2004 mx-5 miata miata trim levels accessoriesThere are four available packages for the 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata trim levels.

Suspension Package
  • Bilstein shock absorbers all around
  • Revised spring rates
  • Stabilizer bar tuning
  • Limited-slip differential (standard on LS)
Convenience Package
  • Door-mounted tweeters
  • Power door locks
  • Remote keyless entry system
  • Cruise control
Appearance Package 1
  • Large front air dam
  • side sill extensions
  • rear mudguards
Appearance Package 2
  • Small side sill extensions
  • rear mudguards

Standalone Options

Standalone options for the 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata trim levels include:

  • 6-speed manual overdrive transmission with leather-wrapped gearshift knob (LS only)
  • 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission
  • Anti-lock Brake System (LS only)
  • Detachable hardtop with rear window defogger
  • Rear spoiler
  • Chrome fuel-filler door
  • In-dash 6-disc CD changer
  • Cassette player
  • Perimeter shock sensor alarm
  • Headlamp and tail lamp bezels
  • Cargo net
  • Compass and outside temperature auto-dimming mirror
  • Door edge guards, color-keyed
  • black leather upholstery with red stitching without red door inserts (MAZDASPEED only)

2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata Trim Levels Paint Colors

Lastly, let’s go over the paint colors for the 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata trim levels. There are 9 available colors. Not every color is available on every trim level. This color is:

  1. Brilliant Black
  2. Strato Blue
  3. Classic Red
  4. Pure White
  5. Emerald
  6. Black Cherry
  7. Sunlight Silver
  8. Velocity Red
  9. Titanium Gray

2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata Image Gallery

Final Thoughts

I guess that’s all. I discussed the 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata trim levels, MSRP, standard equipment, optional packages, standalone options, and paint colors. Please like, share, and subscribe to my channel if you found this information helpful.

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