The top is super simple and fast to put up and down. The electric-assist rack-and-pinion steering is very precise, and the front wishbone, rear multi-link suspension, with an even lower seating position this time, helps keep the driver feeling bonded with the car in every twist and turn. The feeling of driving such a light car is unlike anything else. The driver is positioned perfectly with respect to the steering wheel, the pedals, and outward visibility is good with the top down. Two carry-on luggage cases will fit in the trunk provided you do not pack them in expanded mode.
A Mazda will never have the panache of a Porsche, but I'll get over it. The two cup holders between the seats sometimes get in the way, but they can be removed. Manual-transmission Club models, with their stiffer Bilstein shocks, front strut brace, limited-slip differential, and other upgrades, trade off some ride comfort for sharper performance. Club models also include satellite radio. The safety equipment blind spot, lane departure, cross traffic alert are all helpful. With the 2016 model, Mazda has brought Miata up to some modern safety, efficiency, and tech expectations, all while preserving that delicate sweet spot that makes it different than anything else on the market. The Miata is just 154 inches long, rides on a small 91-inch wheelbase, and has a little 2.
I have had my Launch Edition Miata for 1 week and it was worth the wait. If this car is as reliable and trouble free as My last one I will be a happy camper. The biggest surprise has been the gas mileage. Mazda has intentionally—counter to many high-performance and sports cars—tuned the Miata to do that because it makes the car handle more naturally and predictably. I thought I wanted the Club model with the added engine brace, upgraded struts, and limited slip differential.
At just over 2,300 pounds in base form, the Miata weighs less than any other roadster on the market. Drive one and you will see what I mean. However, we like the relatively simple menu structure of this system. Some complain theres not enough room for cargo but just remember if it don't fit you don't need it. One thing that we especially admire about the new Miata is its dynamic consistency.
To make the Miata quick, you have to keep the engine on the boil. Three different models of the Miata are offered for 2016. I love the way the car looks. It can make the Club feel almost hair-trigger responsive at first, but it still tracks very well and kept that same glorious consistency on curvy roads. I did have an accident in it when a Caravan decided to pass a car in front of it and entered the oncoming traffic lane and hit me. Mazda has redesigned both of the transmissions in the Miata, and the manual gearbox snicks smoothly from gear to gear—although perhaps with a little less mechanical precision than the previous car—while clutch takeup is light, smooth, and progressive.
At about 154 inches, the new Miata is actually a bit shorter than the outgoing car, yet it becomes somewhat wider, at around 68 inches, and its wheelbase longer to 91. One thing about the new Miata that surprised us, versus previous versions of this model, was our ability to carry on a conversation, at a normal tone of voice, up to about 70 mph. For 2016, Mazda has essentially redrawn the Miata, keeping the long-hood, short-deck proportions of a classic front-engine, rear-wheel-drive roadster but tweaking, sculpting, and detailing everything in between. For 25 years, the Miata has conjured up memories of what it used to be like to drive modest, genuine sports cars, all while converting a new crowd to the top-down joys of a simple, back-to-basics roadster. I love the new car but feel that a bit more leg room on the passenger's side might not have been a bad thing. I did have the car repaired and drove it another 20K mkiles and it was still great. While Mazda says that engine output is essentially the same with regular gas, we think that fuel economy may take a hit if you run on regular—especially if you drive in a more spirited fashion.
Bose 9-speaker sound system is phenomenal. I am thrilled to own it and like the other sport's cars I have owned for the past 30 years, plan on driving it on a daily basis all year long. You always feel in control. With an all-aluminum construction, direct injection and a high 13:1 compression ratio—as well as new 6-speed transmissions with optimized gear ratios, and redesigned ancillary components—the 2. Yet Mazda has gotten everything critical to the soul of this car right. I own 8 cars and one is a Rolls Royce which I have had for may years and still love. The Miata has very well-calibrated electric-assist rack-and-pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes vented in front and solid in back.
From an ergonomic standpoint, the Miata is a home run in how the driver is positioned with respect to the steering wheel, the pedals, and outward visibility with the top down—all that matters. I was able to drive away from that. Went to local cruise night where there was some very exotic collectibles. One of them is that the Miata is tuned to run on premium gasoline. It also includes dual front airbags, stout side-impact door beams, and side airbags in all of its versions. I've owned other sports cars, including a loaded 454 Corvette, but this car is by far the most fun to drive yet.