August 26, 2010
OK, I don't doubt that you all already know what a hard top looks like but check it out in our 1994 Mazda Miata. The visibility out the back is now teh awesome. No more tiny, swaying window to look out of but this huge expanse of glass and, look, there's even a shelf back there for my purse.
Here's a view of the rear via the rearview mirror.
August 20, 2010
The seat is tearing apart and the pedal covers are falling off, so why did I enjoy driving the Miata so much last night?
The light traffic on Sunset certainly helped, but it was mostly because I found that this two-seater is shockingly comfortable for my 6'2" frame. I don't even have to put the seat back all the way. The spacious foot box helps too as you're not forced to constantly shift around to keep your feet properly aligned.
Yes, getting in and out is a bit comical, but no more so than our Viper. And that car feels claustrophobic compared to the Miata. Never would have guessed that from the outside.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com
August 18, 2010
You can't see it well in this photo, but our long-term 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a new top. It's black, and yes, it's a hardtop. Jay will tell you the particulars about the acquisition and installation of the hardtop in a subsequent blog entry.
For now, I'll just offer a few impressions from my 50-mile overnight visit with the car. To start, our MX-5 absolutely needed a new top. The soft top had begun to self-destruct, as you know, and it leaked water and sometimes came unlatched on the freeway.
In contrast, the new hardtop fits snugly. Top-up visibility is vastly improved. And we now have an extra storage area where the old soft-top mechanism used to be. On the flip side, that new "open hatch" area creates a booming resonance on the freeway as sound bounces off the sides of the hardtop. Oh well. It's still quieter in here than it was under the old soft top; we'll take some decibel readings for you at a later date.
I didn't really miss being able to put the top down while blasting down the freeway at night. But this morning when I walked outside and saw this sky, it bummed me out a little. I took a drive down the coast from Big Sur to Cambria, California, last weekend in a Z4, and the setting sun and salt air are still fresh in mind.
Obviously, the Miata's hardtop can be removed -- we just can't do it on the spur of the moment anymore. I crave that spontaneity, so if I bought a personal Miata, it would have to have a soft top.