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Long Distance Driving in a Miata MX-5
By spencer08 on
2008 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sport 2dr Convertible w/Power Hard Top (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Before buying my 2008 Sport Hardtop 5-speed, my main concerns were riding comfort and gas mileage. After experiencing my first long trip (5905 mi), both concerns are gone! Ride is firm, but comfortable, with exception of older concrete surfaces that can produce fairly harsh jitters. Driver seat is very supportive, especially the back. Overall ride is very good, not great, and very quiet for a convertible. If you're not a lead foot, you can get very good gas mileage. I've gotten 32.5 mpg in/around town, and 35.6 mpg total over the long trip above (as high as almost 42 mpg in slower mountain driving, and low of 33 mpg at sustained highway speeds of 70/75 mph. (All mileages calculated.)
Retractable hardtop is absolutely great! Up or down in 12 secs, with more headroom and quieter than the soft top. Handling is exceptional, and ride much better than expected for a sports car. And if you stomp on it, the MX-5 delivers as much performance as you'll ever need in sane driving.
The base radio/sound system delivers very modest performance, and can be rather confusing/frustrating to use.