Traded in my 2006 Corvette for a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, so that alone should tell you something! More fun to drive, better handling, smoother manual shifting and just more exciting overall. My only issues are with some of the interior design flaws. The CD player is behind the seats rather than in the dashboard by the radio where it belongs. There is no "glove box" even though there is room for one. The GPS outlet is located near the passenger's feet where it is not accessible from the driver's seated position--not a problem if you have the navigation system in the "Club" or "GT" trims. The cup holders are located where they can not be easily reached. The sun visors are too small and do not rotate to the sides. The floor mats are very thin and not reinforced where the driver's clutch foot comes into contact with them. Despite these few interior design issues, which may seem petty to many, this car is a blast to drive and I am pleased with my purchase.
I purchased the manual Sport and it's Great in almost every way. A bit more interior storage would be nice but other than that, it's a car you will WANT to drive. It's fun, handles very well, and gets looks everywhere I go. The 6 speed manual is wonderful. One of the very best I've ever driven. I don't really push it and am a conservative driver and the MPG's are fantastic. Average 28.5 in town and over 40 MPG on Highway if you keep it under 65 MPH. Recent interstate highway trip of over 100 miles on rolling terrain got 42.5 MPG !! Great with the top down but loud cabin at interstate speeds with top up. Would recommend this car to anyone who wants a fun to drive, sporty convertible that gets great MPG's and makes you feel happy every time you get behind the wheel. ----- It's been a year since I purchased this car and although I only drive it 200 - 300 miles a month it still is a great car. Still wish it had more easy to get to storage but that being said I would buy it again. Only small problem is that the convertible top does not pop up as much as when it was new which makes it a little harder to get a grip to raise from the inside while seated. ZOOM ZOOM.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata incredibly fun to drive. The Grand Touring trim level is nicely equipped with current technology. However, the absence of a rearview backup camera is a glaring oversight. Sitting low with high headrests, rollover bars, and windscreen, it is virtually impossible to see if anything is behind the vehicle. The cross-traffic alert system helps. But, having a visual of any obstacles (without having to put down the convertible top), would allow far more confidence when backing up.
For fun per dollar, you can't beat the MX-5. My 2016 GT is my third Miata, so obviously I like them. This one is definitely the best of the bunch, but I have one gripe. It's the built-in navigation system. Actually, I'm not thrilled with the 'infotainment' system in general, but the navigation system is dreadful. It came 'standard' with the GT trim, so I gave my Garmin to my daughter. Big mistake. Unlike my old Garmin, the Mazda nav system doesn't provide live traffic alerts, the directions don't seem as accurate, the interface and display are not as intuitive, and after three years, you have to pay for map updates (with Garmin, they're free). Right now, I'm debating turning the thing off and using the big ugly screen in the center of the dash as a mounting plate for a new Garmin. If I still have the car three years from now, that's probably what I'll do rather than buy a map update. With all the attention the engineers obviously gave to making this a really impressive car, you'd think they'd have opted for a state-of-the-art nav system.
UPDATE March 2017 - The Nav system remains disappointing. Entering an address using the voice interface usually fails. The infotainment system controls cannot (or at least should not) be used while driving because you would need to take your eyes off the road to view the display screen. The car still drives well and looks great, though. I did have to replace the windscreen because it was cracked on two separate occasions by a pebbles hitting it. I don't know if this was just bad luck or something to do with the shape of the car, but it seemed odd that there would be two such instances in a month. Since having it replaced, it's been fine, but I've not done much highway driving.
If you wanted a comfortable roadster, with great road feel, snappy handling, this is it. I am a pretty hard convertible buyer to please, I've owned a 1994 Mercury Capri (which was a stylish 40mpg fun car), a 2005 supercharged Mini Cooper S Convertible with the John Cooper Works package (hard to beat performance), and I also had a 1971 Lemans Sport convertible (classic american muscle). A co-worker brought in his 2016 black Miata Sport into work. This being his 2nd Miata (he had the NC prior) he asked, no, begged me to drive his new 2016 Miata Sport. OK, I'll admit it, I was like how could 155hp be FUN after all my MINI had 207hp and weighed in only slightly more than this! Ok, I was wrong, dead wrong. I bought my white 2016 last week. This car is a BLAST. Its not techy (although the bluetooth is flawless). Every other control is just RIGHT. Controls are non-distracting, easy to use without looking (dials with tactile feel and easy to use). But you are looking at this car for the driving experience, and for that it's just flawless. Do yourself a favor, drive one. Stop reading reviews, and just drive it.