What a Manual Should Feel Like - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Mazda Miata: What a Manual Should Feel Like

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on December 28, 2015

2016 Mazda Miata

This little shift lever here is one of the most satisfying things about our 2016 Mazda Miata. And I'm not talking about its mere existence either. That's another argument entirely.

This shifter is satisfying because of the way it works, the way it feels in your hand, and to a lesser degree, how perfectly simple it looks. While some of my fellow editors have noted that the ergonomics of this Miata get in the way of enjoying this shifter to its fullest extent, I barely noticed.

From its light feel through the gates to its notchy engagement, this shifter encourages you to change gears just for fun. The crisp engagement of the clutch only makes it that much better. Usually I avoid cars with a manual because of my 60- to 90-minute commute home in stop-and-go traffic. In the Miata, I didn't think twice about having to shift a few hundred times.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

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