Leave Your Baggage Behind - 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 MX-5: Leave Your Baggage Behind

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on November 30, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata doesn't have a lot of cargo space. Also, water is wet and our political system is broken. Thank you, Rear Admiral Obvious.

If you don't "get" the Miata, that's fine. It's not for you. One of my favorite quotes to live by comes from Randy Pausch and it goes something like, "never underestimate the power of fun."

The Miata is all about fun.

Fun fun fun. I love fun.

It's not about practicality or comfort, or luxury, or anything that doesn't have to do with fun. If you can't fit in it, blame your genetics. If the trunk is too small, you have too much stuff. If it's too stiff or too loud, you lost sight of your childhood. If you think it's underpowered, well, you might actually have something there.

Disclaimer: I suffer from revel in Peter Pan Syndrome and once owned a Lotus Elise. I'm willing to make sacrifices for fun.

You don't buy something like this with the illusion that it'll handle everyday car duties. You buy it because it's — wait for it — fun. The kind of fun you had with your first car, or bicycle or motorcycle.

Is the Miata perfect? Of course not. Perfection is an illusion. It has many flaws that my colleagues are waiting to point out. I'm no Miata fanboy, so I'll be pointing them out too. But so far, I doubt any of those flaws will keep me from signing out this car even in the face of a record El Niño season.

Bundle up, it's going to be a fun year. And leave your baggage at home.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 800 miles

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