2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A Joy to Drive
by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on November 4, 2016
I put over 400 miles on our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata during a three-day weekend. It was my first real chance to drive the convertible. I had the top down so much during my travels to Malibu, Ventura and Big Bear Lake that my face and left arm got sunburned.
It was a small price to pay for learning what the Miata's all about.
This car was easy for me to connect with and that made it a blast to drive. The shifter was light in my hand and the short throws made it fun to flick between gears. The Miata is so nimble on the road that you don't need to drive it to its limits to have fun.
Now I understand why people have such an affinity for this car. It is such a joy to drive, especially without the top. Countless smiles crept across my reddening face over the weekend. I look forward to doing it all over again, just with a little more sunscreen next time.
Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant