2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A Softtop So Easy a Four-Year Old Can Operate It
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on March 22, 2016
How dead-simple is opening and closing the long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's convertible roof? Simple enough that a four-year old could do it.
Correction: a four-year old has done it.
The little blond-haired bean you see above turned four years old last week. He loves cars more than anything on this planet. Naturally, we indulge him in this fascination.
Yesterday he was sitting in the driver seat making race car noises in the top-down Miata under the supervision of several adults, or at least adult-sized humans. We watched as he popped the release handle. Then he swung the roof towards the windshield header and clamped the central hook down to secure the top. Done.
We were, frankly, stunned. All of this happened with zero coaching. It was a spontaneous act that reinforced just how clever and user-friendly this new Miata is.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 7,645 miles.