2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Fully Restored by the 10,000-Mile Mark
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on June 10, 2016
It's taken a little longer than expected, but our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata just passed the 10,000-mile mark. Over the last 5,000 miles, it has been the subject of several road trips, including Reese's adventure to Death Valley for the wildflower "super bloom." Mark subjected it to a punishing sandstorm test during another (the Miata lost, by the way). He, Dan and I spent a good chunk of time restoring it to its pre-sandstorm condition, which included an extensive detailing job, air filter replacement, headlight restoration and a new windshield (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).
We've fine-tuned our impressions about the Miata over the past few months. As Mark and Reese noted, the Miata's minimal sound insulation causes a substantial amount of wind and road noise at highway speeds. Josh lamented the loss of the rev-happy engine from the last MX-5. JayKav took note of the Miata's extremely easy-to-deploy softtop. And, perhaps most shockingly, Magrath disagreed with several people on staff (myself included, I've also inadvertently hit the controller knob).
The road trips helped increase the Miata's overall fuel economy from 29.1 mpg in the first 5,000 miles to 30.1 mpg overall. That lands us a hair above the EPA's Combined estimate. We don't see that very often for sports cars.
We'll have to increase the number or distance of long road trips, because we're lagging a bit if we hit the 20,000-mile mark before the end of October. Wherever we take the Miata in the next few months, we'll try to avoid the desert.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 10,000 miles