2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Genius Shines Through at Two-Tenths
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on January 21, 2016
I signed out our new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata last weekend. But I didn't get a chance to drive it as much as I'd hoped. There were lots of homebound chores to do. At times it was raining felines and canines. And the four of us had places to go together on two different occasions.
In between, I jumped in into the Miata whenever I could. I needed something at Home Depot. I drove to the auto parts store to buy an oil filter for my wife's car. I carted my daughter to a friend's house for a sleepover. I was never going fast, there were no epic on-ramps to attack and the threat of rain hung in the air. Excluding the drive to and from the office, I bet I didn't put 50 miles on it.
None of that mattered. The new Miata's greatness shined through on the most mundane of streets. The genius of this car is how engaging it is even when you're going to the post office to buy stamps. It forges a connection between machine and driver at two-tenths like no other car I've ever driven. I absolutely love it. I need one of my own.
And yes, I put the top down — frequently. I hate the sun beating down on my cranium, so a cold gray sky was all right with me. I equipped myself with a thin jacket and a ball cap and cranked up the heater. I'm that guy.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing