Getting In and Out, Made Easier - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test
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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Getting In and Out, Made Easier

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 18, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

"Why did we take this car again?" This was my wife's quote to me as she was trying to get out of Edmunds' long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. We had gone out to dinner and she had dressed up with stylish 3-inch heels.

"Because it's cool, obviously," I replied.

"Whatever. Help me out." 

It's true that the Miata is harder to get in and out of than most vehicles. It sits low to the ground, and there's not much clearance for your head with the top up. But as sports cars go, the Miata is pretty typical. There are worse offenders, in fact, such as our long-term Dodge Viper. And that made me think of something I bought for our Viper and never followed up on:

It's time to test out the Car Cane.

As covered in my Viper update late last year, the Car Cane is this "As Seen on TV!" handle.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

With the door open, you insert the Car Cane's metal spike into the door's latch anchor point. These anchor points are sturdy, so you can put plenty of weight on it. Then you just put one of your hands on the Car Cane's handle to support some of your body weight as you enter or exit.

To be honest, I feel a bit goofy using it, and the hokey commercials don't help. But hey, it works. In our Miata, I've previously used the seatback as a point of contact to help push myself up and out. With the Car Cane installed, I can get more leverage and don't have to put undue stress on the seatback bolster.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

I've tried it out for a couple of days and I'm sold. There's even space between the Miata's seat and the floor for permanent storage.

And next time my wife and I go out in the Miata, I can say, "Would you like the Car Cane, dear?" She'll love that.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,923 miles

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