2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Holds Its Own at the Country Club
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 1, 2016
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a humbly priced car. It starts at around $25,000. Our modestly-equipped version checked in at around $30,000. Yet I believe the new generation's styling allows it to hang with much more expensive sports car crowd.
At the valet line or the country club, it's a car I'd be proud to park.
I really like what Mazda did with the new Miata's look. Of the four Miata generations, this is by far my favorite. It's sleek, sporty and well-proportioned. It sits low to the ground, with the wheels nicely filling up the wheel arches. And while it doesn't really come across in photos, our car's Soul Red paint looks quite rich and deep in the sun after a wash.
Design-wise, Mazda didn't employ many retro touches. That's fine by me. Interestingly though, there are a few elements that do remind me of luxury-branded roadsters. The Miata's fenders, particularly the upswept rear, and curves are similar to those of the original BMW Z3. The closely set twin-tip exhaust outlets also remind me of BMW. Also in back are the Miata's new spear-tip taillights, which remind me of the Jaguar F-Type.
For a lot of people, I bet you could take the badges off the new Miata and easily pass it off as something from Europe. But all the same, it's just as enjoyable to say you've got the new Mazda Miata.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,756 miles