How It Makes You Feel - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: How It Makes You Feel

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on March 3, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

We've got some very versatile vehicles in our fleet right now: Honda Pilot, Kia Sedona, Toyota Tacoma. For helping me through my daily life, they're excellent.

Then there's the Edmunds' long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. It seats two, is loud on the freeway, has a dinky trunk, and cupholders in rather inconvenient places. Not very versatile, this one.

But for creating emotions, it's hard to beat the Miata.

In congested traffic, you might feel a little exposed as a big SUV or lifted HD pickup rumbles by. The Miata is diminutive even by roadster standards. But you're also in more control driving a Miata than in other cars. It responds so quickly and faithfully to how you steer, brake and accelerate that you can be more precise about where you are on the road and in relation to other cars. A minivan can make you feel safe should you get in an accident. A Miata helps you feel safe by knowing you can avoid one in the first place.

Convertibles are also just great fun. I recently took my eight-year-old daughter with me on a grocery run in the Miata. The day was near-perfect for it: partly sunny and low 70s. For the way home, I lowered the top. My daughter was putting her hands above the windshield, sticking her head out the side and generally having a grand time.

After a while of this, she looked over at me. The air was swirling her hair and she had a wide, happy grin on her face. As a dad, it was a memorable moment.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

It also reminded me how children so easily enjoy the little things in life. Driving a 2016 Miata is a great way to bring out your inner kid.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,863 miles

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