2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: If It Ain't Broke...
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on December 14, 2015
I recently spent a weekend with our new long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. I was pleased to find that operating the convertible top was a one-handed process that took just a few seconds.
It's the same basic, elegant solution Mazda has used in the Miata for years.
Dropping the top of the Miata simply requires you to unlatch the center and push it back and down until it clicks.
Pull down on the latch.
Push back and down.
To raise the roof, you pull a release that rests between the seats. This causes the roof to pop up just high enough that you can reach directly over your shoulder and grab a handle. Pull it up and relatch the center.
Pull up on the lever.
Grab the handle and pull forward.
Rehook and push up on the latch.
After a few times, I could do it without looking. Putting down the top also doesn't require me to contort, meaning I could keep my seat belt buckled. The whole process is simple and much quicker than any power-operated top available.
Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant