If It Ain't Broke... - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: If It Ain't Broke...

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on December 14, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Pull down on the latch.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Push back and down.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Pull up on the lever.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Grab the handle and pull forward.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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

 

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