2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Lightning-Quick Top
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on June 17, 2016
We've already determined that the top on our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is so easy to operate a toddler can do it. Luckily, adults can do it, too. And, since it's a manual-folding top, you can actually fold it down or put it up while waiting for a stoplight to change.
When we put convertibles through instrumented tests at the track, we use a stopwatch to time how long their tops take to fold down and to put up. Our long-term BMW M235i took 21 seconds. Some of the quicker times we've recorded fall in the 10-15 second range. With the Miata, we figured it was a bit silly to do a timed test on something that was manually operated, but for fun, I practiced a few times and went for a personal best.
Pop the latch, grab the handle, push the top back — my best time for all that was 1.4 seconds. Of course, that's my "in a hurry" time, but even if I'm feeling lazy, this top still takes less than 5 seconds to fold down, and just about the same amount of time to put up.
Forget doing it at a stoplight. It's quick enough to put it up or down at a stop sign.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 10,216 miles