2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Monthly Update for October 2016
by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
The Edmunds long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata may not have seen as many miles in October as the previous month — 1,440 miles versus last month's 4,870 — but that doesn't mean it wasn't eventful. Vehicle Testing Assistant Michael Massey made a point over a long weekend to get some quality seat time, forming a driving bond so strong he even began to turn a similar shade of red.
A short time before that, Dan Edmunds demonstrated how easy it is to install a navigation system if you've got a Club model like ours with the necessary hardware — and likewise, how you might prank a friend by turning the navigation system into a digital compass.
Lastly, our trusty Miata logged some track time at our annual driver's training school, where editors took turns lapping it around a skidpad at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California. The Miata's ability to communicate fundamental vehicle dynamics make it a perfect tool for those wanting to learn the craft. In fact, we can't think of a vehicle better suited to the job.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Our 31.8-mpg average for the month of October bumped our overall average up to 31.3 mpg, easily besting the EPA combined estimate of 30 mpg. This is our third-best month since we received the car a year ago, though it's well behind the road-trip-heavy month of September, when we posted a 34.6-mpg average.
Not bad considering how good it feels to run the engine to redline.
Average lifetime mpg: 31.3 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 30 mpg combined (27 city/34 highway)
Best fill mpg: 41.6 mpg
Best range: 401.6 miles
Current odometer: 20,292 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
After the extensive action in September, our Miata had all but worn through its rubber shoes. A replacement set of four 205/45R-17 Bridgestone Potenza S001 tires set us back a total of $854, including $777 for the tires and, coincidentally, $77 to have them mounted and balanced. Other than that, the Miata needed nothing, but it's about due for another oil change.
"I just noticed the Miata's sun visors have permanently fixed inside hinges. This prevents you from unclipping and rotating them to block sunlight beaming in from the side windows." — Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor
"The Miata is so nimble on the road that you don't need to drive it to its limits to have fun." — Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant