2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Stops Short
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 15, 2016
I really enjoy driving our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. It's easy to steer, easy to park and, perhaps most importantly, easy to stop. The brakes are well-calibrated for stop-and-go stuff, which is always nice, but the Miata's heavy-braking skills are worth noting, too.
At the Edmunds test track, we measure braking distances in a simulated panic stop from 60 mph. When we tested our Miata, it did the deed in 108 feet.
To put that in perspective, a base 2016 Nissan 370Z stopped in 114 feet, a Ford Focus ST needed 109 feet and the Camaro SS and Ford Shelby GT350 checked in at 102 and 101 feet, respectively, with their super-sticky shoes. I'd say the Miata acquits itself pretty well in this company.
What's more, the Miata's brakes have staying power. Hit the pedal repeatedly (think enthusiastic canyon driving) and there's little sign of fade. That gives you the confidence to drive harder for longer. It's just part of what makes this car such a joy to drive.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 13,400 miles