2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Top 10 Qualities You'll Like About The Miata
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 1, 2016
Originally, I planned on writing a list of my top five favorite things about our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. But it quickly became obvious that I was going to have trouble choosing just five. Enter the Top 10.
1) Nimble low-speed handling: You don't have to have the hammer down to have fun in the Miata. Even corners around town can become virtual road course turns for you to pretend you're Lewis Hamilton.
2) Slick manual transmission shifter: More people would buy manual-transmission cars if all shifters were as enjoyable as this. It has a solid, mechanical feel but is also precise and easy to shift quickly. (Here's why.) You'll feel like you're more involved with the car.
3) Distinctive styling: I really like the look of the latest Miata. The tight and muscular styling makes it my favorite of all four generations. The Soul Red paint looks great at sunset, too.
4) Easy top operation: It's a one-person operation that even a four-year-old can do. Opening a soda bottle is harder.
5) High fuel economy: So far we're getting 30 mpg lifetime in our manual-equipped Miata, which matches what the EPA says to get in combined driving. Our drivers aren't exactly light-foots with this car, either.
6) Quick acceleration: You could make a strong argument that the 2004-'05 Mazdaspeed Miata still represents the pinnacle of Miata power, at least direct from the factory. More than a decade later, the 2016 Miata can't match the Mazdaspeed's rated power (155 horsepower versus 178 hp) but the new Miata is actually the quickest Miata yet.
7) Intimate cabin feel: While comfort can be an issue in the Miata, the close proximity of all controls to your reach is gratifying no matter how tall or big you are.
8) Bright LED headlights: Every Miata comes with LEDs. They give you a good view of the darkened road ahead, plus that premium headlight look when other motorists are checking out your car.
9) Easy to park: The Miata's petite size makes it a cinch to zip into parking spaces or wheel around for a U-turn.
10) The Miata ownership experience: You buy a Miata because you like to drive. It's not a Honda Accord, Ford F-150 or Toyota Corolla, and you're putting up with some significant trade-offs because you desire more than A-to-B transportation. Any time you see another Miata driver, you know that he or she feels the same way.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 10,613 miles