by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 18, 2016
"Why did we take this car again?" This was my wife's quote to me as she was trying to get out of Edmunds' long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. We had gone out to dinner and she had dressed up with stylish 3-inch heels.
"Because it's cool, obviously," I replied.
"Whatever. Help me out."
It's true that the Miata is harder to get in and out of compared to most other vehicles. It sits low to the ground and, with its top raised, doesn't give you much clearance for your head. But as sports cars go, the Miata is pretty typical. There are worse offenders, in fact, such as our long-term Dodge Viper. And that made me think of something I bought for our Viper and never followed up on: it's time to test out the Car Cane.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on June 10, 2016
It's taken a little longer than expected, but our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata just passed the 10,000-mile mark. Over the last 5,000 miles, it has been the subject of several road trips, including Reese's adventure to Death Valley for the wildflower "super bloom." Mark subjected it to a punishing sandstorm test during another (the Miata lost, by the way). He, Dan and I spent a good chunk of time restoring it to its pre-sandstorm condition, which included an extensive detailing job, air filter replacement, headlight restoration and a new windshield (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3).
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 30, 2016
A bad steering wheel can ruin a car for me. It's the input device you interact most with in a car. Steering wheels vary wildly from car to car, and every car calls for a certain type. If the wheel doesn't feel right, it can bring down what is otherwise a great vehicle.
That's not the case for our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. In fact, it might be my favorite steering wheel in the entire test fleet.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 25, 2016
I like our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata quite a bit. I've probably had more seat time than anyone else in the office. I've taken it on a couple road trips and the occasional commute, putting several thousand miles on the odometer in the process. With all that time in the driver seat, I think I'm qualified enough to say that the seats in the Miata suck. More than that, I think they're getting worse.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on April 26, 2016
I like both Ron Montoya and Mark Takahashi. Unfortunately, they have wantonly deceived us all through perspective-based trickery! :::gasp:::
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on March 22, 2016
How dead-simple is opening and closing the long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's convertible roof? Simple enough A four-year old could do it.
Correction: a four-year old has done it.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on March 17, 2016
Whenever we need to attend an industry event and it's not ridiculously far away, we take one of our long-termers to rack up some miles. For my trip out to Pahrump, Nevada, I was given the choice of our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata or the Viper. Neither are really known for long-distance comfort, but I've made longer trips in far less accommodating vehicles without too much whining.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on March 15, 2016
I'm still new to California, so it's hard to justify staying home on the weekend when there's so much to see. It's even more difficult when you have a fleet of cars at your disposal and an obligation to tack on as many miles as possible.
This rationale led me to Death Valley in our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on March 10, 2016
My abiding memory of our long-term Scion FR-S is one of fun. It was comfortable, had excellent balance and some of my favorite seats ever. On top of that, we added the whiny supercharger, the Volk TE-37 wheels, and the super-gripy Advan AD08 tires, all of which made it even more enjoyable. I haven't driven an FR-S (or it's Subaru twin brother, the BRZ) since that FR-S left our fleet more than two years ago, but it's certainly a car I'd consider owning and I jump at the chance to drive one whenever it's around.
What does all of this have to do with the long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata? Glad you asked.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on February 2, 2016
It's hard not to be impressed by our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Clever design clues abound and it's clear that engineers spent a lot of time sweating the details.
Take its cabin. By cold, hard numbers, the cabin is smaller than that of the outgoing car. Yet there's actually more usable space inside. I'm 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a long torso, and I never feel cramped in there (I even have to slide the seat forward on its track a few clicks).
The sill is easy to navigate, but not so low that the bottom edge of the door drags on standard-height curbs (the large-radius trailing edge helps with this and furthermore allows the latch pillar of the chassis to be stouter). The seatback is designed to give you a couple extra degrees of recline than before. Its armrests are scalloped out a bit near your elbow. Footwell space is ample. The underside of the seat bottom is a skotch closer to the floor — all several minor revisions that make a real difference in its livability.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on January 29, 2016
Ah yes, that grand-old question that stretches all the way back to 2007 when my fellow editors started placing me places (front seat, back seat, third-row seat, trunk, Tesla Frunk) to see if I would fit. The "Riswick" actually became a unit of measurement. My granddad would be so proud?
Anyway, in that tradition I decided to tackle that question in regards to our teeny-tiny 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. And to properly address it, I did it in vlog form. Follow the jump to view.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on January 19, 2016
Bentley made waves last week when it announced that, like Mercedes-Benz before it, buyers will soon have the option to order their Flying Spur or Continental with a stone-trimmed interior. But while Bentley buyers will have to pay an obscene amount of money for their stone veneers, I found something just as rock-hard in our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
And this car only costs $29,850.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 16, 2015
There's weight savings and then there's cheap.
Our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is brilliantly light and responsive, and nimble and athletic and lithe, and any other number of other auto-journo adjectives you could use to describe a car that generally moves exactly where you point it, when you point it. And no doubt its bantamweight 2,332 pounds is a key component of this character.
But some of the weight savings go a little too far.
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on December 14, 2015
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.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on December 9, 2015
Our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a heckuva fun little thing to drive around on the right road.
It's those times when you're not on a fun road that you realize that this thing doesn't really put you in a very good seating position.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on December 1, 2015
My love for our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is nothing new by now, but as promised, here's an imperfection: The steering wheel doesn't telescope.
by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on November 25, 2015
Editor's note: Both Ron (author of this post) and Mark (author of the previous MX-5 post) submitted similar thoughts about the MX-5's kooky placement of its infotainment controls within a day of each other. Herewith, Ron's take on the setup and other cabin confines.
Our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a blast to drive. And if you only focus on that, the ergonomics are just fine. Any other task will require +1 to your dexterity skills. The green squiggly lines in the above photo comprise my "Punch-Out!!"-inspired driver's arm.
Let's take a closer look at some of the ergonomic challenges in the MX-5.
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on November 24, 2015
There's an old adage that says the nail that sticks up gets hammered down. This new MX-5 bucked an industry-wide trend of bigger, more powerful and quieter by going back to the formula that put this plucky, little roadster on the map. Everyone loves the MX-5 Miata when the roads are open, windy and reasonably level. What happens the rest of the time?