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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor

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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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: No Nav? No Problem!

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on October 31, 2016

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Our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the Club variant, which is my favorite trim level because of its Bilstein shocks and limited-slip differential. It's the only version that has these nifty bits. The one thing I want that the Club lacks is a navigation system. But that's a shortcoming that can be overcome.

I'm not talking about running Google Maps on a smartphone, although that does work. Some people don't want to drive with a smartphone stuck to their windshield or balanced in an inconvenient nook. Others live in places where data coverage is slim to nonexistent. And not everyone owns a smartphone.

Built-in native navigation solves these problems. Here's how we added it to our Club.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: To Ripley and Back, Believe it or Not

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on September 13, 2016

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Much of my time in our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has taken the form of bite-sized chunks: trips to the mall, dinner and a movie, minor Home Depot runs, shuttling my daughter to a sleepover. I'm blown away every time by its uncanny ability to inject fun into routine errands.

But I've never driven it very far. Each session behind the wheel could only be counted in minutes, not hours. Would I still love the MX-5 as much (or at all) if 6-foot 2-inch me had to spend all day in the saddle? Could I really see myself owning one of these?

My opportunity to answer these questions came last Saturday, when I woke up before sunrise for no good reason. I couldn't sleep, so I did what I've done on previous mornings like this: I grabbed the keys and headed east into the desert with no destination in mind.

By the time I got home, I'd covered 503 miles, burned through a complete tank of gas and gotten partway into another.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Power Error 404 Not Found

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 23, 2016

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When we perform instrumented testing on vehicles, we use a VBOX from Racelogic. The setup we have requires a 12-volt power receptacle, also known as a cigarette lighter socket. With space at a premium in our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata finding that socket proved difficult.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Temperature Indicator Barely Moves

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on July 27, 2016

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I'm used to temperature needles staying on the low side of the gauge so as not to freak drivers out. But I've never seen a fully warm reading as low as the one in our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: The Golf Clubs Technically Fit

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on July 20, 2016

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It's what every golfer wants to know about any convertible:

"Will my golf bag fit?"

And I can attest that the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata does indeed have room for your golf bag, as long as you don't mind if it rides shotgun.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Getting In and Out, Made Easier

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 18, 2016

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"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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Excellent Steering Wheel

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on May 30, 2016

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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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Three Days Will Cure What Ails Ya

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on May 4, 2016

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After a few weeks of driving practical, family-friendly cars like the Ford F-150, Volkswagen Beetle, Honda Civic and GMC Canyon, I found my inner child desperate to break free when the weekend signout sheet made its way to me. To my surprise, my prayers were answered as the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was still up for grabs. I only drove it once, briefly, at the beginning of this year when I picked up Phil from Carmax after he sold our long-term 2015 Ford Mustang. Three days to really acquaint with the little red roadster sounded great.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Arms Fit Fine

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on April 26, 2016

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I like both Ron Montoya and Mark Takahashi. Unfortunately, they have wantonly deceived us all through perspective-based trickery! :::gasp:::

You remember the photo Ron posted of our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata (the one right there ^) and Mark's similar blog post? They complain that there's not enough room and that the knob is in the wrong spot.

They're wrong.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Comfort vs. Fun

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on March 17, 2016

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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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Shifter Is a Benchmark

by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on February 22, 2016

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Simply put, our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's shifter is a model of how to do it right. Also, our long-term 2015 Dodge Viper's shifter is a model of how to do it right.

You wouldn't want the shifter from either car in the other one.

Confused yet?

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Clever Coolant Temp Gauge, But What About Oil?

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on February 10, 2016

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From the simplicity of the roof to its swappable cup holder system, our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is full of clever and simple ideas. The coolant temperature gauge in the instrument cluster is no different.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Does Riswick Fit? VIDEO!

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on January 29, 2016

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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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Rock-Hard Headrests

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on January 19, 2016

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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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: VIDEO! Tech Interface and Cupholder Vlog

by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on January 13, 2016

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I've been told that my first post on our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata can't simply be called "Weeeeeeeee!" with the text reading "Heel-toe! Downshift. Upshift, upshift. Turn for no reason. Turn again for no reason. Yaaaay!"

As such, I've shot a video blog (or "Vlog" as it is called on this here Interwebs) about one of the few drawbacks I've discovered about this wonderful little car. Please click through and enjoy. 

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2016 Mazda Miata: What a Manual Should Feel Like

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on December 28, 2015

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This little shift lever here is one of the most satisfying things about our 2016 Mazda Miata. And I'm not talking about its mere existence either. That's another argument entirely.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: All the Gauges You Need

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on December 18, 2015

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I'm not the least bit surprised that our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a nearly perfect set of gauges. When the sole mission of a car is driving enjoyment, you don't need to crowd the gauge cluster with extraneous extras.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A Gram Here, a Gram There

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 16, 2015

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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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: If It Ain't Broke...

by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on December 14, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Promotes Poor Posture

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on December 9, 2015

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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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Filing for an Extension

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on December 1, 2015

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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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Tight Ergonomics

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on November 25, 2015

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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.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Bad Place to Put a Knob

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on November 25, 2015

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As I noted in my first post, I love the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata for it's fun-loving nature. But perfect it is not. Case in point: that infotainment controller.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Introduction

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on November 24, 2015

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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?

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