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.
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on September 19, 2016
Our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata set a couple of new high-water marks during August, breaking the records for both range and single-tank fuel economy.
How, you ask? Terrific question. Turns out, it wasn't very difficult.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on September 13, 2016
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.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 8, 2016
I've already demonstrated that our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has no trouble transporting both a golfer and a golf bag, as long as you don't mind putting the bag in the front seat. But what if your wife's car is in for service, and she needs a ride somewhere, and the only way it'll work is if you drop her off en route to your tee time?
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 5, 2016
It's a genuine challenge to get bad fuel economy in our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. I submit the 104.4-mile trip depicted above as evidence. I was on the throttle hard for most of those miles, shooting around town between zero and maybe 50 mph, often leaving it in a lower gear to keep the revs up (because sports car, not because this engine needs 'em).
The blasted thing's still giving me an indicated 27.6 mpg.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 14, 2016
Our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata had another quiet month, totaling up about 800 miles in June. Maybe you can blame me, since I've been the one driving it a majority of the time. In my defense, the lack of miles has more to do with the car's lack of practicality (compared to other vehicles in our long-term fleet) than anything relating to my desire to drive it. For those 800 miles, though, our Miata put up fuel economy numbers similar to what we observed in prior months.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on June 24, 2016
My coworker Josh Sadlier wrote a couple updates about 2016 Mazda Miata that's I've been meaning to respond to. In the first one, Josh said he'd rather buy a used Honda S2000 instead of our Miata. In the second, he noted his disappointment with our Miata's "SkyActiv" engine.
In both cases, the crux of Josh's argument is that our Miata's engine isn't special enough because it doesn't deliver an extra rush of power at high rpm or even rev very high to begin with. I originally thought about titling my update "Why Josh is Wrong." But to his credit, Josh soundly defended his arguments. He even explained that his opinion is an "outlier by American standards."
Well, Josh, I guess that puts me in the majority, as I happen to find our Miata's motor pretty enjoyable.
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 Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on June 7, 2016
We drove our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata into a sandstorm recently, and during May it went to the shop for a new windshield. The maintenance-heavy month meant its 776-mile monthly total fell far short of our usual 1,700-mile target. But in the meantime we found a few things to scrutinize, such as its seats and steering wheel.
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on May 9, 2016
It was business as usual for our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata last month. We put 808 miles on the odometer — barely a third of our heroic March total — and filled the tank just three times, with a best tank of 32.3 mpg and a worst of 28.3 mpg.
That puts our lifetime average at 30.1 mpg, down a tenth from the last check-in. I may have cast aspersions on the SkyActiv engine's fun factor, but it sure seems to be delivering on the fuel-economy front.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on April 7, 2016
To the surprise of no one, our 2016 Mazda Miata is becoming more popular as the weather warms. Some 2,365 miles were added this month, and they bolstered our impression that the Mazda Miata is one of those cars that can readily match its EPA fuel economy rating.
With 8,228 miles of mixed driving now on the clock, our Miata's lifetime average of 30.2 mpg falls right in line with its EPA combined rating of 30 mpg.
And we beat the Miata's 34-mpg EPA highway rating again, setting a new best tank of 37.5 mpg, with a new best range of 329 miles thrown in for good measure.
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 Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on March 8, 2016
Despite its diminutive size and coming up low on the practicality scale, our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata remains very popular in the fleet.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on February 29, 2016
The EPA says the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata should get 30 mpg combined. That's wildly impressive for a performance-oriented car, even one as dainty and modestly powered as the Miata.
And yet, in January, our long-termer improved by one full mpg to cross the 30 mpg barrier. We're now averaging 30.6 mpg and it's not like we're not having any fun, either.
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on January 11, 2016
Since our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was added to our fleet late last month, we didn't have much time to accumulate fuel-economy data in November. At the end of December, there was more data to look at and we've got our first glimpse of what we can expect from the Miata over the next year.
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?