2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test - Audio & Technology

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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: I Like the Stereo

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 21, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

I have no idea what Sadlier is rambling on about. The Bose stereo in our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is great. Okay, so it doesn't have the sophisticated sound or controls that audiophiles might be looking for, but you can drive it with the top down and still hear the music. And for this little roadster, that's enough.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Caption This

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on September 2, 2016

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It was a hot day in Southern California. I hopped in our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata and got the message above. I suppose that's one of the drawbacks of having one of those tablet-like displays that don't retract or aren't covered by a hood.

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

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on August 23, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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: I Found the Bose Logo

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 2, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Just a brief note here for posterity. In my stereo evaluation of our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata's standard Bose system, reader hank39 asked if Mazda had "stopped placing the Bose logo on the speaker grilles." I confirmed that the grilles had no logos, and I theorized that "maybe Bose requires a certain level of component quality if you want to use the logo."

I was not correct.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Bose? Oh Noes!

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on July 22, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda has a checkered past with Bose stereos, and when I say "checkered," I mean I can't remember a Bose setup in a Mazda that really cranked. They sound OK, don't get me wrong; they just tend not to meet the higher expectations that the premium branding creates.

Which brings me to the nine-speaker Bose system in our long-term 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Does it break with tradition? Let's see about that.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A Touchscreen That's Not Always A Touchscreen

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on July 6, 2016

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda graciously gives you two ways to interact with the 2016 Miata's optional infotainment system: the 7-inch touchscreen, proudly perched atop the dash (not unlike that Samsung 70-inch 4K Ultra HD TV you just put in your living room) and the controller knob-and-button array located on the center console. Redundancy is good, right? There's just one problem. Only one of these methods works while you're driving.

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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: VIDEO! Tech Interface and Cupholder Vlog

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

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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 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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