The Mazda Miata. Sure, it’s not a supercar like the new Audi R8. Mazda never intended it to be, and fans sure don’t want it to have the sticker shock of buying a supercar, or Flo from Progressive laughing maniacally when you buy insurance.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miatas have made its way into the hands of owners, and minus the owner wrecking the first one within minutes, the response has been positive from both fans and observers. It gives you the roadster feel, without the roadster cost.
How much are we talking? The MX-5 Miata Sport (entry) starts at $24,915, the Club (mid-tier) at $28,600 and the Grand Touring at $30,065. Not exactly entry-level Kia prices, but if you want the wind blowing through your hair (or chillin’ the top of your head for us buzzcut people) it’s a nice price.
Mazda is quick to point out the Grand Touring isn’t necessarily the ‘best’ option. Instead, it offers the most functionality if it becomes your daily driver. It is the luxe version, offering black leather, blind spot and lane departure tech, smart keyless entry, etc. You get the idea.
For the spec junkies, the new 2016 Miata might on the surface be disappointing in the horsepower department. The 2.0L SKYACTIV engine puts out 155 horsepower, down from the 167 horsepower in the outgoing model.
But, wait. The 167 horsepower figure? That was at 7,000 rpm. The 2016 model hits the 155 horsepower peak at 6,000 rpm. At lower points, you are getting more power than the outgoing Miata.
The new engine does have a nice bonus. Fuel economy clocks in at 34/27 mpg on the manual. The automatic sips regular unleaded at 36/27 mpg.
Also, the new Miata hit the gym, watched its macros and dropped 150 pounds. The new engine is having to deal with a lot less weight. Somehow the magicians made the 2016 Miata smaller while giving it more room. Lots of material changes, shaving off dimensions here and there while giving the driver more room.
If you want to toss the car through corners, Mazda has your back. The Club model has a tighter suspension and is also Mazda’s attempt to appeal to younger drivers.
A $3,400 Brembo/BBS package for the Club model comes complete with Brembo front brakes, 17-inch BBS dark alloy wheels, side sill extensions and a bumper skirt. All about those looks.
While the MX-5 Miata isn’t going to win you any drag races, it also doesn’t have a blinking sign painted on it screaming for state troopers to pull you over. I think the tradeoff is more than worth it.
The Miata sits low enough to give you that feeling of you’re going fast without the danger those high speeds entail. The 0-60mph? Around six seconds. Don’t think you’re joining the Fast & Furious crew without some serious aftermarket extras.
What is shocking is looking at one and then realizing the room it still has. Granted, you’re not moving your house in one, but for such a small car, you still have a trunk. A functional trunk.
Mazda Miata Generations
With the new model, it’s cool to go back over the decades of the Mazda Miata. Four generations now. Yeah, I’m feeling kinda old now Mazda. Did you have to preface the car with how long you’ve been out?
Looking back in time, the design improvements are readily apparent. The Generation 4 Miata looks positively badass when sitting next to its ancestors.
Mazda Miata Generation One
Mazda Miata Generation Two
Mazda Miata Generation Three
Mazda Miata Generation Four
25 years young, it’s nice to see Mazda bringing it with the new MX-5 Miata. It’s the roadster us regular folks can afford, and will keep you smiling. It may not turn heads, but who gives a damn? The turning heads and people asking novelty wears off pretty damn fast.
Check out Mazda for more details and the options by model variant.