If you want a cocky, agile and cheap convertible, the 2016 MX-5 Miata seems as the best alternative for you. This new generation Mazda has a baggage of good memories. Now the premise is that this model brings the best of its ancestors. According to this, the result should be a fun-to-drive, little sports car.
This exciting model will come in three different trims: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. All of these will pack the exact same engine. The great variations come in terms of additional decoration and comfort. So, from its base price, any driver could have a great time.
Let’s take a close look to the 2016 MX-5 Miata.
Powertrain and Specs
This isn’t an expensive sports car, so, do not expect colossal engines onboard. Instead, the 2016 MX-5 Miata features an SKYACTIVE-G DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-capable 2.0 L inline-4 powerplant. This compact piece of engineering is capable of producing 155 hp at 6000 RPM and 148 lb-ft of maximum torque at 4600 RPM.
In terms of transmission, this exciting vehicle packs a 6-speed manual gearbox. There is also a 6-speed automatic for those with boring lives. The 2016 MX-5 Miata is really lightweight, with only 2324 lb (1054 kg). This and the powertrain layout gives this entry-level sports car an acceleration of 5.8 seconds going from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h). The top speed is drag-limited, going no further than 129 mph (208 km/h).
The stopping power is provided by 4-wheel ABS with front ventilated discs. These achieve a 70-mph-to-zero in 158 ft (48 meters). The Brembo/BBS package brings improvements in several aspects. The Brembo red-painted calipers in the front paired with lightweight 17-inch BBS wheels. The standard for wheels will be 16-inch silver aluminum alloys, wrapped with P195/50 R16 High-Performance Summer tires.
We find double wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link one in the rear. The common impression is Wonderful handling. Electrically-assist speed-sensing steering is highly capable at high speeds. The ESC and Driveline Traction Control is pretty responsive and useful. According to the specialized media, the shifter on the manual setup is responsive and fun to use. Briefly, it is superb.
The 2016 MX-5 Miata wants to be the center of the attraction. The center of the universe, as well. Well, it could capture some looks everywhere it goes. The curvy and aerodynamic design is really good-looking. Mazda also wanted to build an evil machinery, so they are only using dark and pale colors in order to get a shady, obscure look.
Besides that, this compact sports car is really sexy. The LED taillights are a nice touch for an entry-level vehicle. Notice that this outstanding rear-wheel drive Mazda comes only as a Roadster model. No hard, fixed top to choose. So, one more point for attracting magically everyone’s attention.
The thin, sleek headlights in the front fascia are quite unique in the industry right now. Besides the 2016 MX-5 Miata’s undisputed sexy form, the headlights are a movement in the right direction.
Inside the cockpit, there is only enough space for two passengers. As a truly sports car should be. Front bucket seats with reclining are available, 6-way for the driver’ and 4-way for the passenger’s seat. Leather upholstery is exclusive for the Grand Touring trim.
Regarding tech toys, the 2016 MX-5 Miata features 6-speaker audio system with plenty of options, the ESC and Driveline Traction Control already mentioned, side impact beams, and many other useful elements.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 MX-5 Miata may be not the expected successor. It is better than expected. This compact sports car is faster enough for delivering an amazing experience. The handling is out-of-this-world while the vehicle hasn’t any lack of comfort.
The base price for the basic trim starts at US$25.735.