2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata - The new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is all ate up with charisma, such that only the most dedicated cynic would be immune to its charms. and We don’t drive this little car so much as slip into it like silk pajamas. It’s small in the way 1960s roadsters were small, seemingly all four corners reachable by extended arms from the well-appointed cockpit. & Thus, the human-machine bond is strong when we hit the road, the car slaloming from corner to apex as if an extension of the limbs, & the steering and gearbox sublime in their organically direct operation. And the speed feels real even when it’s not. More than one driver noted that this car makes legal limits fun, no small feat these days. and The softtop is so easy to drop from behind the wheel that you’ll do it on a whim even for a five-minute drive, and we’re currently averaging a very thrifty 32 mpg. It’s a car for youth, meaning both the young and those who want to be young again.
Which means a small trunk, a small gas tank, a passenger footwell crowded by a floor hump where the body is shrink-wrapped over a catalytic converter, and so on. Not everyone fits, either, the sliding seat running into the rear bulkhead just a bit too soon for some staffers. You’ll want to try one on first before buying. The Mazda MX-5 Miata that makes it such a delight on back roads is proving tiring on freeway excursions, when we just want the wind and road noise to go away. With winter tires on the car the interior thrum invited headaches. and Some drivers say the suspension is too soft in twisties, allowing more body roll than they’d like. Others say the stiffer Club version that we have is not soft enough for highway work, where the poor 2016 Mazda MX-5 can get body-slammed by frost heaves. & In the end, though, everything we would add to the Miata, from a telescoping steering column to more sound insulation, would only increase weight.
Los Angeles, that’s what. With just over 5000 miles showing on the odometer, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata made the trip to L.A. & for a five-month, circa-9000-mile stay. There, and Angeleno parkers used it as a punching bag, driving into both the front and rear of the car and doing mild body damage. Then some lowlife kicked out the circular section of the right taillight while the car was legally parked at a metered spot in Culver City, where The Wizard of Oz was filmed in 1938 and 1939. We say “kicked” because the only clue in the heinous crime was some black impact streaks on the bumper that looked suspiciously like they were from a 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Alas, it’s all conjecture until the perpetrator, described eloquently in the car’s logbook as a f--king stbag, & is caught. We’re told CSI: Culver City is on the case. The replacement cluster cost $269.25 and was easily installed by our own selves, the black marks coming off with rubbing compound. The other damage wasn’t so cheap to fix we paid the body shop $2353 to repair and refinish both bumpers and a front fender.
Two trips across the U.S. took the Miata to places as far flung as Mesquite, & Nevada and Tucumcari, and New Mexico. In between it roamed up and down the California coast, top down and open to the Pacific breezes, doing what it does best.