Thursday, November 6, 2014


The MX-5 was conceived as a small roadster – with light weight and minimal mechanical complexity limited only by legal and safety requirements; technologically modern and reliable. 

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a real nice sports car anyone could drive, and one of the more unlikely successes of the modern automotive era. The Mazda was Designed in the 1980s as an homage to the classic British roadster, the Miata offered up all the driving fun of those sports cars, but virtually none of the ownership pains. 

A real nice black windshield surround similar to that of the 2015 25th Anniversary edition car will be standard, and it helps accentuate the sleekness of the car. It also matches the darker wheels that Mazda will be specifying for most versions. 

Not only will these wheels will not show brake dust, but the fact that they visually blend with the tire sidewalls helps achieve the look of a full wheel well even in 16- and 17-inch sizes.

Inside the new MX-5 Miata, which will share its architecture but not its styling or engines with a Fiat roadster, much of the gear is borrowed from the Mazda 3, including the rotary control knob in the center console and the infotainment screen perched atop the dashboard. The high-backed bucket seats that have always graced the Miata’s cockpit appear again here. 

Other cool features we noticed: two USB ports on the center stack, a couple of flimsy pop-up cup holders near the rear bulkhead, and a windblocker that looks similar to outgoing car's. We also spotted two sensor openings at the top of windshield behind the rearview mirror, indicating the Miata likely will offer at least adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning.

Inside, the 2015 Mazda Miata is powered by a four-cylinder engine, and reviewers say that while the Miata is less powerful than many affordable sports cars, it still offers sprightly acceleration. A five- or six-speed manual transmission is standard, depending on the trim, and test drivers are delighted with the precise shifter and light clutch action that the manual transmissions offer. An automatic transmission is available. 

According to reviewers, the Miata is an absolute joy to drive, with incredibly athletic handling and responsive steering. They say the Miata offers an overall sense of being connected to the car (and planted to the road) that few other sports cars can replicate.

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