First off all, no car with a back seat should ever have a retractable hard top, because they just make the proportions look horrible. In fact, designers should not try to improve on the Miata top -- just copy it. The Miata is just such a momentum racer. This mid-life facelift should be a useful sales pick-me-up. Perhaps the next-gen Miata will adopt the turbocharging and direct injection technology from the MazdaSpeed 3 and 6. It's not in the same ballpark as the Honda S2000, but the 166hp peak comes at 6,700rpm and the mere 140lb-ft of torque peaks at 5,000rpm.
With crisp highs and a thumping bass, the Bose system can easily defeat the most deafening wind noise. As it happened, I had not actually had the opportunity to drive a Miata since that first test drive nearly 18 years earlier. They are closed on the weekend. The top, for example, can be operated from inside the car with just one arm and, when retracted, collapses into a small well behind the seats, as does the new available power-operated hardtop. However, that being said, Mazda improved on perfection.
They are all excellent machines. If you live in warmer climes where you're likely to keep the top down most of the time, probably not. But hey, beauty knows no pain or inconvenience. I wanted to purchase the truck on a Friday but my husband wanted to see it and test drive involve it. Pour it along a winding road and you can sew the corners together with grin-inducing precision. Mazda built this car with driver comfort and performance in mind. Like most of the auto news industry, we also sometimes accept travel, lodging and event access for vehicle drive and news coverage opportunities.
The convertible top is even easier to use than the original, capable of being operated from the driver's seat with just one arm, while the new retractable hardtop permits year-round driving without adding significant weight or cost. A pair of cupholders sit directly behind the shifter, perfect for elbowing your coffee when shifting in heavy traffic. Or in my case, at six-foot-five, from nearly undriveable to top-down cruiser. If you live somewhere with winter weather and you plan to drive year-round, you might want to make the additional investment. A six-speed automatic with manual shift mode is optional on the Touring, Sport and Grand Touring trims.
Even if the car does get out of shape from a bit of overzealous driving, the effort to rein it back in is quick and minimal. The driver's-side foot well has been widened by running the exhaust down the right side of the transmission tunnel. This compact, rear-drive two-seat roadster bore a strong resemblance to a '60s vintage Lotus Elan. Little effort is required to move between gears and the direct linkage is amazingly precise. In hard top form with proper , this really is quite a capable all-weather car.
Road noise still gets in, and on long highway jaunts can get tiresome. Here's how to disable adblocking on our site. They also add a lot of weight and complexity to the car. Normally, I consider these to be a nightmare. The entry model still has the same top mechanism that appeared on the 1989 original and there's absolutely no reason to ever change it. The front suspension tweaks mean the nose is now even keener to peel into corners and the chatty steering and sparkling chassis work hand in glove to keep you constantly informed about under-tyre conditions. In closed configuration, the Miata looks almost exactly like a standard model with the optional removable hard top that has been available since almost the beginning.
Soft-tops have always been criticized for being noisy, leaky and at times complicated to stow. As a sports car, it seemed the Miata achieved the ever-elusive badge of perfection. It suggested exactly what it said. This was followed by the consolidation of the most of the British car industry into British Leyland and then the onset of safety and emissions regulations. At the detail shop they didn't let us try it and said several people came to look at it. Interior One of the places Mazda engineers really focused on improving was the interior.
A drop down menu will appear. Bose has created an optional sound system that adjusts equalization settings depending upon whether the top is up or down. So forget about its lack of visual aggression and revel in its outright willingness and enthusiasm. Having made my opinion on retractable hard tops clear, I must say that the one in the Miata is actually pretty good. It was exactly what I wanted.
For drivers who don't necessarily favor the flashy looks of the similarly-priced Solstice or Sky, the Miata is a great alternative. I know this as truth after riding shotgun with a pro female Spec Miata driver who was breathing down the filler necks of a Viper, F430 and M3; until we hit a straightaway, of course. If the gap between your home and workplace includes pavement that seems to have been laid out without any thought of getting there in the least possible distance then you're in for some fun. In these conditions you don't need a lot of power, just the ability to carry momentum from one corner to the next. And thanks for reading Autoblog. Miatas harness the most fun you can have at the speed limit.