A Joy to Drive - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

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edited November 2016 in Mazda
imageA Joy to Drive - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

I had a chance to drive our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata over a long weekend. This was my first time in the Mazda and I was excited.

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  • desmoliciousdesmolicious Member Posts: 671
    "The Miata is so nimble on the road that you don't need to drive it to its limits to have fun."

    No kidding! I am not exaggerating when I say this car is fun to drive, even in LA's stop and go traffic!

    And yes, I made the same mistake, once, about forgetting the sunblock.
  • stuntman_mikestuntman_mike Member Posts: 57
    Mugu Rock in the background! Makes me miss Ventura County.
  • metalmaniametalmania Member Posts: 167
    edited February 2017
    I've always longed for a Corvette, or other "genuinely fast" sporty car. I never paid any mind to the Miata - too small, no power, too cute. Maybe it's because I'm older, maybe it's because I realize how lousy the roads are where I live, or that I won't have much of an opportunity to really unleash a modern 400+ hp road rocket very often - but I "get it" now regarding the MX-5. I haven't driven one yet, but it's making a lot of sense. A sports car you can really drive and have fun with, without going so fast your life or license is at risk - what a concept! I'll always love the roar and burbling exhaust of a V8, and of course the power, but I think for just going out and having a fun drive the MX-5 might be a better choice. I wouldn't take a long trip in one, but think of it more like a 4 wheeled motorcycle. Personally I still wouldn't get a 1st or 2nd gen, still too low powered and on the "cute" side for me. But the right NC, and certainly ND - I love the new look, yeah - I could definitely see myself getting one to play with.
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