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Easy Driver, Great Teacher - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited February 2016 in Mazda
imageEasy Driver, Great Teacher - 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Long-Term Road Test

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the easiest manual transmission car to operate, which makes it not only fun to drive, but the best car for learning how to drive.

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  • s197gts197gt Posts: 486
    " I'd argue it's also the easiest manual transmission car to drive, which makes it the best car to learn in."

    I'd also argue it ruins every other manual-equipped driving experience for the rest of her life.

    i learned in a mazda b2000 truck, then drove a manual mazda protege, and it's been downhill ever since except for the rare honda manual driving experience over the years. our z3 isn't terrible. my mustang is ok, but i have to concentrate for a smooth start and that is annoying.
  • daryleasondaryleason TexasPosts: 501
    What's bad is when you go from driving a manual transmission truck to someone's manual transmission economy car. You get so used to a heavy clutch, that a light clutch makes it sound like you're trying to blow the engine.
  • subytrojansubytrojan Monterey Park, CaliforniaPosts: 120
    Great story, Jonathan! Thanks for sharing!
  • Great story, Jonathan. It reminds me of my first time learning a manual transmission-- which was also in a Mazda with my girlfriend (now wife), except she was teaching me!
  • s197gt said:

    " I'd argue it's also the easiest manual transmission car to drive, which makes it the best car to learn in."

    I'd also argue it ruins every other manual-equipped driving experience for the rest of her life.

    i learned in a mazda b2000 truck, then drove a manual mazda protege, and it's been downhill ever since except for the rare honda manual driving experience over the years. our z3 isn't terrible. my mustang is ok, but i have to concentrate for a smooth start and that is annoying.

    I don't disagree with this. I have a Z3 M coupe that I love dearly, but after stirring our ND's gearbox for a few days, it's a hard transition back to the BMW.

    I do stand by the approach of learning the ropes in the easiest setting, just as grasping the concepts of skiing on a bunny slope will be easier than on a black diamond.
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