2016 Mazda Miata Club Review
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The Miata shines on open, twisty roads, but it's fun on any street or highway.
This is the sports car you're looking for
The Miata is the car that has made so many people fall back in love with driving. It's fun to drive, small and affordable. The little convertible went through a major redesign for 2016, and we're very impressed with the results. Mazda took a car that everyone loves and made it better. We applaud their efforts and are currently clearing a Miata sized space in our garage.
THE RUNDOWN: Makes any drive fun Laughs per dollar quotient is stratospheric An improvement on an already great car Snappy, quick gearbox and easy clutch Beautiful exterior and simple but comfortable interior
The infotainment center in the middle of the dash may not seem that large at seven inches, but when you're in the cockpit of the little car it seems massive. The central controls for the infotainment system are located behind the shifter, and we noticed they could be bumped on occasion by a forearm or elbow.
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine's 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque feels like a lot more on the road. You sit so low in the Miata and the car is so light - having lost over 230 pounds since the third-generation - that the car simply takes off. It's not the fastest sports car out there, but the Miata will push you back in your seat when tested. 0-60 comes in 5.9 seconds, which is plenty fast but feels quicker in the Miata.
When we had a warm enough day to put the top down, we noticed the Miata protects you from the wind extremely well. Even on a brisk day, you can drive topless with the windows part-way up, turn the heat on and never be cold. With the top down you can also see a lot better. The only gripe we had was that with the top up the tiny rear window can be tough to see out of, but who really wants to drive the Miata with the top up anyway?
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Drivetrain Layout: Front-engine, rear-wheel drive
Power Output: 155 hp / 148 lb-ft of torque
Fuel Economy (mpg): 27 city / 34 highway
Base Price: $28,600
As Tested: $33,120 (incl. $820 destination)
Options on our Test Vehicle: Soul Red Paint, Brembo/BBS Package: Brembo Front Brakes (Calipers and Rotors), Appearance Package for Club: Front Air Dam, Rear Spoiler, BBS 17-Forged Dark Alloy Wheels, Advanced Keyless Entry System, Rear Bumper Skirt, Side Sill Extensions