2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review – Spirited Performance and Reasonable Pricing

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a brand new car model that begins a whole new chapter for this iconic car maker.

When complexity is added on board a typically redesigned model, extra weight is usually the consequence. However, the case is different for the 2016 MX-5 Miata as it has managed to cut off 200 pounds, when compared to its predecessor.

Even though the weight is quite reduced, the 2016 Miata is something you’d love to have a taste of, thanks to the wide array of modern equipment it comes with.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Exterior and interior design

Just like any other MX-5 model, the latest 2016 Miata works best when roads begin to get twisty. The enthusiasm with which this model zips around the corners is something many models around cannot match. The car also packs a massive 4-cylinder engine that gives it enough drive power to keep it rolling. Even though you will still enjoy the 2016 Miata at its best when using the manual transmission, Mazda did not leave behind the automatic option either. These, coupled with the numerous other comforts and amazing technologies in the vehicle, you will have a two-seater sports car that any sports pedant living in this digital age would want to have.

The MX-5 Miata is available in three trim levels namely the Sport, Club and then the Grand Touring. You will get features like 16-inch alloy wheels, LED tail and headlights, push-button ignition, manually retractable top with a rear window made of glass, adjustable driver seat, shift knob, leather-wrapped wheel, power accessories, Bluetooth, cruise control, USB support, auxiliary audio jack and a six-speaker sound system on the Sport model.

The Club model is equipped with a variety of equipments depending on the transmission of the car. The manual shifter will give you a sport-tuned suspension equipped with shock absorbers, limited-slip differential, shock-tower brace as well as an engine sound enhancer. However, the auto model does not include these features. The standard features include 17-inch wheels that also include summer performance tires, rear lip spoiler, sport front fascia, red interior stitching and piano-black covers on the mirrors and roll hoops, enhanced interior trim panels, voice controls, 9-speaker audio system and a 7-inch touchscreen.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring loses the performance upgrades brought about in the Club trim thanks to the car’s manual transmission. However, it keeps the sound enhancer and adds other features like adaptive headlights, automated high-beam control, body-like mirror covers, auto dimming mirrors, exterior heating, automatic wipers, leather upholstery, cloth-lined top, heated seats, lane departure warning, automatic climate control as well as a navigation system.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Powertrains, performance and pricing

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is installed with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that manages 155hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission on all models it a 6-speed manual; however, all trims include an optional 6-speed automatic transmission.

The EPA estimation of fuel economy for both manual and automatic transmissions is rated at 30 mpg when combined (city and highway). The best thing about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is its pricing. Despite having quite amazing performance specs, on an average, this car costs $25,735. This is a very reasonable price for such a car.