One glance at the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is enough to prove its standalone personality—completely distinct from what we’ve come to expect from its predecessors. Putting their “KODO-soul of motion” aesthetic philosophy into action, the incredible looking MX-5 Miata is getting rave reviews from the mechanically and artistically-minded worldwide.
The MX-5 underwent a vast series of improvements in order to outshine its previous versions, finally becoming distinct from the earlier generation of Miata that debuted in the 1990’s. While smaller than previous models, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is, at the same time, much more spacious inside—a welcome response to complaints of the previous versions’ uncomfortably low amount of leg room. Other improvements include changes in the car’s dimensions that greatly enhance visibility, as well as improve comfort. Mazda also promises new high-tension material, “to mold around your body more readily, hugging you in place when you’re cornering rather than your shoulders slipping from bolster to bolster.”
UNDER THE HOOD
Every 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes standard with a 2.0 liter SKYACTIV engine—an engine significantly bigger and faster than the previous models’ 1.5 Japanese-spec MX5. The SKYACTIV engine is recorded as being capable of 155 horsepower, and 148 lb/ft of torque. This engine is able to be paired with both automatic as well as manual transmissions—each with six speeds. The manual is promised to be amazing, and the automatic version comes with a manual shifting mode and paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. What’s more, this engine will actually provide increased gas-mileage over previous models, with 27/34 mpg for manual transmission, and 27/36 for the automatic.
OK! HOW MUCH?
Those lusting over what critics are calling “incredible,” and “a whole different beast” from its predecessors will have to have some money saved up before taking one of these out for a spin. Pricing for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata starts at $24,915. Additional charges, such as the $820 addition of the Sport trim, can combine to launch this price all the way up to the $30,065 Grand Touring version. A Club trim version is also available for $28,600, and gives buyers the additional option of adding the Club Brembo/BBS package, which includes an improved front-braking system, wheels, and side skirts.