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2019 Mazda MX-5 Review

More Natural Power For The Purists:

The MX-5 has always been the go-to drivers ride for the purists among us. Having a naturally aspirated engine, rear-wheel drive, low center of gravity and an excellent 6-speed manual transmission makes it ideal for everyone looking to have a fun time on the road. The biggest change for 2019 would be a power boost. The 2.0-liter I-4 now has a 7,500-rpm redline, 700 rpm higher than before and generates 181 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque which can be paired to a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. I personally love this little power bump, it gives the MX-5 just a little more juice which I've always wanted.

Zippy Looks For a Zippy Ride:

The exterior still encompasses that fun micro sports car design, with high fenders, a sloping hood, and a smiling front fascia, while LED lights give the MX-5 a modern, high-end feel. The rear has a very sculpted look which focuses on a circular design with wide body panels giving it a somewhat muscular look. All and all, I really love this iteration of the MX-5 it's the perfect combination of cute yet aggressive.

The Convertible You Can Actually Afford:

If you need yet another reason to love the famous Mazda MX-5, it has a starting price of just $25,730 for the sport version which is the entry-level trim. It still includes everything we've come to love about the MX-5 over the years. But if you want to add a little luxury such as heated leather seats and a few more features like navigation and a Bose sound system, you can opt for the fully loaded Grand Touring trim, which has a starting price of just over 30k. You really can't find another sports car of this caliber at this price point.

Fun Interior Design Meets Quality Materials:

Slide down into your seat and you'll be greeting by body color door panels, circular air vents, a cue ball like shifter, rounded air vent controls and real metal door handles. Mazda has always been good at making a quality interior and the MX-5 is no exception. I'm always surprised by the quality and craftsmanship in the MX-5 at this price point.

2019 MX-5 - A Phenomenal Update:

The MX-5 puts joy in driving again. From the moment you're sitting snug in the seat to the moment you're shifting from 3rd to 4th it's just a blast to drive. The added power and higher redline make for an even more exciting experience. It's just a little quicker off-the-line and passing on the expressway is a bit easier than before. Just because it has a little extra power, doesn't mean it doesn't still drive like a good old fashion MX-5 though. It's just as ready to tackle the curves and hills as ever.