Is The MX-5 Still A Proper Sports Car?
I had the keys to this Mazda MX-5 for a week. Here are my thoughts.
Mazda has been building the MX-5 for 30 years now and in that time we have seen 4 generations of the sports car. Focusing on the fundamentals of what makes a sports car, Mazda has been making sure that the MX-5 is properly built to be considered a sports car by its style, performance, and overall joy it brings to its owners. So, after all of these years, is it a proper sports car? Let's find out, shall we?
The MX-5 is styled with curves and lines that flow like a stream. It also is an edgy looking car too, especially observing it at different angles. From one angle, the MX-5 looks like a happy-go-lucky child who just received an ice cream cone. From a different angle, the MX-5 looks like a grimacing doll waiting to pounce on the next kid to walk by. As for the rear, the Miata was tended to to make sure anyone within eyesight is struck in awe not wanting to look away. The MX-5, like it has always been, is small in size both length and height. So, the exterior styling checks in for being stylish.
The interior of the MX-5 is just as big and roomy as one would imagine it to be from looking at the outside. Sure, there is plenty of legroom, but forget about it if the occupants are over 6 feet tall. For me, space was manageable for my 6' 2'' self, but I had to maneuver around to get comfortably situated before driving off. As for the design, the trim and leather blend well together. The cup holders, to make space, can be swapped around and put into the center console to make maximum room for moving around or for not knocking drinks out of place.
Price and Options
So, how much does this MX-5 Miata cost? After adding up all of the options and destination charges, the total price comes to $36,980. What does this comes with? Well, for safety the MX-5 comes with ABS, electronic brake assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning system, smart city brake support, stability and traction control, a plethora of airbags, side impact door beams, and traffic sign recognition. For comfort and convenience the MX-5 comes with a Bose sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, sat-nav, heated seats, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and cruise control. No much for something so pricey.
The MX-5 pushes 181 horsepower and 151 foot pound of torque out of the naturally aspirated 2.0L four cylinder. The limited-slip differential makes sure the tires are properly getting traction, but after turning off the TCS, the MX-5 likes to get sideways if desired. The handling is properly tuned with the double wishbone suspension in the front and multi-link suspension in the rear. Going into corners, the MX-5 hugs the road like a grandmother seeing her grandchildren on the holidays. Funny enough, the ride comfort is quite astounding. The MX-5 doesn't hurt going over bumps or any problems in the road. The engine is a chatty one all the way up to its red line at 7500rpms. The steering is direct and responsive like a crossing guard that is trained as an EMT. The gear change will always be the most appreciated feature on the performance of the MX-5. It is quick and easy to go through the gears, be it up-shifting or down-shifting. The performance of the MX-5 makes this a proper sports car. A well balanced machine.
The MX-5 Miata never stopped putting a smile on my face when I got in it. Sure, it was loud due to not having much sound dampening, but it all adds to the flair of the ride. Sort of like adding butter to corn on the cob. Going into corners with everything working accordingly as a sports car should, the adrenaline rush was never-ending. As for the music, the small space and the acoustics of the MX-5 made anything played feel like being at a concert. Even with the top down, the speakers in the headrests made great sound. Driving the MX-5 gave a me sense of power in the sense that I felt like I could overcome anything in my way. And that's what makes a proper sports car when it comes to pleasure.
So, is the Mazda MX-5 Miata still a proper sports car? Indeed it is. It checks out in every category of being a proper sports car. It brings a smile to everyone's face, performs great, and is stylish by design. No one can ask for anything better. Mazda has kept up the tradition of making sure the MX-5 Miata is still a proper sports car in all aspects. Kudos to Mazda for keeping the sports car millions of people love alive with its full potential still shining bright.
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