2016 & 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Love and Hate Rolled into One

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata MSRP: $24,915 | 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata MSRP: $23,970

Engine – 2016 model: 2.0L; 155 hp | Engine – 2015 model: 2.0L; 158 hp/a | 167 hp/m;
MPG – 2016 model: 27 mpg city; 36 mpg hwy | MPG – 2015 model: 22 mpg city; 28 mpg hwy

2016 Model Special Features: Keyless Entry System, Bluetooth, 2 USB ports, Driver’s Side Headrest Speakers, LED Headlights, etc.


By Dennis Bindarau

Let’s start this review differently. Before talking about the specs, interior and driving experience, I should confess and reveal the truth to you: the Mazda Miata is one of my favorite cars. Plus, this is the car I drive on a daily basis. However, do not think for one second that this will make this review “subjective.” On the contrary, being an owner of the same model, I’m able to tell you more – not only about the pros, but about the cons as well.
Once a “secret gem” for car enthusiasts, now, thanks to Mazda’s outstanding marketing campaign, Miata’s became recognizable to everyone. Its aggressive styling and sporty roadster looks could go unnoticed earlier, but not anymore. If you are a Miata owner, you will see lots of people checking your car out.

Let’s start with the exterior, since this is one of the strongest aspects of the new Miata. In the front you will see tailor-made lines with the LED accents, and a black sporty air dam under the front bumper. Look at the back (if you do not have a Miata in front of you, see our picture above). Am I the only one who sees a “similar pattern” with the Jaguar F-Type? Once again, take a look at the picture. Trust me, it’s even better live.
The interior of this car is no less attractive than the exterior. All of the materials in the 2016 model even have a “softer” touch to it. The driver’s dash is now more focused on information and has much more of it for the driver than in the previous generation. However, some car enthusiasts might blame the new model for being “over-computerized,” and I would agree. For instance, on the dashboard I’d love to see the speed rather than a “tip” as to when to switch the gear. However, it’s all a matter of taste, I believe.
The good thing is you can now read the dashboard rather easily both day and night. Plus, Mazda got rid of all of the “extra” buttons, now offering just the climate control and a relatively small display. However, all of the audio buttons have been relocated right under the driver’s elbow. At times, it can be really disturbing, especially when the radio suddenly changes stations for no apparent reason.
Another sacrifice the new Miata made is the absence of a glove box and a car outlet. Yes, there is a USB available, so that you can charge your phone, however, all of the other devices, like a dash cam or a radar detector will now have to be left at home.
To sum up the exterior styling, prepare to say “goodbye” to the hard top, only soft tops are available in the new generation of the Miata. But, I should admit, the materials became denser, and there is much less noise inside.

Engine, Transmission,
Suspension and More
It’s still the same two liters, although the horsepower has been reduced to 155 in comparison to 167 (manual transmission) in the previous generation models. The essential fact…
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