2016 Mazda MX-5
To say that there has been a horde of people eagerly awaiting this week’s Quick Spin, the 4th generation of the Miata sports car, would not be an exaggeration. And you can count us among them.
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 is certainly an important car for the brand. And while we can all agree that the classic two-seat, front-engine, rear drive formula didn’t need rethinking, up-to-date elements are called for with a new design; as ironically enough, people are now requiring lots of convenience features in their “back to basics” rides.
Of course there’s more aluminum, including body panels and suspension components, which helps shave weight from the previous gen by 150-lbs. But at 2,332-lbs, it’s still 250 heavier than the original.
It sits lower, but takes up a bit more of the lane with half an inch more width.
As always, there’s not an overabundance of power under the hood, just enough; at 155-horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque from a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G I4.
Despite a 7-inch dashboard-mounted touchscreen for navigation and a Multi-Function Commander Control, there’s still a simplistic pleasantness to the interior that makes us smile.
The seats gain some comfort and additional adjustments as well.
Of course the smiles really come when you slide it into gear and hit the road. Thankfully we can safely say that driving aspects haven’t changed that much at all. There’s still a very predictable nature that has you scooting around with confidence in no time. It’s noticeably more solid, but with some different steering feel.
Purists may groan that electric steering has arrived as part of the weight saving modernity, but the steering is still quick, just very light.
PATRICK LUCAS: “NA, NB, NC. Those Miatas were rough, those were kind of crude. They were old-school. But they were awesome. So is ND any different? Well, it’s still pretty rough, as you can tell the camera is kind of shaking. It’s still got that instant, total feel of the road that you love from a Miata. The steering is a bit different…it’s a little more numb. They switched to a new electric system, but it still provides great feedback.”
JOHN DAVIS: Just enough of what you need, nothing you don’t; and starting at just over $25,000, the Mazda MX-5 is still the least expensive way to get your real roadster kicks.
Engine: 2.0 liter
Price: Just over $25,000