Your inner judgment free child is squealing. That’s because the 2017 MX-5 Miata soft-top is arriving in dealerships this month. This follows the rollout of the MX-5 RF hard-top last year.
Mentioning the Miata in any public place will always spark varying opinions. The roadster has a huge fan base, but it’s not the car for everyone.
As for us, we like it for its awesome handling and fun driveability. We’re perfectly willing to let the snide and stereotype remarks slide off. Or better yet, just leave the naysayers and critics to watch us shrink into the horizon from their heavy hunky cars.
Here are some things to know if you’re skeptical about whether or not the Miata is for you. It’s a fun car for purest. What that means is that if bells and whistles are your thing, you might be better with a Mazda 3. If an iconic design and legendary handling are your things. Read on.
The handling-focused Miata isn’t brimming with extra toys and and features because they pack on added weight. The base model has one USB port, along with Bluetooth, audio streaming, and a six-speaker audio system.
All the trims offer a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. They carry the 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine. It gets 155-horsepower and a sweet 6,000 rpm rating. Rear-wheel drive, the soft-top, and the small size make that more than enough to make it a beyond a blast to drive.
You choose from three trims: Sport, Grand Touring, and Club.
Sport is the basic model for the true purist. It features include black cloth seats, leather-wrapped shifter, 16-inch wheels, and LED front and rear lights. It stickers at $25,790.
The Club trim is for drivers who want more flare for a little more dough. It starts at $27,405 and upgrades the audio to nine-speaker BOSE with headrest-mounted speakers. It comes with Mazda’s Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen.
The Grand Touring trim starts at $30,940. It adds comfort for those planning to use it as a more everyday car. We’re talking leather and heated seats, auto climate control, auto headlights, auto dimming mirror, navigation, and advanced keyless entry.
The Mazda MX-5 arrives in showrooms this month.