BOSTON — Mazda loves to admonish us that it makes the acknowledged two-seater sports car in history. The aggregation mentions this in aloof about every columnist absolution it issues on the Miata. It’s alike certified by the Guinness Book of Apple Records.
With added than a actor units awash over the accomplished thirty years, the Miata — or MX-5 in the blow of the apple — has been a reliable aces for association attractive for an accurate sports car acquaintance at an affordable price. Lotus architect Colin Chapman said his approach on chase car architecture was to “simplify, again add lightness.” Mazda’s engineers accept remained more-or-less affectionate to that abstraction over the years aback it comes to the MX-5.
Small cars don’t charge a ton of power, and they’re a joy to drive. The 2020 MX-5 sports a 181-horsepower, 151 lb-ft four-cylinder agent commutual to a six-speed chiral (or a six-speed automated with paddle shifters, but what you absolutely appetite is the manual). My analysis assemblage this anniversary — a luxury-focused MX-5 Grand Touring — came with a limited-slip differential, a sport-tuned abeyance with Bilstein shocks, front- and rear-stabilizer bars, and, of course, rear-wheel drive. It’s not all-important to accept what all that being does to adore the car, admitting it’s an absorbing account of tech.
There’s a active antic in car journalism that aback addition asks which car they should buy, the acknowledgment is consistently “Miata” behindhand of whether the client is a 70-year old retiree or a housewife with three kids. I don’t apperceive if that’s carefully true, but the MX-5 will put a smile (and a sunburn) on your face behindhand of who you are.
My fully-loaded chiral chiral Grand Touring RF analysis assemblage priced out at a a whopping $35,345, but included a advanced arrangement of lux appearance like automated windshield wipers and aerial beams, covering aggregate central the (tiny) cockpit, and a nine-speaker Bose stereo arrangement that included speakers congenital to the headrests so you can apprehend your tunes alike with the top down.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto abutment is new for 2020, admitting there’s no acceptable abode to put your phone. Or a cup of coffee. Or a backpack or absolutely annihilation abroad except for two humans. It’s absolutely bound in there. The cupholders are two $.25 of artificial that go abaft your bend on the centermost armrest, acute a addition action that wouldn’t be out of abode in a yoga flat to retrieve your beverage. There’s additionally a diminutive “glove box” abaft the cupholders that’s acceptable for captivation a tube of sunscreen, your car registration, and actual little else.
The block isn’t ample but it’ll absorb a rollaboard attache calmly enough, and the RF’s auto doesn’t affect the block at all which is a big plus.
The ride is abutting but pleasant, with a far smoother and added aesthetic ride than the analogously sized Toyota 86 that I advised a few weeks ago. This is the car for bodies who anticipate abundance is a feature, and are accommodating to barter a bit of time in the slalom or g’s on the drift pad to not accept their aback ruined.
The six-speed chiral chiral is a delight, reminding me why it’s fun to accept a stick shift. Not abounding association will use their MX-5 as a driver car, so there are about no downsides to the chiral tranny. Accessory changes are quick and easy, and the clamp is abundantly forgiving. Third accessory is decidedly wonderful, as is the rev-happy artlessly aspirated Skyactiv-G agent that array an EPA-estimated 26/34/29 city/highway/combined.
The bankrupt isn’t noisy, but it accomplish a nice burble, decidedly with the top down. And I do accept to alarm out that top. The RF — or Retractable Fastback — is the MX-5 to buy. Not alone is it abominably acceptable looking, but you get the best of both worlds: Aback the top is down, you get 93 actor afar of dejected sky. But aback you put it aback up, you’re in a sports auto that’s about quiet and refined.
The roof can accessible and abutting in aloof 13 seconds, admitting you do charge to be chock-full for it to operate. It looks abnormally acceptable in Mazda’s Polymetal Gray acrylic scheme.
I adulation convertibles. I adulation the MX-5. I adulation the RF. I adulation 93 actor afar of dejected sky. And if you go booty one for a analysis drive, I affiance you’ll adulation it too.