The Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible is an amazingly fun car that's a blast to whip through the mountains on a warm sunny day. So pack up a picnic and head to the beach to catch a breathtaking spring sunset from the comfort of heated, leather-trimmed sport seats.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Review
Having a large family means I don't typically get to drive around a fun, sporty car. Don't get wrong, I love my large family, but sometimes it's nice to get wild, let your hair down, and crank up the music while enjoying a summer drive with the top down.
And when your kids catch sight of the new ride in the driveway and they all begin screaming and demanding the first ride in the new ‘fun' car, you know you have something special.
The first trip I took in the Mazda MX-5 was a trip up the bridal path to a local park, horse arena, and hiking path. Okay, maybe I took three trips up the bridal path to fulfill my kids excitement giving them each an individual ride in the convertible, but it was worth it to see the smiles on their faces.
My first reaction to the car was how easy it is to drive. You see, I'll let you in on a little secret. I've become a lazy driver. Yes, I've known how to drive a manual transmission since I was 15 years old, but it has been years, yes YEARS since I have driven one.
It's true, once you learn how to drive a stick you never really forget, but since it has been years all of my teenage fears of killing the engine on a hill (we do live in the mountains) or missing a gear came back full force.
My current vehicle is an automatic and I'll admit, I have been secretly enjoying the laziness driving an automatic brings, but, and I can't say but enough, there's something exhilarating about driving a manual transmission. There's something about having full control over your car and your driving experience that makes my heart pump, and this clutch couldn't be easier to drive.
Even if it has been years since you have driven a clutch, Mazda makes jumping back into the seat easy with their 6-speed Sportautomatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Logic and short-throw shifter, available on the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring model we drove.
Once our kids satisfied after their fun ride it was time for my husband and me to hit the beach to catch a romantic sunset relaxing in the comfortable sport seats.
To get to any one of our favorite local beaches we have to head out through Decker Canyon, a nine mile stretch of technical corners, decreasing radius sweeps, elevation changes, and half mile straights. In other words, it's one spectacular drive you will never forget. It's also such a beautiful drive it will leave you feeling like you live just north of Heaven.
Maneuvering this road was no problem for the MX-5 Miata. From the MX-5's effortless hold on the road to its quick answer to a mid-corner dab on the accelerator, the handling on the Mazada MX-5 Miata is vibrant, responsive, and engaging. It was undoubtedly a blast to drive through the canyon. I think my husband was a bit jealous of the fun I was having.
But let's not forgot about the whole reason for our trip, to catch that romantic sunset at the beach.
Yes, we did make it to the beach and enjoyed watching the jaw-dropping sunset from the comfort of our car. Why from the car? Well it's still spring here in Southern California and, being from Southern California, even 60 degrees feels cold. Yes, we're wimps.
But don't worry if it gets a bit cold when you travel in the Mazda MX-5 Miata convertible, the MX-5 comes with heated seats to keep you nice and warm, from the bottom up.
The best thing about the sunset? It was time to take another exhilarating drive in the Mazda MX-5 Miata through Decker Canyon.
And it you're wondering if the MX-5 Miata convertible is just as cute with the top up, let me assure you it is.
Additional features of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Covertible include:
- Skyactiv-G 2.0 L DOHC 4-cylinder Engine
- Skyactiv-MT 6 Speed Manual Transmission
- 155 Horsepower, 148lb/ft Torquw
- Rear-Wheel Drive
- Front Ventilated Disc Brakes
- Rear Solid Disc Brakes
- Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars
- Double-Pinion Electronic Power Assist Steering (DP-EPAS)
- Front Double Wishbone Suspension
- Rear Multi-Link Suspension
- Aluminum Power Plant Frame
- 17-inch Alloy Wheels
- P205/45R15 High Performance Tires
- Manual Z-Shape Folding Black Cloth Convertible Top with Liner
- Auto On/Off LED Headlights
- LED Combination Taillights
- LED Daytime Running Lights
- Power Side Mirrors
- Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
- Glass Rear Window with Defogger
- Dual Exhaust with Bright Outlets
- Aluminum Hood and Trunk Lid
- Auto-Dimming Driver Side Mirror
- Heated Side Mirrors
- 2-Passenger Seating
- Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel with Audio/Cruise/Bluetooth Controls
- Leather Shift Knob and Hand Brake
- Power Automatic Door Locks
- Power Windows with One-Touch Down
- Rear Center Console and Storage
- Mesh Aero Board
- Piano Black Seat Back Bar Trim
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Push Button Ignition
- Blue Tooth Hands Free Phone and Audio
- Dual Vanity Mirrors
- BOSE AM/FM/CD 9-Speaker Audio
- HD Radio, Aux Jack, 2 USB Inputs
- SIRIUSXM Satellite Radio
- Mazda Navigation System
- 7″ Color Touch Screen Display
- Multi-Function Commander Control
- Cruise Control
- Trip Computer
- Automatic Air Conditioning
- Leather-Trimmed Sport Seats
- Heated Front Seats
- Auto-Dim Homelink Rearview Mirror
- Carpeted Floor Mats
Safety and Security Features
- 60 Month/60K Miles Powertrain and 36 Month/36K Miles Bumper to Bumper Warranty
- 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
- Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS with EBD and Brake Assist)
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Blind Spot Monitoring System
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Anti-Theft Alarm
- Dynamic Stabilization Control (DSC)
- Traction Control System (TCS)
- Advance Dual Front Air Bags
- Front Side-Impact Air Bags
- Anti-Theft Engine Immobilizer
- Side-Impact Door Beams
- Adaptive Front-Lighting System
- High Beam Control
- Lane Departure Warning System
Our family was provided the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata through DriveShop for one week. No compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.