The Mazda Miata, or MX-5 as it’s known these days, has always been a great driver’s car despite being called a woman’s car or chick car. If you’re looking for a pure, lightweight sporty car that is built for fun driving there isn’t much more you could ask for over the MX-5. It’s not all about power, and trust us when we say this as the 2.0-liter engine in this Mazda only pushes 167 horsepower. Although you get the horsepower of a small bike, this car only weighs in at 2,593-pounds. In contrast, the Scion FR-S we drive not too long ago weighs 165-lbs more but has 200-hp, a 33-hp bump.
What was this Miata like to drive then? It was pretty fantastic. You can’t expect muscle car power off the line from this small engine but it is light and fun to throw around. The biggest downside to the Miata is its size though. Out on the street I fit fine although it was a little tight. Out on the track with a helmet on we really didn’t fit, so I couldn’t have as much fun as the car would have let me. The other downside to this Special Edition MX-5 is the price. The car we were spinning around in with the 6-speed manual costs $31,225.
The upside to the MX-5 is all about the lightweight driving experience. The new MX-5’s also come equipped with a hardtop-folding roof that’s very nice. We’re going to hold out any more judgment till we get some real time behind the wheel. We also have the next generation MX5, being talked about, to look forward to so stay tuned!
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