Mazda MX-5: Find Out Why It’s The Bestselling Roadster Of All Time

Mazda MX-5

Well, Mazda isn’t a name you would attach normally, to high-end performance cars such like Porsche or Ferrari. However, the Mazda MX-5 doesn’t betray the brand’s image. This car is also at a price range with which most car buyers will feel comfortable with.

What’s in a Name

Well, depending on which part of the globe you are in you may find the MX-5 using other monikers. In the US they know it as the Mazda MX-5 Miata, while in Japan they knew it as the Eunos Roadster for some time. Miata is Old German for reward, while Eunos is derived from two languages that is Greek “”eu”, which means good, and “nos” which is the English abbreviation of numbers. Generally, Eunos talks of good numbers or things etc. Upon the release of the third generation, the MX-5 name was consolidated worldwide with the exception of the US where it continues to be known as the Mazda Miata.

The History

Production of the Mazda MX-5 began back in 1989, where it draw striking comparisons to the Lotus Elan. Steadily, the MX-5 grew through its generations, and was officially certified as the bestselling roadster of all time in 2000. By July, 2014, the Mazda had made and sold 950,000 MX-5s, out of its Hiroshima plant.

The Current Version

The Mazda MX-5 is currently on its fourth generation (ND), which was released last year 2014, as the car for this model year 2016. It was released officially in the US and Spain in September, 2014. A day later it was released in Japan. It became available from the dealers last year and has received rave reviews from CarandDriver.com, and RoadandTrack.com. This car weighs less precisely 100kgs less than its predecessor also in length its 4.1” shorter. The car also utilizes Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology.

The Powertrain

For those who are in North America (US & Canada) they will be pleased to hear they’ll receive the 2L 155 bhp engine. As for everyone else around the world you’ll be able to use the base 1.5L 129 bhp engine. The MX-5 is rear driven and will use either a 6-Speed auto or manual transmission depending on your preference.

Mazda MX-5

The Interior

Interior-wise the latest MX-5 seems to have borrowed design cues from the Mazda3. The car has a little more legroom for those of us that aren’t that tall, while for those who are they can seat in comfortably. The interior doesn’t look at all that shabby, its well stitched up and laid out. For your center console you’ve got a touchscreen and the Commander control knob that allows you to access the car’s great infotainment system. The feature which has really grabbed my attention in the cabin is the two Bose® speakers stitched to your headrest ensuring when the roof is down you still get quality sound.

The Exterior

The car looks curvier than its predecessor as it has trimmed a few rough edges here and there. However, the car’s looks have never featured greatly into the carmaker’s design plans. A great observation is that this car looks better from afar than up close.

Our Verdict

If you want a car that’s cheap and can give you a thrilling ride, then this car should be at the top of your list. It has great steering and the engine roars as it goes through the revs. Great car for its price, better yet for its performance.
The car is starts at $24,915.
What do you think of the Mazda MX-5, does it need a new work around to make it more aesthetically appealing or is it okay the way it is? Have your say, leave a comment.
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