2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Simply the best

Nancy J. Delong

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Why get the Miata in white when Mazda offers its awesome Soul Purple?

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What can I say about the Mazda MX-5 Miata that hasn’t been explained ahead of? It really is the most effective-promoting two-seat athletics car in record, with much more than one million marketed about the entire world. It really is been called the respond to to all the things and the biggest car at any time designed. We at Roadshow like it so a lot we have five in our personal-car fleet, and I personal two: a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata and Buddy, my lifted 2001 Miata. Suffice it to say, I love this car.


  • Exceptional handling
  • Content, higher-revving engine
  • Oodles of smiles for every gallon

Really don’t Like

  • Lackluster infotainment
  • Taller motorists are left out of the entertaining

But the Miata is just not excellent. If you worth the latest tech, ergonomic ease and comfort or oodles of storage you will certainly be upset. If you’re taller than six ft, you will have a tricky time dwelling with 1. But if you’ve designed it past these hurdles and are still superior to go, you’re rewarded with a driving practical experience like no other.

Weighing in at a svelte 2,339 pounds, the 2021 Miata pushes 181 horsepower and 151 pound-ft of torque out of its 2.-liter the natural way aspirated engine. Electric power runs solely to the rear wheels, and when you can opt for a 6-pace automated transmission, as considerably as I’m worried you are needed by legislation to purchase a Miata with the 6-pace handbook. It really is just much better.

With its limited gearbox and excellent clutch, I want to row via the manual’s gears as a lot as I can. But hop on the highway and plunk it into sixth gear, and you will cruise at 70 mph very low in the engine’s rev vary. My older Miata appears like an indignant bumble bee on the freeway, and the gas mileage demonstrates it. The 2021 Miata, meanwhile, is great and collected, and can return up to 34 mpg highway, which I have no difficulty observing in frequent use.

The Miata begs to be revved higher at all occasions, and peak horsepower comes at a lofty seven,000 rpm. While this fourth-gen Miata is the most powerful nonetheless, it’s still not exactly a higher-run athletics car. In its place, it’s what we simply call a momentum car, a thing you can keep on boil all the time. Never ever elevate, use the brakes sparingly and you can assault corners at speeds that’ll make Mustangs weep.

These seventeen-inch wheels are aspect of the Club trim.

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The Club trim is the most effective way to practical experience the Miata, with its minimal-slip differential, Bilstein suspension, entrance shock-tower brace, Brembo brakes and 205/45-collection Bridgestone Potenza summer season tires wrapped about seventeen-inch solid BBS wheels. All issues deemed, the MX-5 is simple to drive at the restrict. Guaranteed, its again conclude will phase out just about every now and then, but it’s all in superior entertaining and a rapid flick of the steering wheel fixes any playful skid.

On my preferred again roads I can keep the Miata in 3rd gear, winding via curves devoid of a treatment in the entire world. On a couple straightaways I can grab fourth gear for a little bit, but then brake, downshift again into 3rd, float via the convert and accelerate out with all the engine’s torque easily available right underneath my foot. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

There are no drive modes, possibly. The shocks are rigid all the time, the electric powered ability steering is fairly weighty and chatty and the throttle idea-in is regularly superior. The Miata is set up from the get-go for most driving entertaining and I am thoroughly right here for it. You are not likely to break any data on the drag strip, even though. It will take virtually six seconds to hit sixty mph, which can feel like an eternity when contemporary athletics autos can do the same dash in 50 percent the time.

Even now, the practical experience is pure pleasure. Improved nonetheless, it’s very affordable pleasure. My Club trim starts off at $31,285 including $995 for place, and if you will not require all the functionality extras, a base MX-5 Sport fees $27,825.

Area for two and not a lot else in right here.

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As I outlined ahead of, the MX-5 does have its foibles. I will not expect huge quantities of house in a tiny two-seater car, but the reality that the Miata does not even have a glove box is insane. There is a lockable storage cubby crafted into the vertical house amongst the seats, but it’s awkward to access when seated.

The trunk has a tiny 4.5 cubic ft of house, hampered by a smaller opening. Nevertheless, I’m equipped to in good shape my have-on luggage in there with a little bit of room to spare. Pro idea: It really is constantly less difficult to pack a Miata trunk with gentle-sided containers or applying no containers at all, stuffing solitary cans of Diet regime Dr. Pepper into any smaller accessible house instead than leaving them in a 12-pack box.

There are only two USB-A charging ports, but then all over again, there are only two seats. The cup holders are removable and motorists will inevitably want to use the passenger-facet holder that attaches to the heart console instead than the arm-bending position on the driver’s facet. Wi-fi charging is just not right here and only a couple driving aids are made available. Lane-departure warning, rear cross-visitors inform and blind-spot checking are the only driver-guidance units made available, and the latter is particularly delicate.

The Mazda Link infotainment process arrives on a seven-inch show and it’s undoubtedly the worst factor about the Miata. When stopped, I can management it by means of touchscreen, but as shortly as I begin going I have to use an awkwardly positioned rotary knob on the heart console. The menu structure is difficult to navigate and the graphics are a lot less than outstanding. Nevertheless, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now typical and any incoming text messages are study via the headrest speakers. Appears like a superior concept right until I crank the tunes, which are performed via the doorway speakers. Siri does not adjust the quantity routinely and blasts individuals words and phrases right into my ear drums.

What is not to like?

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As for general driving ease and comfort, taller people will have a tricky time in the MX-5. I’m 5 ft, 9 inches tall and I wouldn’t want to be a lot bigger. My tester’s heated Recaro seats are supportive, but some people may discover it hard to extract them selves. Me? I have got a patent-pending lean-out-and-cross-1-leg-in-entrance process that I have perfected more than the several years.

The handbook gentle leading is simple to use, even from a seated position, and when it certainly keeps much more highway and wind sound out of the cabin than in prior several years, you will still have to talk up to have any sort of discussion with your passenger. If you want a quieter trip, look to the MX-5 Miata RF with its ability-retracting hardtop.

The Miata is arguably 1 of the most effective autos on the highway now, even if it’s not excellent. But if it’s pure driving pleasure you want, in conditions of smiles for every dollar, it’s tricky to defeat the MX-5.

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