The Mazda Miata is Japanese carmaker Mazda’s lightweight two door convertible which has been the world’s favorite roadster for nearly 2 decades now and there are over a million MX-5’s now known as the Miata’s going around. This open top offering from Mazda is designed for the spirited, made to enchant and provide pure joy of driving – sometimes without purpose, just for fun.

Aerodynamic Design for Fun Drives

At the Scottsdale Mazda showroom we got the opportunity to take a closer look at the 2018 Mazda Miata that stands as a proof how engineering precision meets the elemental sports car requirement. With its accurately balanced car weight distributed at both ends it never gives the car a jerk when the driver hops in. To achieve this precise steadiness Mazda has created their flagship model Miata through clever engineering and has given it the confidence of quality materials that match well with the innovation it is made with. The body and curb weight of the 2018 Mazda Miata  appears to be drastically cut down and to get that stylish look Mazda has lowered its height as well.

Power and Mileage

Available in 3 trim levels, the Sport, Club and Grand Touring, all the Miata’s come with a 2.0 Liter, 16 Valve, 4-cylinder DOHC engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT). These are coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed Sport automatic transmission with steering mounted paddle shifters for up-shift and down-shift. The result is a powerful output of 155 horsepower with 148 lb-ft of torque to give you that sense of exhilaration when you step on the gas. The best complement to this sporty mobile is its awesome EPA estimated city/highway mileage of 26/33 in the manual and 26/35 with the automatic transmission.

Deft Handling

This somehow establishes a connectivity between the road, the vehicle and driver making it highly responsive for that absolute driving pleasure. The experience is systematically coordinated through Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology. Further, the technology provides deft handling which owes its due to the Miata’s extremely light weight chassis which reduces torsional effects caused when cornering. This helps the vehicle endure stress and provide a stable ride in all situations. Mazda attributes this achievement to their learning from the race tracks where the Miata’s are put to the ultimate test.

Overall Ride Quality

All the Mazda Miata models that we checked out at the Mazda Scottsdale dealership was well-known for their firm rides that seldom gets bouncy even when driving over frequently laid bumps. There is a mid-level firmer shocks and springs from the brand Club that succeed in returning the stiffest rides on the off-road patches. The handling of the 2018 Mazda Miata is definitely an eager one, that doesn’t let you lower your driving spirit even through the longer hours of journey. With a steadier body roll and subtle response to the driver inputs the acts of acceleration and braking become a breeze. If you drive a Mazda Miata, you would most likely enjoy the light, intuitive steering and the way the controls will listen to you. Nevertheless, Mazda Miata will always be a fun car to drive.