BY H. THROTTLE
I’ve not had the privilege of test-driving many Mazda cars but did have high regard for one of the larger SUV models driven. The latest drive was in a 2019 Mazda MX5 Miata Grand Tour RF convertible.
This little gem arrived during the snow and cold weather week that prevented using the power retractable top. The Miata did come with all-weather tires and was able to handle the snow-blanketed streets with cautious driving with the rear wheel drive.
This is a mighty mini sports car designed and manufactured in Hiroshima, Japan. The MX5 has a very sleek design with a spectacular sloping race car hood leading into a compact cabin with two sport’s seats. The power plant is 182 horsepower with a leather covered six-speed stick shift. The appearance of this MX5 is outstanding and garners glances galore from passing motorists.
There is one awesome challenge with this sports car, it is designed for a smaller male or female frame. This is a mini-sedan with only the two front seats, a tiny door pocket and no cabin storage. The trunk is small and no place to put golf clubs in this baby roadster.
The 182-horse powered four-cylinder engine delivers great acceleration and the manual transmission is smooth with power to spare in the mid-gear range. This is a car that young drivers would appreciate with the top down cruising the highways in style.
The MX5 is not safety rated has many of the latest safety features of lane departure and city brake support. All around LED lighting adds to the sports car design. The suggested retail price is $33,335, a reasonable figure for a modern high-performance sports car.
Being a convertible, the frame is reinforced with a solid suspension system with double wishbone suspension and rear multi-link suspension that adds to the firm sports car road performance.
Perhaps this model is better suited for a warmer outdoor climate somewhere near a seashore and beach.
The young and the young-at-heart will love this car.
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