“The Mazda MX-5 Miata has for many years been the role model for small, lightweight, and fun to drive convertibles, and the all-new and redesigned 2016 model isn’t the exception. Oh, and did I mentioned that it’s also affordable?”
Who doesn’t enjoy a day off every now and then, I know I do. As a Mom, I feel that I constantly need a break from the crying, the whining, the never-ending pile of laundry, and most surely —the dreadful cooking. Yet, breaks are very few and far apart, and sometimes they just never happen…
Why exactly do we fail at treating ourselves to a good time or a break? Is it because of guilt, love for others, or is it plainly the lack of time itself? Well, I recently decided to throw it all out the window and leave Jerry at home with the kids while I went out for some much-needed fun, and thanks to our red-hot Mazda MX-5 —even a little glamour!
To me, it’s the overall look of the MX-5 that stands out the most, it’s downright gorgeous, and if were up to me, I’d totally love to own one if I could afford a separate “weekend car” or If I lived a different life without kids and what not. I’d simply buy it on looks alone. I’m not saying the MX-5 is for people without kids only, it’s just that 2-seater isn’t always the best choice for people with or without a family —you be the judge.
Unlike other cars that I’ve had a chance to drive, the MX-5’s beauty isn’t just skin deep, it goes much further than that. With its gorgeous metallic paint, black BBS wheels, red Brembo calipers, and seductive style queues, this little Mazda turns the most boring and dull drive into an exciting adventure that persuades you to find the twisty and long way home… trust me.
I’m 5’2, so I often run into cars that as much as I may love, they just aren’t a good fit for me and my height situation, but the seats in the MX-5 fit like a glove and are comfortable on short and long drives alike, and offer enough lateral support to keep you in place while you drive your favorite country road. At first I was a little worried since the driver and passenger seat do not offer a height lever adjustment, but it turns out the preset height was right and it didn’t feel like I was sitting too low or too high.
I anxiously awaited my day-off during the week that we had the MX-5 for testing, and I even had an entire agenda planned out, you know —all the things that Moms dream of doing when their kids aren’t with them. I so wanted to get my hair done, a mani-pedi, champagne and chocolate and maybe even a little shopping… dreamy, right? I had high hopes, I had dreams, but I eventually succumbed to disappointment!
Instead of any of those things, I ended up just driving around… But that turned out to be the best Mommy’s day off I’ve experienced in a very, very long time!
It was me, the MX-5, the open road and some very loud 90’s music pumping through the Bose Premium Sound. And of course, I put the top down so I could look super cool while doing it. It was awesome!
Having the newest incarnation of the legendary Miata all to myself was such a visceral experience, the way the steering talks to you, the way the suspension hugs the road and allows you to become one with the car. It’s such a great experience that most cars fail to deliver due to the added weight, insulation and excess technology that numbs the driving experience. Not this one, it truly lives up to its pedigree.
After spending some much needed time Mazda MX-5 I was able to put together a list of the things I love about it, and here they are:
- Trunk space. Josephine’s umbrella stroller doesn’t fit in it, which is the perfect excuse to run an errand alone, right? But there is still enough room for a week’s worth of groceries. Trust me, I did it.
- The transmission. The manual shifting is super easy and so smooth —I love to drive a manual car, but I don’t like it to be a chore. This is anything but that.
- The interior. The controls for the navigation and infotainment system are ergonomically placed where most of us would rest our right hand, therefore not having reach over to tap on the touchscreen —it’s great!
- The glamour. You could be parked next to a Porsche, and people will look at you in the MX-5 and and stare. Every girl loves a little attention, and this Mazda surely delivers!
- The looks. I know we have already talked about looks… but have you seen it!
All in all the 2016 Mazda MX-5 isn’t for everyone, but if you can find a way to make it fit into your current life, you wont regret it. Even though we get to drive all kinds of cool cars, there is something about this one that just gets you a bit addicted to it, so trust me when I tell you that you have to try it.
I’m not gonna lie and tell you I didn’t get a little bit of retail-therapy while on my “day off”, because I did —and it was glorious! But what I won’t do is tell you what I bought, because I don’t want you to tell on me!
- Starts at: $24,915
- Price as tested: $33,470