2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Overview
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 is the spirit of fun turned to metal and fire. If sports cars are supposed to be like predators (which we have mentioned before), then the 2016 MX-5 is like an ocelot bounding gleefully through the branches, while its competition bulls its way through the underbrush. The MX-5 is skipping school with your crush, racing neck-to-neck for the finish line, and spontaneous laughter during a really good song, all rolled into one.
If you don’t believe that, just look up more reviews. The new MX-5 receives nearly universal top marks, and was winning awards even before it was released. Besides, have you looked at it? The car is literally smiling at you.
The 2016 MX-5 comes in three trims: Sport, Club, and Grand Touring. It has a laundry list of available optional accessories, as well as Appearance, Interior, and Weather packages, which add special items such as body enhancements in the Appearance package (available for Sport and Grand Touring trims only), alloy pedals in the Interior package, and all-weather floor mats in the Weather package. In the Club trim (but only with a manual transmission), you can pick up a Brembo/BBS Package that equips the MX-5 with Brembo brakes and Gunmetal gray alloy wheels.
Another Reason for the Smile: Look how the MX-5 Did in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey
What’s New for the 2016 Mazda MX-5?
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 is the beginning of a new generation of Miatas (the fourth), so has been completely redesigned. Since the last generation, the MX-5 has tightened its belt somewhat, dropping 148 pounds thanks to the extensive use of aluminum and Mazda’s SKYACTIV technology. The new MX-5 has also been shortened, lowered, widened, and given a gorgeous new look based on the KODO: Soul of Motion design language.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Photos:
2016 Mazda MX-5 Exterior
The 2015 MX-5 has been designed to be more aerodynamic than previous generations, with a nose that tapers toward the ground and a rear that tapers in from wide hips to the iconic Miata round taillights. The front fascia sports Mazda’s iconic smiley-face grille as well as a pair of LED daytime running lamps to emphasize the MX-5’s wider stance. On top (if you ever want it up), the MX-5 sports a black soft-top fabric roof. As for the body itself, the MX-5 comes in a variety of more muted colors, but really, although, we like it in Blue Reflex, the best option is to spend a little extra and get the beauty in Metallic Soul Red.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Exterior Photos
Exterior available on Sport:
- 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, Black soft top, Black power side mirrors, Body-color door handles, Solar-control/tinted windshield, Intermittent wipers with adjustable timing, Black seat back bar trim
Exterior available on Club:
- 17-inch gunmetal aluminum-alloy wheels, Front air dam, Rear lip spoiler, Piano black seat back bar trim, LED daytime running lights
Exterior available on Grand Touring:
- Auto on/off headlights, Black cloth soft top with cloth liner, Rain sensing windshield wipers, Auto-dimming mirrors, Dual power remote body-color mirrors, Heated exterior mirrors
2016 Mazda MX-5 Performance
Each 2016 MX-5 is powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a standard six-speed manual transmission. An optional six-speed automatic with steering-wheel shift paddles is available, but the manual gearbox is widely touted as one of the best and most satisfying on the market. The engine only produces 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, but thanks to the Miata’s trim weight, this is more than enough power to shoot the MX-5 around and giving it an Edmunds-tested 0-to-60 time of 6.3 seconds.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Efficiency
For a sporty car, the MX-5 has some strong fuel economy at 27 mpg in the city on either transmission, 34 mpg on the highway for the manual, and 36 mpg on the highway for the automatic. This is largely thanks to the reduced weight, the four-cylinder engine, and the SKYACTIV engineering rubbed all over it. Mazda recommends that you use premium unleaded fuel in the MX-5, but regular unleaded will work just fine.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Interior
The inside of the MX-5 is a little snug. Given its smaller size, drivers taller than 6 feet tall may feel a little cramped, and trunk space won’t be fitting luggage for the family, as it measures up at only 4.59 cubic feet of space. However, once you are in the driver’s seat, everything gets better. The steering wheel contains a number of controls, including Bluetooth wireless calling, controls for the audio system, and, of course, cruise control. Higher trims get the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system (including a 7-inch touch screen) and a BOSE® audio system which includes speakers in the headrests of each seat to improve sound even with the top down.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Interior Photos:
Interior available on Sport:
- Air conditioning, Black cloth-trimmed seats, Mesh aero wind blocker, Three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and speed controls, Leather-wrapped parking brake, Bucket seats with reclining and forward/backward slide feature, Black plastic upper door trim, Black vinyl door panels with silver handles
- AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, Six speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Auxiliary audio input jack, 12-volt power outlet, USB audio input, Speed-sensitive volume control, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, Remote Keyless Entry with panic mode (manual only), Push-button ignition
Interior available on Club:
- Remote keyless entry, Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Black cloth seats with red stitching, Body-color upper door trim, Black or Sport Tan vinyl leather door panels with bright handles
- 7-inch full color touch screen, BOSE® nine-speaker infotainment system with Audiopilot™, MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system with voice commands, Multi-function Commander control, Radio Boradcast Data System program information, HD radio, Internet radio integration, SMS text message audio delivery and relay, E911 automatic emergency notification, SIRIUS® satellite radio with four-month subscription, Two USB audio inputs
Interior available on Grand Touring:
- Automatic climate control, Heated seats, Black or Sport Tan Leather-trimmed seats
- HomeLink®, Mazda Navigation
2016 Mazda MX-5 Safety
The MX-5 sports standard 11-inch disc brakes (ventilated in the front), side and front airbags, stability control, and traction control. These systems are added to in the Grand Touring trim with a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning, and in the Club trim you can pick up the Brembo/BBS package, adding brembo front brakes (with red calipers), BBS forged 17-inch alloy wheels, and Advanced Keyless Entry. With the Brembo package, Edmunds reports a respectable 60-to-0 stopping distance of 111 feet.
Standard Safety Features
- Side-impact airbags
- Advanced front airbags
- Side impact door beams
- Anti-lock brake system
- Stability and traction control