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The Car Connection Names MX-5 Miata Best Convertible to Buy for 2017

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2016 Mazda MX-5

It has now been over two years since Mazda first revealed the fourth generation of its MX-5 Miata roadster, and since that time, awards have simply poured in, up to and including World Car of the Year and Japan Car of the Year.

However, I always wondered whether, as the model got a few years under its belt, if it would stop bringing in awards.

Short answer: nope.

Long answer: The Car Connection has named the MX-5 Miata the Best Convertible to Buy for 2017.

The editors of the automotive news website agreed that the MX-5 has unparalleled fun driving dynamics, even though it doesn’t use a heavy, high-displacement motor (it is instead a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque).

“It’s a welcome diversion from the horsepower arms race, with its light weight, sharp handling and stylish body,” said Marty Padgett, editorial director for Internet Brands Automotive, The Car Connection’s parent company. “It’s the very essence of the classic two-seat sports car.”

The addition of this particular blue ribbon to the MX-5’s trophy wall comes at something of an opportune time for the brand, as Mazda will soon begin delivering the newest member of its vehicle lineup: the Mazda MX-5 RF, a hardtop version of the existing Miata. The MX-5 RF is expected to arrive in dealerships in early 2017 with a starting price tag of $31,555 MSRP.