Mazda has totally caught the auto world by surprise with its 2016 version of the roadster -- and it has some pretty amazing features that are leading some to say it's cool again.
In a world where luxury and power are craved among those looking for the ultimate four-wheeled toy, there doesn’t seem much place left for a fun little open-top sports car like the Miata — but Mazda is aiming to change all that with the 2016 MX-5 Miata, and critiics are starting to admit that the little roadster may have a fighting chance.
The Mazda Miata has been around for 25 years, and it remains the best-selling roadster in the United States, with close to a million sales globally, according to a Mazda official as reported by ABC7.com.
The Miata was a cult hit when it was unveiled back in 1989 as a fun little roadster for zipping around curvy country raods. And today, Mazda is hoping to make it relevant — and especially cool — again for Americans with the 2016 edition.
For a mere $25,000, you can own a shiny new Miata MX-5. It has a folding soft top that opens easily and doesn’t require a power mechanism. It’s also a little bit smaller and about 150 pounds lighter in order to give it a more compact, sleek design. The goal, Mazda’s Rod McLaughlin said, is to make sure that in another 25 years, this car will still be a pretty little ride.
The car will still have a four-cylinder engine and independently suspended rear wheels. It will also feature a six-speed manual transmission, although you can spring for the automatic if you don’t care for that sort of thing.
Mazda isn’t pushing the Miata to compete with the big dogs in terms of powerful sports cars, but rather a fun car to take out on a Sunday spin. And it’s hoping the changes will please its fans and maybe win over a few more.
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