2007 Mazda MX-5 Miata Power
Hardtop Grand Touring
The Miata, now known as the MX-5, keeps getting better and better all the time. This is basically the exact same car as our previous review of the MX-5, but with one significant difference: the hardtop convertible roof that we are seeing from more and more manufacturers these days (Mercedes-Benz SLK, Volvo C70, VW EOS). So due to more pressure from the competition, “the little sports car that can” had to get better. With its cult following, we think this road hugging go-kart like ride will enjoy a long life.
Unlatch the hardtop at the point of contact with just one handle, push the open button, et voila! In about 12 seconds, you go from the cozy environment of a coupe to enjoying the sun rays with your new-found convertible. Because it’s so easy to switch options, you’ll find yourself driving more exactly the way you want it when you want it, be it top up or down.
The design is clean, part classic part modern, and more round than square. The cockpit remains nearly as tight as a Formula 1 and overall storage space remains rather limited. Good for one person with stuff —unless that person happens to be Yao Ming —or two with not much stuff. There is plenty of pep, with direct steering and good braking.
One of the on-going complaints with this model is the stickiness of the short throw manual gear box. You may opt for a 6-speed automatic electronically-controlled transmission with paddle shifter. Instrumentation is well-organized with good duplication on the steering wheel. But don’t get lost, as there is no DVD navigation option available – unless Yao managed to get in with his Garmin GPS. Also, we’re still waiting for heated seats. But Zoom-Zoom aficionados will love this roadster, curvy roads preferred.