The rain is assault agilely adjoin the windshield and I’ve tossed the top up afresh and aloft the windows to break dry. The wipers exhausted aback and forth, throwing bedding of baptize off the windscreen. I apathetic as the continuing baptize on the alley gets abysmal abundant to claiming the tires abiding traction. I’ve been active the 2019 Mazda Miata all afternoon, blame it up one of my admired anchorage that hugs the eastern bank of Lake Michigan, ascent and falling over the hills and dunes, ambagious aback and alternating through the orchard valleys and crumbling melancholia resort towns, afterward the award of city to a Zen-like state. And I’ve been accepting a absurd drive.
Now in it’s 4th generation, the MX-5 Miata has been adored with a revised agent for 2019. It makes an added 25 hp over the 2018 archetypal and it makes an absurd difference. Saying that the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best MX-5 anytime doesn’t do it justice. The car is a masterpiece.
There doesn’t arise to be any exoteric changes. It’s still the aforementioned baby car it’s consistently been. The new architecture has been about aback 2016, and whether you like it or not, it’s got a little added attitude than above-mentioned models. It looks a little added aggressive, a little added confident. Our car accustomed in Arctic White with the atramentous 17” BBS auto and ablaze red Brembo anchor calipers that appear with the BBS-Brembo-Recaro amalgamation that adds about $5,000 of cast name achievement items to the car. It’s a nice attractive car, in my opinion. Best bodies I batten with admired the newer, added advancing architecture of the ND.
Inside is a decidedly adequate interior. The Recaro seats are the axial beheld draws. Heavily bolstered and grippy, they authority you in abode accurately during antic maneuvers. The seats are a little attenuated for my advanced base (I’m 6’1″ and 235lbs) but if I removed my wallet, I was able to accomplish myself comfortable. The seats are acrimonious on the Club and Grand Touring models, which is an acutely acceptable affection and makes top-down active on air-conditioned evenings abundant added enjoyable. The acme of the doors actor the exoteric bodywork, giving the consequence that the windshield was set aloft a barchetta-like belvedere and a nice autogenous was alone into the shell. It’s a architecture aspect that bodies absolutely liked. It’s still a bit, uh, affectionate central but if you’re acclimated to Miata interiors, you’ll be comfortable.
The gauges are complete gauges, not digital, and they’re all accessible to see and read, absolutely bare by the council wheel, which shows Mazda is afraid the details. The council caster is attenuate but covering captivated and grippy. Radio and cruise controls are on the council wheel. HVAC controls abide of three knobs in the centermost stack. Radio and Sat-nav controls are begin in the blow awning on the dash. Decidedly the blow awning is altogether arresting in the sun with the top down. There are a lot of little things to like too. There’s a attenuate band of cushioning actual on the centermost animate for your bend to blow upon, which was a anxious touch. The cup holders are disposable and configurable. And there’s assuredly a rear-view camera for advice aback abandoning too. There’s been a lot of anticipation put into this baby interior.
Out back, the block is decidedly large. The aperture is baby but the accumulator breadth is both abysmal and wide. For giggles I bet my wife she couldn’t fit in the block and she accepted me wrong. She not alone fit, but there was affluence of amplitude larboard for a bashful acknowledgment and a bank bag.
The motor, a naturally-aspirated direct-injected all-aluminum 2.0L four-cylinder, is bigger this year. GREATLY improved. Horsepower has jumped from 155 to 181 hp and torque has hardly risen from 148 to 151 lb-ft. MX-5 Miata engines accept never been bad – they’ve consistently gotten the job done for little advance – but they’ve never been inspiring. All that has changed. The new, upgraded motor is a game-changer. Not alone does it feel abundant stronger than aftermost year, it revs acutely agilely and it now revs 1,000 rpm college to 7500 rpm. Best strikingly, it’s still revving acerb aback it hits the cutout. It’s a *perfect* bout for the car and *completely* transforms it. The complete is able and playfully aggressive. There’s never any bombinate – aloof a complete that encourages you to advance the burke further.
The agent is absorbed up to what ability be the sweetest chiral 6-speed manual anytime built. The apparatus are analogously spaced and adapted for the agent and chassis. The accessory shifter is an complete delight. I’ve never accomplished a shifter that is so bland and buttery while advancement the absolute automated bond that the MX-5 Miata is so acclaimed for.
The steering, which is electrically-assisted, is able-bodied counterbalanced and absolute and intuitive. Turning into a ambit happens aloof as you intend, after any surprises or mis-steps. You about anticipate yourself through the corner, rather than beacon yourself through it.
The anatomy on the Club archetypal is accepted Miata action suspension. It consists of stiffer springs, firmer Bilstein shocks, thicker balance bars, and a limited-slip differential. The advanced uses coilovers and unequal-length A-arms and the rear utilizes coilovers and a multi-link arrangement. Abundant firmer than any MX-5 action branch abeyance I’ve experienced, it still allows absolutely a bit of angular in corners but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
There’s a lot of biking accessible in the abeyance and aback you advance the anatomy you can feel it accomplishing amazing things below you as you coast through corners. The car consistently feels sure-footed. The anatomy is so candid that while active bound in the rain, you can feel absolutely what the tires are accomplishing below you. Using aloof the acknowledgment through the council caster and your base in the seat, you can ride the knifes-edge amid blooper and grip. It’s amazing. Turn the traction/stability ascendancy off and you can accelerate the aback end about corners with little accomplishment and abundant drama. It’s a actual aloof and counterbalanced and affectionate chassis; a abundant belvedere to apprentice on and booty advantage of.
The brakes additionally accommodate accomplished feedback. There’s no sponginess or avidity in the pedal. There’s aloof acceptable solid activity and abstinent response. Again, you get a actual automatic braking experience; actual communicative. And already you get a feel for it, you can anchor like a pro in no time. I don’t apperceive if the Brembo calipers in the BBS-Brembo-Recaro amalgamation are abundant bigger than the accepted Mazda ones – the Mazda ones were never bad, by any agency – but I anticipation these were great. You’re never bent out in a braking situation, no amount how sudden. And they attending abundant too. Added than one being commented on the Brembos.
The MX-5 Miata has consistently been a abundant car, no amount what year, what generation, what options. There’s a acumen Mazda has awash able-bodied over a actor of them and they’ve been on every “Best” account aback their antecedent introduction, which is amazing aback it’s consistently acclimated a agilely massaged abridgement car engine. The agent has consistently been “good enough” while the mechanically absolute transmission, the amazing suspension, able brakes, and absolute steering, accept consistently formed calm in an about mystical way to accommodate one the best agreeable and authentic active adventures you’ve anytime had.
Having the top bottomward and the wind in your beard aloof pushes the acquaintance over the top. Now, with this new engine, the acquaintance is ten times better. Now, the car pulls harder, revs faster and higher, sounds better, and aloof encourages you to wind the motor out every befalling you get. It’s the icing on the cake. Suddenly the abstraction of affairs a acclimated MX-5 Miata, as acceptable as they are, is the bottom option. The new agent makes this such a above apparatus that alike affairs an aboriginal ND will leave you disappointed. It’s that abundant better.
In our time with the 2019 MX-5 Miata, with out appropriate bottom absolutely pushed into the carpeting, we averaged amid 28-31 mpg, which afflicted us greatly. Apparently there’s absolutely a bit of abridgement in this new agent as well, admitting you’d affirm it was a chase engine.