When it comes to sports cars, there are so many to choose from it can be quite confusing.

Throw in the Mazda Miata into the mix and the case is settled. After all, you can’t argue with the numbers. Yes, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is the bestselling roadster of all times. And that for a very good reason. In its 28-year history, it has proven to be reliable, powerful and, yes, extremely attractive to look at.

It is a very good sports car. Oh, it’s also one of the most affordable sports cars on the market. Perhaps that’s why it sells like hotcakes.

The beauty of the MX-5 is its minimalist design. That means many extras like a glove compartment or radio are done away with. As a sports car, it needs to be as light as possible to go as fast as it can.

Aptly named, the Miata rewards everyone who adds it to their fleet. In case you are wondering, Miata means “reward”.

New and Improved

The 2017 version of the Mazda Miata is magical at best. How they fit the hard top roof into a small storage space is a trick many magicians can only dream about. Dubbed the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, the RF stands for “retractable fastback”. This is probably because Porsche trademarked the word “Targa”, forcing Mazda to become more creative in the name department. Taking just 13 seconds to fully transform into a cool convertible, the Mazda MX-5 makes the perfect sports car for your weekend driving gratification.

Another improvement in the Mazda MX-5 is the manual gearbox that has become smoother and quieter for a more sophisticated drive.

One Car, Two Different Personalities

To add spice to the MX-5 lineup, Mazda made the MX-5 available in two models – Club and Grand Touring.

The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring has a number of extras included to add to the comfort of the car. A few of the extras are:

  • Heated seats
  • Navigation
  • Climate control

In a normal car, these come as standard but the MX-5 is no ordinary car. It’s a sports car. That’s why the other model, the Club, comes as bare as they come.  The only extra feature it has is a cup holder. And this is what makes it appealing to sports car fanatics.

The main difference between the two is the personality each attracts. The Club is built for performance, thus attracting those who truly want to experience the MX-5’s sporting abilities to the full.

The Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring, on the other hand, is built for comfort. This model is for those who value the relaxing experience of cruising down the highway with the top down.

Depending on what you are looking for in a sports car, the MX-5 gives you more than you can ever ask for. Take your pick – Club or Grand touring? Whichever you choose, it will surely serve you well.

Under the Hood

Both versions of the Mazda MX-5 spot a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine that harnesses the power of 155 horses and 148 lb-ft of torque. This is less than in the previous model but the Miata has shed 150 pounds in 2017. This means an improvement in the power to weight ratio. For a car of its size, the output easily helps the Mazda MX-5 Miata go from 0 – 60 mph in under 6 seconds.

Comfort and Handling

For a lightweight sports car, the MX-5 is surprisingly comfortable, even over long distances. The finely tuned suspension takes most of the credit.

As for handling, the Mazda MX-5 surprisingly grips the road well and takes corners in stride, even at high speeds. With a perfectly positioned center of gravity, the possibility of losing its balance is next to none.

Going on bumpy roads? Fret not. Equipped with sophisticated Bilstein dampers, the Miata will absorb them well.

Pros

  • Superb handling
  • Affordable
  • Ample power
  • Great fuel economy

Cons

  • Noisy interior
  • Small trunk

Sporty and Reliable – Go For it

If you are looking for an affordable sports car that is good looking and superbly fast, look no further than the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata. A legend in its own right, this nifty little sports car won’t disappoint. With a proven track record of reliability, there is no reason for you to overlook the MX-5 if you are looking for a daily runner or weekend toy.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata, go for it.

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