The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A Modern Day Sports Car
Many people have had the dream of owning a sports car at one time or another. Even though it seems like an impossible thing to imagine, that doesn’t stop people from picturing themselves behind the wheel of a sculpted vehicle meant for higher speeds and greater maneuverability than the average family sedan can offer. The designers of Mazda have, for years, realized this dream isn’t as far-fetched as some may think. In fact, the entire concept behind their sports car, the Mazda Miata, bucks the conventional wisdom that sports cars are reserved for only those with deep enough pockets. You may not get the extra luxurious touches of premium Italian and German sports cars or their barely legal performance specifications, but when it comes to Mazda cars for sale, the 2018 MX-5 Miata does a good job of giving you a taste of that experience in a more budget-friendly manner.
For anyone looking for a way to spice up their daily commute in a vehicle that is both a performer and quite the looker, the Mazda Miata just might be your best bet. Here are a few enticing details to get you familiar with this modern-day sports car.
Performance Under The Hood
A sports car just wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t have the capabilities to put the pedal to the metal when desired. Despite the budget-friendly price tag, Mazda has done a good job of delivering more speed, horsepower, and torque in the small chassis than you would initially expect. More importantly, this is one of the best sports cars in its class at the price point if your main goal is having a speed demon in your garage.
The fourth-generation MX-5 relies on two different direct injection, naturally aspirated engines. In North America, the standard engine is a 2.0 L 155 hp inline four engine that pairs well with the Miata’s light chassis. The base model outside of the US is a 1.5 L 129 hp engine.
Customers get their choice of either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission depending on their driving preference. The manual shifting option is easy to use when accelerating and maneuvering around tight corners/winding roads at high speeds. The automatic shifter does a good job of keeping the engine at peak rpm levels for the most amount of horsepower and torque while driving.
The takeaway message with the Mazda Miata is that it’s all about a level of performance normally reserved for sports cars with much higher price tags. Using the in-line four engine design, for example, gives the vehicle a good blend of sports car-like performance and sedan-like fuel efficiency. The Miata also comes with a greater degree of automatic control and handling thanks to the electric power assisted steering system and basic traction control.
Mazda has always been known among car manufacturers as the type to push the boundaries of expectations in automotive design. Basically, they don’t like to rest on successful recipes of the past. Instead, Mazda design is all about keeping things fresh enough to keep customers coming back for more.
It is easy to see this design philosophy throughout the Miata exterior and interior. The car retains some of the classic looks of previous generations while using the highest degree of aerodynamic curved lines on the exterior presently seen in the fourth generation. Classic touches include tail lights similar to previous Miata models. You’ll also find several accent details such as the daytime running lights that add some extra visual flair as well as a higher degree of functionality and safety when driving at night.
It is difficult to forget that the Miata is first and foremost a convertible. The iconic soft top remains easy to deploy or retract at the push of a button. The materials of the soft top are also extremely durable to a wide variety of weather and driving conditions. You’ll get your choice of different colors such as the classic black or dark cherry.
The main thing with the Mazda Miata, especially for the 2018 model year, is the influence of Mazda’s racing inspiration. Many performance cars draw inspiration and design cues from vehicles far removed from being street legal. In the case of the Miata, these influences are subtle yet important. The chassis is designed to be as light as possible to maximize fuel efficiency, exterior aerodynamics, and overall performance without using larger engines and drivetrains.
If you’re searching for something that has a great combination of fuel efficiency and performance, the Miata is hard to ignore.
Different Trim Lines
The other great thing about the Miata as a budget sports car is the number of options you will have when purchasing your own. Most premium sports cars and supercars are well-crafted, well-curated vehicle platforms that give you a few options to enjoy from the start. As an everyday auto manufacturer, Mazda takes a more common approach to the Miata’s trim lines and additional packages.
For a base price of $26,645, the sport trim is the base option to consider if you want the basic Miata experience without any unnecessary frills and upgrades. At this level, you will get a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and an estimated fuel efficiency rating of 26 city/35 Highway miles per gallon.
The Club and Grand Touring trim lines keep the same basic performance under the hood using the same I4 155 hp 2.0 L engine. The option of a six-speed manual transmission with paddle shifters is present in these trim lines as well.
The choice between the different trim lines usually comes down to the small accents and upgrades each one provides. For example, if you want a more luxurious interior with better infotainment and safety features, something like the Grand Touring trim will give you the most bang for your buck starting at $31,270. For $29,755, the Club trim is a good middle-of-the-road option to consider.
Experiencing The Miata
Performance specifications, feature lists, and other vehicular details about the Miata are great on paper. However, the only true way to experience what the Miata feels like on the open road is to take a test drive. Once you have full control over the small sports car, you’ll begin to realize just how close it gets to giving you that authentic high-performance driving experience more expensive vehicles deliver.
If you find yourself wanting to explore the possibilities the Mazda Miata has to offer you, come on down to the DePaula Mazda dealership to take a test drive today. One of our skilled staff members will give you any assistance you need to help determine if the Miata is right for you. Feel free to check out what other Mazda cars are for sale on our lot as well.