The Mazda MX-5 series has been around for what seems to be the beginning of time. I mean, it is the bestselling two-seater sports car of all time. It is the most produced race-vehicle in North America. The first MX-G was produced in 1989, and since then, only the sky has been the limit. It is ergo one of the most beloved model series by motor aficionados in the world. The sports-like personality of the car hasn’t been lost since the first model was released, and this remains constant with the latest model making its debut; the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata. If you are a car fanatic, then you know all about the facts about the meandering past of the Mazda MX-5, but here are ten things you may not know about the 2020 model.
An improved classic
It is impossible to understand how Mazda has managed to maintain the playfulness when developing this model. Its chassis is more playful than ever, its engine is quick to rave-up and the car itself eats up miles in such a gluttonous manner. The Mazda MX-5 Miata is fundamentally a go-kart on this side of the vehicular sphere. And that’s not a bad thing either. The overall effect is that Mazda has managed to keep the pleasing analog feel the earlier editions had, a fact made more impressive by the recent influx of high-tech computer-controlled cars that have deluged the whole world.
What Mazda has done with the exterior of the 2020 version of the MX-5 series can simply be described as minimalistic. Keeping a shape akin to the models of old, it uses modern materials to cut back on the overall weight of the car. Its smooth contouring proliferates the sleekness and elegance. The first three generations of the vehicle, the NA, NB, and NC, had a feature recurrent in all of them; the side indicator. This feature doesn’t manage to transcend into this new model.
The car uses a two-liter, 16-valve, and a four-cylinder engine. That alone makes it one of the most powerful sports car engines you will find. Couple this with the fact that the car is super lightweight, 2745 pounds or 1245 kilograms, what you get is a cocktail of features that make it even faster. Don’t just take my word for it. Its speed metrics tell the tale. 0 to 60 mph in only 5.7 seconds for the soft-top and that time increases by just 0.1 seconds with the slightly heavier hardtop model.
The two-liter engine provides an efficient and economic scheme for fuel consumption. The car covers 37 miles for every gallon of fuel. Yeah, pretty cool. You can add this to the growing list of the car’s upsides.
Though there is the option of getting the automated transition system, like all sports cars, it is recommended that you get the six-speed manual transmission. This way, you get maximum contact between the driver and the car itself, and that intimacy increases the thrill you experience when driving. This car also has some exceptional qualities. Its throttle response has been made to be more prompt; the engine raves up more quickly, and the power curve in the vehicle is more linear than before. The way the car maneuvers the corners and rides the bumps is typical of Mazda. The shocks and springs have been fine-tuned to absorb any of the stiffness you might encounter during your journey.
As it is primarily a sports car, you would expect it to have sufficient handling. You wouldn’t be wrong in this case. The series has been experiencing some tweaks since the 2017 model was released, and the latest alterations implemented only make the handling even more special. The car changes direction immediately, a factor that can be attributed to both the handling and the tactile steering system put in place. While driving, you will always be informed of whatever is happening in the front wheels.
Mazda pulled out all the stops to try and ensure that the car’s weight is as low as possible. Thus, the car’s interior is stripped of everything except the bare essentials. The number of seats is the clearest of examples. There are also fewer cubbies. However, the most prolific of these features is the trunk. It barely acknowledges the need for carrying luggage. This is easily excusable when considering the bigger picture; saving this space and weight results in the almost super-car qualities, the Mazda MX-5 Miata possesses.
Here is where the car simply gives in to the changes in technology. The Miata connect infotainment system provides the driver and the passenger with state-of-the-art entertainment options, with easy control features. The car has a 7-inch sensor screen, made even more accessible through the hard buttons and control knob in the center console. The system also has Bluetooth connectivity and a CD player. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have also been made into standard features into the three models present. The car has a top-tier audio system, facilitated by nine Bose speakers that include a driver and passenger headrest speaker and a sub-woofer.
The Miata offers features that are in the upper echelon of safety and security. The I-active sense technology prominent in the Mazda models is used in the 2020 MX-5 too. Rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring help the driver in accident prevention. The smart-city brake support is kicked into gear when the car is traveling between two to 18 mph. The lane departure warning system is also integrated into the vehicle. There are also front and side-impact airbags. Safety assurance is paramount to enjoy the car you drive, and the Miata offers just that.
The 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in three models; the Sport, The Club, and The Grand Touring. All of these have automatic and manual transmission options. The price of the Sport is 27,500 dollars, and the Club is 31,210 dollars while the Grand Touring costs 32,590 dollars. The Club offers the best of both worlds. You can also choose between the hardtop RF model and the convertible. Both of them are the same, and your choice should be maybe solely on your preferences.