Few cars embody Mazda's over-arching automotive philosophy better than the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Completely redesigned for 2016, a model year that roughly coincides with the car's 25th anniversary, the MX-5 Miata has been saddled with a daunting task: to maintain the fun-to-drive, carefree character of its vaunted predecessors in an era where tech-laden sports cars deliver awesomely capable, but increasingly insulated experiences. Oh, and do it without boosting the sticker price past the $25,000 mark too, please.
It says a lot about Mazda's dedication to engineering and individuality that the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata has managed to accomplish most of the above-listed goals. In fact, in some ways the little roadster has managed to exceed expectations, especially when dealing with traditional quantitative measurements such as curb weight, acceleration, and braking distances. After spending a full day behind the wheel of the new Miata in the canyons surrounding Malibu, however, I can say that qualitatively there's something...different about the 2016 edition that perhaps reveals more about our modern automotive age than it does about the car itself.