The temperatures are finally creeping up, but summer isn't the only thing right around the corner. After making its global debut late last summer, the fully redesigned 2016 Mazda Miata went into production last month and Mazda expects it to hit dealerships late this summer. With a base price of $25,735 (including $820 for destination), the new Miata is $945 more expensive than the outgoing 2015 model.
All 2016 Miatas are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 155 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2015 Miata does have more horsepower (167), but Mazda reports that the 2016 Miata is about 150 pounds lighter than the 2015 MX-5 Miata. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all trims, and a six-speed automatic is optional for $1,075.
The 2016 Mazda Miata is also more fuel-efficient than the 2015 Miata. With a manual transmission, the 2016 Miata returns an EPA-estimated 27/34 mpg city/highway, which bests the 2015 model's 22/28 mpg rating.
Although Mazda's redesigned roadster is more expensive than the outgoing model, it comes with more standard features. The base Sport trim now includes features like cruise control, Bluetooth and a USB port. Proximity key is a $130 option on Miatas with a manual transmission and standard on those with the automatic.
Should you want something more than the base trim, there are three additional trim levels to choose from. The MX-5 Club, which starts at $29,420 (including destination), comes with the Mazda Connect infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio and a nine-speaker Bose audio system, in addition to 17-inch alloy wheels (the base Sport trim has 16-inch wheels) and some performance upgrades on models with the six-speed manual.
The Grand Touring trim comes with heated leather upholstery and automatic climate control, and is available with driver assistance features like rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring. The MX-5 Grand Touring starts at $30,885 with destination fees included.
The limited-production MX-5 Launch Edition has all the equipment offered in the Grand Touring trim plus standard proximity key. The Launch Edition trim is only offered with Soul Red paint and a tan leather interior. Production is limited to 1,000 units, and this trim is priced from $32,390 (including destination).
After driving a pre-production version earlier this year, Car and Driver reports that the newest Miata is everything it hoped it would be. "It’s still a small sports car. It’s still big fun. It’s still a toy. Best of all, it still makes us happy."
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