Quick Spin: Mazda MX-5 defines drop-top fun

The drop-top on a 2018 Mazda MX-5 can be lowered by palm during a stop light.

The drop-top on a 2018 Mazda MX-5 can…

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Mark Kennedy
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Model: Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

Color: Machine Gray

Engine: 2.0-liter, four-cylinder

Fuel consumption: 33 mpg highway, 26 mpg city

Dealership: Tim Short Mazda


The Mazda MX-5 Miata is America’s sweetheart. It’s cute, has tons of celebrity and loves balmy days during a beach.

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For a initial time, we can now sequence your MX-5 Miata with a cherry on top. New for 2018, is a Dark Cherry soothing tip choice to addition a customary black.

It’s tough to trust it has been roughly 30 years given Mazda introduced a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive roadster modeled after British sports cars such as a Triumph Spitfire and a Austin-Healy 100.

This week’s tester is a MX-5 Club soft-top, a mid-trim choice in a Miata line-up. Earlier this year, we tested a glorious Mazda Miata RF retractable-roof fastback, with a inventive fold-away targa top. Miata purists will no-doubt cite a soothing top, that — as always — can be flung behind and buttoned down with one palm while you’re during a stoplight.

The MX-5 comes in 3 trim levels, Sport (starting during $26,645 with involuntary transmission), a Club (starting during $29,755 likewise equipped) and a Grand Touring (starting during $31,270).

Mazdas are accessible locally during Tim Short Mazda on International Drive. The dealership had 6 Mazda Miata RFs in digital register final week.

JUST THE BASICS. The Miata MX-5 Club is a two-seat roadster versed with Mazda’s light-weight, routinely aspirated, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine that creates 155 horsepower. Power is delivered by a behind wheels in loyal sports-car fashion. While engine energy is modest, a high-revving engine and offset framework make for good pushing dynamics. There’s a favoured trunk, though a Miata is a day-trip kind of vehicle.

Three decades of expansion (the Miata debuted in 1989) have seen a Mazda renovate from a bare-bones roadster into a thoroughly-modern engine automobile packaged with active reserve facilities and quadruped comforts.

WORTHWHILE OPTIONS. Our tester came versed with a pleasing new Dark Cherry fabric tip joined with Machine Gray physique paint, a $300 option. We also fell in adore with a 17-inch BBS fake amalgamate wheels, partial of a $4,470 choice package that also includes stop-on-a-dime Brembo brakes adult front.

IT’S GOOD FOR CHATTANOOGA BECAUSE. The Tennessee Valley is a Miata day-trip bliss with circuitous roads and pleasing vistas in all directions. If we are on a blockade about shopping one, consider of it as a pleasure vessel for dry land.

HOW MUCH? Our tester, supposing by a manufacturer, was a Club chronicle with primer smoothness and about $5,000 in upgrades. Its MSRP is $35,240 including $890 in smoothness charges.

COOL STUFF. The Miata binds adult like a champ. Many of a ’90s-era Miatas are still on a road, so design to suffer your small roadster for decades.

WE WISH FOR. Cream-colored extraneous paint with a Dark Cherry soothing tip would make a Miata demeanour good adequate to eat.

WHILE YOU ARE LOOKING. Also check out a Audi TT roadster and BMW Z4.

Contact Mark Kennedy during mkennedy@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6645.

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