The 2017 MX-5 Miata has been completely re-engineered and redesigned and, we’re relieved to say, it’s a classic on arrival. The Miata is a true sports car, and perhaps one of the more unlikely successes of the modern automotive era. Designed in the 1980s as an homage to the classic British roadster, the Miata offered up all the driving fun of those sports cars, but virtually none of the ownership pains. The larger 2.0-litre petrol is praised by reviewers for its eagerness to rev and linear power.
2017 MX-5 Miata Performance
Mazda’s 2.0-liter “SkyActiv” direct-injection inline-4 and a high 13:1 compression ratio. The 2.0-litre unit is brand new and features Mazda’s Skyactiv technology – it is lighter than it’s predecessor, but has the same power output and better fuel economy. It has 160hp and 148lb ft – 30hp and 37lb ft over the 1.5-litre. Some reviewers say that there isn’t a huge difference in performance between the two engines, but the larger one is a little bit better at everything. It is one second quicker to 62mph and has that little bit more power to make overtaking easier.
2017 MX-5 Miata Interior
The interior is largely the same to previous year version, which is to say brilliant. Materials are on par with most competitors and in fact it even trumps most of them. That’s not to say it’s brilliant because it isn’t, there are some questionable plastics and the design is pretty bland. No details on exact weight yet but it should be around the same, which is to say about 140 pounds heavier at the worst case scenario which isn’t all that bad.
The new cabin feels more upscale, but continues to offer the sporty experience that made the Miata famous. MX-5 Miata customers should get all that, but with a slightly different experience due to the metal top and the flying buttresses that remain in place behind the seats.