The FREE Complete Bay Area Auto Enthusiast Guide

It is a dream ride for top-down motoring buffs. The rear-wheel-drive Mazda MX-5 Miata, which celebrates its 30-year anniversary, continues to reign over the competition. More so now than ever before, thanks to extra power and torque in the 2019 model, as well as a standard tilt/telescoping steering column and rearview camera, among other new safety features. 

Under the hood of our Grand Touring RF (retractable fastback) trim resides a 2.0-liter DOHC inline-4 cylinder engine making 181 horsepower (up 26 hp) at 7500 rpm and 151 pounds-feet of torque (increase of 3) at 4000 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed auto gearbox though a 6-speed manual also is offered. Suspension is adeptly handled via a double wishbone front and multilink rear system. Guiding the lively convertible, whose hardtop opens and closes in 13 seconds via a power switch, is a double-pinion power-assist steering.  

Penetrating inward LED headlights surround the familiar Mazda insignia as eyes gaze up to a long hood with a pushed-back windshield and short roof. The interior is elegant, lavish and expensive-looking. Take the leather on the steering column, shifter, hand brake, and of course the comfortable seats. Other amenities include push button ignition, 7-inch navigation, phone and audio touch screen, paddle shifters, heated front seats, Bose audio with 9 speakers, auto a/c, piano black seatback bar trim, mesh aero board, and power door locks and windows. The only minus would be a miniscule trunk, which is understandable. With the extra power and torque, the MX-5 transforms into an even more exhilarating and entertaining car to drive.

Open-air motoring fans will be in awe of its snappy acceleration, impressive handling and admirable fuel economy. And at just $34,410, it is a steal. May the best-selling roadster in the world bring smiles and pleasure for another 30 years!  

MX-5 (GT)
Tires: 205/45R17
Wheelbase: 90.9 inches
Length: 154.1 inches
Weight: 2,388 pounds
Fuel capacity: 11.9 gallons
City: 26 mpg
Highway: 35 mpg
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