Mazda has redesigned its MX-5 Miata roadster for the fourth time since its introduction in 1990. This MX-5 is lighter and more fuel-efficient than previous incarnations, and its trunk – never particularly useful to begin with – is a little smaller. Otherwise, the new model preserves the qualities that have kept this roadster on the market for more than a quarter century.
We were a little disappointed we were scheduled to receive the Soul Red 2016 MX-5 soft-top convertible in mid-December, but the unseasonably warm weather enabled us to drive it around one day with the top down. This unexpected opportunity revealed something about the roadster's personality that we'd never noticed before: everything about this car seems more fun and engaging with the top down.