For passionate aficionados of high-performance automobiles, the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata distinguishes itself among the growing prevalence of electric cars and SUVs. This renowned open-top car remains faithful to its original concept of being lightweight, exhilarating, and economical.
2023 MX-5 Miata remains largely unaltered, apart from the introduction of a new color, Zircon Sand.
The MX-5 holds onto its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, generating 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Despite not boasting extreme power statistics, the MX-5’s promptness establishes a direct connection between the vehicle and the driver, resulting in an unadulterated driving experience. The six-speed manual transmission offers concise gear lever movements and a flawlessly balanced clutch, rendering gear shifts gratifying. For those inclined towards an automatic transmission, a six-speed alternative is on hand.
The MX-5’s cabin area is confined, with minimal storage choices. Nonetheless, it provides 4.6 cubic feet of trunk space, sufficient for a carry-on bag or a small number of bags. Regarding technology, the MX-5 is equipped with a 7-inch display managing the Mazda Connect infotainment system and provides wireless Apple CarPlay and two USB-A ports.
In terms of safety, the MX-5 incorporates customary driver assistance functionalities such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.
Offered in three trim levels – Sport, Club, and Grand Touring – and with the MX-5 Miata RF offering a retractable hardtop, the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata commences at $29,215 and reaches up to $34,810 for a fully-equipped manual Grand Touring. The RF, available in Club and Grand Touring trims, starts at $36,915.
Altogether, the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata excels in delivering an economical and exhilarating driving experience, outperforming competitors like the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 in terms of sheer driving satisfaction within this price bracket.
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