But for the price, enthusiasts might also want to look at the Ford Mustang V6 convertible, which offers track-worthy performance with larger dimensions. The tilt steering wheel helps at least a little, and the seat-height adjustment is a welcome addition. When equipped with the five- or six-speed manual, it produces 167 hp. Brake feel is solid, thanks to improved brake system rigidity and strengthened brake hoses, making repetitive and smooth stops a breeze. A single set of power window buttons is located on the center console aft of the shift boot.
The car's expanded girth yields an additional 1. But the pedal pressure required is very light around town, necessitating a get-used-to-it period before your right foot learns how lightly it needs to tread. Playing with the gears in a sports car should entertain not only in how the car moves down the road and through curves, but also aurally, in what you hear as well as what you feel. The hard shell makes it more secure and also a lot quieter inside the cabin. The spare tire was left out more to save weight than to add space for golf clubs.
The Miata has historically offered about the best-shifting gearbox on the planet. The Miata formula has been copied, but measured by all-around capability and grin-per-mile factor, it hasn't been surpassed. A touch of counter-steer and a soft feathering of the gas and the tires stick again, and away you go. And all that is with the electronic stability control activated. It's better, but it's not dulled. The difference comes from a higher redline with the manual: 7,200 rpm rather than 6,700 rpm with the automatic.
The drive is engaging and will have you searching for winding roads where the car can stretch its legs. Track-day warriors might opt for the model with cloth upholstery, manual air conditioning, a simple stereo, and a 5-speed manual transmission, while those looking for a more luxe experience might choose leather upholstery, automatic climate control, the automatic transmission, and the upgraded Bose audio system, which remixes sound in real time to compensate for ambient noise with the top down. But move the weights next to each other at the center of the broomstick, and starting it spinning and stopping it requires much less effort. With the hard top, a rear panel aft of the front seats raises to allow the top to drop into the well, and covers it back up once it's snuggled in place. Pop a single handle at the top of the windshield, touch a button on the dash, and in 12 seconds the top has contorted itself into the same well the soft-top uses.
That's not bad considering its size but it could be better suffice to say we feel a lot safer in one these days. New for 2012 An electronic stability system is now standard, but there are no other significant changes. Track is the distance between the left and right wheels. We've listed all relevant models here. . The Miata cruises well, too, though on the Interstate it can wander slightly in response to pavement irregularities or when passing through the wind blast of a large truck. New for 2012 An electronic stability system is now standard, but there are no other significant changes.
Still, the hardtop's cabin isn't nearly as hushed as the average sedan's. There's a decent amount of storage for a small, two-seat car: A lockable glove box that's surprisingly roomy, storage in the center console, and bins behind each of the seats with the soft top they're sacrificed in Hard Top models. Ordering the sports suspension buys a firmer ride and increased feel of the road, with the same controllable balance, but not a higher level of discomfort. The roadster is fitted with driver and passenger front and side airbags, dynamic stability and traction control systems, as well as anti-lock brakes. Mazda says the floor is deep enough for a case of tall, 1. Oversize speakers dominate the forward part of the door panels.
The center stack hosts intuitively positioned stereo and air conditioning knobs, buttons and recessed toggles that are easy to grasp and manipulate. This is a crucial reason the car remains true to its fun-loving roots. The current generation's 6-speed doesn't quite match the effortlessness of the previous 5-speed, but it's close, and improvements introduced for 2009 have moved it a long way in the right direction. The Activematic function works as it should, too, declining to shift up even with the engine zinging along at its electronically limited redline, or to shift down no matter how hard you stomp the gas pedal. No one will ever pine for power assist, though we do appreciate the upgrade from the base vinyl roof to the woven fabric that comes on the Grand Touring model. Just as significant from the driver's seat is how the car's mass is distributed.
As for wind bluster with the top down, the small quarter windows inboard of the side mirrors can keep the interior calmer, though having them up looks a bit geeky. With the top up, there's a little flutter of the unlined fabric at high speeds. Believe it or not, it's been 23 years since the introduction of the Mazda Miata. With balance so close to perfect with two people on board, and with the sporty, asymmetrical-tread tires on the Touring and Grand Touring models. The premium sound system has a function Bose calls Audiopilot.
Bluetooth for one thing and there's no trip computer to help you keep track of fuel consumption. Stop the car and put it in neutral or Park for the automatic. In the two-seat sports car context, the Miata delivers fun as well as cars that cost four or five times more. Road noise emanates from the rear wheels and comes up through the top's storage well behind the seats, and there's some wind flutter around the rear corners of the side windows. Overall, interior quality and appearance are way better than old-time Miata faithful will expect.
Fuel level is reported in a small circle to the lower left, coolant temperature to the lower right, and oil pressure thank you very much! When equipped with the five- or six-speed manual, it produces 167 hp. Neither the soft top nor the retractable hard top impact trunk room. The convertible soft top is Mazda's best yet, and one of the best anywhere. The top looks neatly finished when it's down, with no additional effort. Engine These days you get a high revving 2.