I love cars… all kind of cars and it has been a while since I have been behind the wheel of a car that purely lends itself to the joy of driving. When I got the invitation to drive the Mazda MX-5, I was excited. Our seasonal change of weather had been significantly delayed and it was certainly “drop top weather. Of course Murphy’s law will have it that it would rain for most of the week after delivery but once I saw a break in the weather, I quickly called up my new editor Sarah Serrano to hit the city for a night of art, good food and and support for a dear friends fundraiser at the Delancy (Home of the Collage Art Series).
Now this is not a car that you drive simply to get from point A to point B… this is a car you wander in, and we did just that. We cruised Bushwick, Williamsburg, checked out all the murals and then jumped on the BQE to go over the Williamsburg Bridge and into the Lower East Side. The car definitely turned heads and was a conversation starter… and most conversations led back to the “Miata” legacy. Sarah completely fell in love with it and said this is certainly a car built for “Lil Sheba” (that is her nickname). This was the first dry night in a long time… so having the MX-5 with the top down was not only appropriate but necessary. Check out our quick recap video… if the video does not load, click here.
As I said before, this car stands out despite it’s size and you can tell by just looking at it that it is built for the driver. Here is a quick list of a few things that caught my attention.
- Sharper design that exudes confidence.
- Very creative interior that maximizes space
- Premium content (GPS / Infotainment system)
- Increased mileage efficiency over the previous model.
In addition, this sexy two seater is built for the road but a car not known to be very practical can become so much more convenient when you are dealing with NYC’s limited parking options, it is all about perspective. Another big surprise was how very comfortable it is inside… you would never know unless you got behind the wheel. It is a small car without a doubt but it is a whole lot of fun when it is time to go.
This car is certainly made for the urban landscape especially if you are the type of person that likes to retreat from the city and you tend to pack light. The convertible top is not automated but is designed in such a way that it does not need to be, you can manage both opening and closing it right from your seat. I only have two regrets… not having more time to take her on the open road and not knowing how to drive stick, a car like this can certainly inspire me to do so.
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Shout out to Driveshop for making this happen!