• Nov 24th 2008 at 5:31PM
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CAR magazine has gotten an opportunity to try out the refresh of the MX-5, which has left them impressed enough to say it's "still the best car Mazda makes." There's nothing revelatory coming for 2009, just more consistent refinement of a winning formula. The biggest change is a bit of rhinoplasty that adds more of the family nose to the MX-5's visage. The headlamps have taken on a shape that echoes the car's siblings the 3 and the 6. Grille openings, and the shape of the front airdam, call to mind the RX-8, and new sill extensions stretch between the wheels. The tweaking adds a whiff more aggression to the convertible's look, which some have found effeminate in the past.

Rather than get caught up in the recent massive horsepower war, Mazda's been careful to maintain the MX-5's stellar chassis manners that allow drivers to make the most of the horsepower with the car's penchant for serving up handling enjoyment. There have been refinements to the hardware: the transmission now has shorter throws, and the engine gets a forged crank connected to new pistons, and a new valvetrain also helps orchestrate a power peak 300 rpm higher, now at 7,000, and redline bumps out to 7,500. For those that don't want to shift themselves, there's a six speed automatic, and the front suspension has been revised to improve steering feel and action. The MX-5 has evolved from an MGB throwback to a classic in its own right. Now, if they'd just make a proper fixed-head version. Thanks for the tip, Nguyen Ta!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The new 3, now that's a ridiculous smiley face. This is more pouty than smiley.

      Still not feeling it though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't understand why men buy these....

      Tell me what makes this car better than a S2000 honda
        • 6 Years Ago
        I owned a Miata. The reason I owned it instead of the S2000 was the $20000 price difference in Canada.

        Some of us don't have unlimited money for a roadster.

        The Miata wins on smiles/$.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Go ahead and buy that S2000, but remember that someday a guy is gonna pull up next to you at the traffic lights with a minivan full of kids: "Hey, mine works fine."
        • 6 Years Ago
        @full_of_h8

        Perfectly said. I don't know why I always have to justify owning a miata.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I cannot figure out in anyway shape or form someone would buy an s2000? Why wouldnt you just buy a Boxster? Silly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would a guy buy a roadster that is cheap to maintain, handles superbly, is rear wheel drive, lightweight, fun to drive, inexpensive to purchase, has a great ownership community, awesome racing community, etc, etc, etc.
        NO IDEA.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I've owned both. I would buy another Miata without hesitation. For the price, the car is a blast and the true definition of a driver's car. You've obviously never driven one on a twisty two-lane backroad.

        I liked the S2000, but it was a bit sterile compared to the Miata, and would probably pass on the option of buying another. I sold my 2002 after a few years of ownership.

        Of course, the way you word your comment makes me think you're more concerned about what others think of your sexuality than how the car drives. Sad -- you're missing out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't understand why some men feel their masculinity is tied to the vehicles they drive. Oh yeah: insecurity, that's it.

        The S2000 behaves like a Honda Civic unless you rev the hell out of it, costs far more than it's worth, and has looks that literally put you to sleep. Good enough reasons for me to choose the Mazda, though I won't plunk down my dollars for one until they make a proper coupe (or even better, a hatchback).
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is so f-ing HARD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      from the pics it looks like the car was tested on the famous twisty roads of jebel hafeet mountains in alain UAE....i am sure it would be blast to drive MX-5 on that road....
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm always amused by the people who need to attack the Miata as being a chick car or inferior to something else.

      Yeah, there are faster cars out there. I've yet to drive one that's as cheap, dependable, or fun as my Miata. I looked at the S2000. For $10k more, I get slightly improved performance and a horrible instrument panel. Nah, give me simple and easily modifiable.

      I wouldn't trade my Miata for anything. It's an extension of myself when I drive it hard, and I couldn't ask for a better car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is no match, appearance-wise, for the original. It might be better than the current model though, I just can't tell.

      I don't like the nose or the rocker panels really, at least in these pics.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The world's best selling roadster ever just got even better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except for the fact that it looks worse than the old one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That grill opening looks like a big dufus clown grinning. The license plate then gives the appearance of buck teeth. I just can't take it seriously when cars have such strong resemblance to a human face, especially when it is a goofy grinning face. I suspect they will lose all sales to men with that look. This is unfortunate since Mazda just refuses to offer a small two door premium coupe or hatch. A two door version of the Mazda 3 and/or the Mazda 6 would be excellent. But alas, I don't even like the new "corporate" styling direction of the new Mazda 6.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gonna knock a dent in the firewall on this one so you can fit the turbo 2.3l in it? Probably not, so I'll stick with NAs and NBs with LSx swaps.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now that you mention it... a fixed-top coupe version of the Miata would be awesome. They probably wouldn't be able to sell enough of them to make it worthwhile, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it looks a bit better with a big license plate covering it's smile.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Two words:

      Chick car
        • 6 Years Ago
        Couldn't agree more.

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