What would you do if you had the power to predict the future? A colleague has suggested going to the casino and making a kill overnight. In a way that would shake the very foundation of Las Vegas. This is probably the same reason he will never get the opportunity to make a toast to his possession of such powers. But experts at Mazda could be well on their way to owning the bragging rights to such power if the 2018 Mazda MX5 is anything to go by. Why? Because the manufacturer has been observing the market trends and they have delivered exactly what is needed! The Japanese firm was obviously looking at the consumer's desire to own a cheap British roadster. And saying quietly "here they come." They did it 25 years ago. And this year they have done it again. They've made driving fun without complications. While we were looking for cheap fast cars, they were playing with the idea of a simple car that gives us the thrill of owning a sports car. From this bench, there is a very impressed look on our faces.
What is new?
The 2018 MX5 received minor updates but remains to be one desirable little sports car. The Miata now has the option of heated Recaro sports seats with the Club trim as part of the new Brembo/BBS Recaro package. The base Sport trim now has a 7-inch infotainment screen while all trims get keyless entry as a standard feature. The lack of major changes could be due to the fact that the car was redesigned entirely just two years ago.
What trim levels and features are on offer?
The 2018 Mazda MX5 is a two-seater blend of power and style presented in a menu of three trim levels; there's the Sport, Club and the banging Grand Touring. The base MX-5 starts at $29,295 which gets you Commander Control knobs among other features. Next is the Club which starts at $ 29,155 followed by the $30,195 Grand Touring trim with automatic headlights and auto-dimming mirrors on top of lane departure warning.
How does it feel behind the wheel?
Vrooom vroom vroom.The zippy character of this vehicle makes it an enlivening roadster to zoom around in. We fully understand if the skeptical side we all have asks how that could be achieved by a car that uses a 1.5-liter engine. The explanation is quite simple, weight. This thing weighs less than a tone and the 129 ponies coming from that SKYACTIV-G loaded engine are myrrh, frankincense and gold put together. The manual shifts are heaven on earth, and the chassis itself talks to you. This results in a pretty refined ride and nimble handling which will have you dancing around corners like Hamilton when he hits the track.
Is it practical in terms of space?
It depends on what you are looking for in a sports car, for all we know, it should be safe to say that space is okay. Unless we assumed that someone would use this for a family car's job which would lead us to say that space and the new MX5 are worlds apart. The trunk only has 127 cubic centimeters of space which will only carry a few soft bags in addition to the repair kit, note the absence of a spare wheel. But for the sake of real-life application, is this not a cheeky way to get away over the weekend and enjoy the wind?
How is the safety?
The MX-5 has ABS brakes, EBD, dynamic stability control, blind-spot monitoring, traction control, rear cross-traffic alert and tire pressure monitoring as standard features. There are also front and side curtain airbags to mitigate injury in the event of a crash.