2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring: Makes You Want to Go Zoom

Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 10:02 PM

2017mazdamiata475Because the Mazda MX-5 Miata was completely redesigned in 2016, the 2017 version is unchanged.

Always a fun drive, the Miata is one of the top-selling sports cars. If you like your cars sporty and small, the Miata is for you. Practice up on your manual shifting skills, because although the Miata comes with an optional automatic transmission, the manual is much more fun.

You won’t want for creature comforts or technology either because the Miata is loaded with extras that make life a lot easier and make driving the freeways of LA tolerable.

Available in three trim levels: Sport, Club and Grand Touring, the Miata is a two-seater best suited for singles, newly married, or empty nesters. This review will focus on the Grand Touring trim.

2017mazdamiataintWith the Grand Touring model you’ll get an engine sound enhancer, sport front fascia, a rear lip spoiler, piano-black mirror covers and roll hoops, red interior stitching, upgraded interior trim panels, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, voice controls, and a 7-inch touchscreen interface with an auxiliary control knob mounted on the center console, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning. Also included are great extra’s like adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control, auto-dimming mirrors with exterior heating, body-color mirror covers, automatic wipers, a cloth-lined top, leather upholstery, heated seats, automatic climate control and a navigation system. My model also had the optional on manual transmission, keyless ignition and entry.

The Miata is driven by a 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder engine. It produces 155 horses and 148 lb-ft of torque and is geared by a manual 6-speed transmission. There is an automatic transmission available, but I say suck-it-up, this manual is easy to operate and the Miata is after all, a sports car. Expect to get 26/city, 33/highway, and 29/combined mpg.

The interior of the Miata is very attractive, but small. If you are over 6′ tall I would definitely give it a good test drive because it will be a tight fit. However, if you are short like me it’s very comfortable. The seats are well-bolstered so when you go zigzagging down the highway you’ll stay put. Everything is within reach from the sound system, climate control to Mazda’s easy to use infotainment interface.

Storage space is small to non-exisistant (it’s a sports car people!). The trunk will hold 4.6 cubic feet and there is no glove compartment. There are some small bins behind the seat and you’ll have to remove the cupholders because one of them really messes with shifting.

Driving the Miata is pure pleasure. Not only does it accelerate with ease but it’s tight turning radius makes it a snap to turn around and its size a snap to park. The Miata really feels its oats on a twisty mountain road but is equally as fun when you are driving around town.

If you are looking for a sporty little number, give the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring a test drive.