2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club: Zoomalious

Published: Friday, June 8, 2018 | 12:03 AM

2018mazdamx5miata475For all you sports car lovers, I present to you the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club. A zoom-worthy two-seater for anyone who appreciates the wind in their hair, the feel of the road, and has a need for speed.

Since its complete redesign two years ago the Miata comes into 2018 with a minimum of changes, most notable is the Recaro sport seats option for the Club trim. Also of note is that the advanced keyless entry is now standard on all trims and there is an optional red roof appearance package for the Club.

What hasn’t changed for the Miata is the joy of the ride. From its zippy engine to its tight road handling, there are few sport models out there that can compete with Mazda’s perennial favorite. Having said that, it is small so taller folks may find the interior confining and it has little to offer in the way of cargo capacity.

The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata comes in three trim levels: Sport, Club and Grand Touring. This review will focus on the Club trim level with the Red Roof Appearance Package.

2018mazdamx5seatsSince my Miata Club came with the manual transmission my model was equipped with a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers, shock tower brace, limited slip differential and engine sound enhancer to give it extra vroom. Also standard on the Club model are, 17-inch wheels with summer performance tires, a sportier front fascia, rear lip spoiler, black mirror covers and roll hoops, red interior stitching, upgraded interior trim panels, nine-speaker Bose audio system, voice controls, 7-inch touchscreen interface with an auxiliary control knob mounted on the center console, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Also offered on the Club model is the Brembo/BBS package which adds 17-inch forged BBS wheels, more powerful Brembo front brakes, an aero body kit and heated leather seats. This package was included on my review model.

Powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, the Miata zips along the road with 155 horses and 148 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed manual transmission that comes standard, is easy to use and makes for a fun drive. Even with all its speed, mileage estimates are great at 26/city, 33/highway, and 29/combined mpg.

On the inside, the Miata is all about the driver with nicely bolstered seats and easy to reach controls. Because of its small size I found the placement of the removable cup holders to be hard to reach. They are between the two seats and towards the rear of the cabin, so it’s quite a reach for the cup. There is a place for a cup holder in a more accessible location but it you have a passenger forget about it.

Controls and all other placement are within reach. Most will feel comfortable in the compact cabin, but if you are over six-feet you’ll have to fold yourself into and out of the car with the top up. The blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert is a great added function, because with the top up side visibility is obscured by the soft top when its up.

Driving the Miata is shear joy from the quick acceleration, to the sport-tuned suspension, this car is a hoot to drive. I love taking it on the Arroyo Parkway Freeway with its twists and turns it puts the Miata through it’s paces. There is a fair amount of road noise but who cares when you’re having this much fun.

Want a cute little roadster that’s a good to look at as it is to drive? Give the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club a test drive.