Mazda MX-5 Power Retractable Hardtop – Instant Gratification
- October 2, 2006
- On The Road: Driving Impressions
- Posted by Dan Hall
- Comments Off on Mazda MX-5 Power Retractable Hardtop – Instant Gratification
Just got my hands on AutoPacific’s 2007 Mazda MX-5 for a few days while being evaluated by VehicleVoice and AutoPacific analysts. Like previous Miatas, this one fits like a glove. Ours came in “True Red” with a 6-speed manual, keyless ignition, and a retractable hard top.
While I never thought the MX-5 needed a retractable hard top, it does fit the vehicle well. Top operation is fast and smooth, and it adds a measure of quietness to the vehicle when to top is up. This quietness, allows more of the sweet sound of the powertrain through the firewall. I did not try the BOSE sound system, but I suspect that the hard top might help some enjoy the stereo more.
Inside the vehicle, everything is right where you’d expect it, and right within reach. The interior is nicely laid out, with a black “piano finish” on the dash. My only complaint is the cheap plastic used to cover the instrument cluster as well as the door grabs. Looks like both pieces could be snapped in without tools.
It’s as easy to drive as the original Miatas, but adds a sense of masculinity from the extra power under the hood, and the more aggressive exhaust note. Pushing the vehicle through corners is a blast, and takes little skill to have a great time. Get behind the wheel and you feel like you’re a pro. I’ll take one, please.