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2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata: A Review of Pure Driving Pleasure for Enthusiasts

Image Source: Rakhmat Darmawan @ShtterStock

For enthusiasts of high-performance vehicles, the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata stands out among the increasing presence of electric cars and SUVs. This iconic convertible stays true to its original formula of being lightweight, exhilarating, and affordable.

The 2023 MX-5 Miata remains mostly unchanged, except for the addition of a new color, Zircon Sand.

The MX-5 retains its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 181 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Despite not having extreme power figures, the MX-5’s responsiveness creates a direct connection between the car and the driver, offering a pure driving experience. The six-speed manual transmission provides short gear lever throws and a perfectly weighted clutch, making shifting gears enjoyable. For those who prefer an automatic transmission, a six-speed option is available.

The MX-5’s interior space is limited, with minimal storage options. However, it offers 4.6 cubic feet of trunk space, suitable for a carry-on suitcase or a few bags. In terms of technology, the MX-5 features a 7-inch screen operating the Mazda Connect infotainment system and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and two USB-A ports.

In the safety department, the MX-5 includes traditional driver assistance features such as blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Available in three trim levels – Sport, Club, and Grand Touring – and with the MX-5 Miata RF offering a retractable hardtop, the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata starts at $29,215 and goes up to $34,810 for a fully optioned manual Grand Touring. The RF, available in Club and Grand Touring trims, starts at $36,915.

Overall, the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Miata dominates in providing an affordable and thrilling driving experience, surpassing competitors like the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GR86 in terms of sheer driving pleasure within this price range.

Image Source: Rakhmat Darmawan @ShtterStock

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