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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Refining the RoadsterThe changes to the 2019 Miata are small, but together they add up to a big improvement for the playful little Roadster.
The fourth generation Mazda MX5 was already a fantastic car, and this new 2019 model, it's better. So if you were on the fence about getting a Miata, take my word for it, just buy one. You won't regret it. So there's been your look at the 2019 Mazda MX, wait, wait, you wanted more than that? Well you've come to the right place, buddy. Grab shotgun with me in this new GTS model and we'll take her for a spin. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] Here, let me get this up so we can talk. The thing is, that Compact, affordable, fun little sports cars like this are my jam. You give me a car like a Subaru BRZ, and my heart just skips a beat. And the MX-5 is arguably the king of that very small class. It's got a rev happy little engine that offers just enough power to keep things fun, and arguably some of the best handling. And it's glass. Heck, I put this thing up against cars that cost twice maybe four times as much. Its got a ride that is compliant while still also being responsive. It's engaging without being punishing. More importantly the MX-5 offers some of the best driving feel of any car on the road. I mean between the steering and the seat of the pants feel I've got a lot of intuitive information about what's happening where the rubber meets the road. And really instant feedback about how my input effects that and that makes this a really good tool for learning to be a great driver and a really good companion once you're all ready one. [NOISE] [MUSIC] Whether you're just the casual enthusiast who wants to enjoy a blast on your favorite back road, a seasoned track veteran who wants something to modify, or just one of the 40% of MX5 drivers who take the automatic transmission, there's something here for everyone, at every driving skill. And Mazda talked about a connection between horse and rider, they're not just blowing smoke up but there's something to this car, it's really special. [MUSIC] And the 2019 model improves in a number of ways. In the cabin we've got a telescoping steering wheel for the first time ever. And that's gonna allow the MX5's already really good sitting position to be better fine tuned for a variety of body sizes. And that makes the driver seat a much better platform for your drive. We've also got a standard rear view camera for 2019. The video quality on the camera's not super great. But realistically, you don't need a backup camera on a car of this size. So, it does kind of come in handy on the RS model when the hardtop's in the way. My only problem with the backup camera is that it's a bit unfortunately placed prominently in the middle of the bumper where it just draws a lot of attention. I would have liked for them to have moved it a little bit lower. As is, it kinda seems like Mazda just crammed it up there, like **** you, NHTSA, here's your backup camera. Another change for 2019 is this new GTS model we're in And it basically takes a lot of the handling of brakes from the club model and bring them up to the fully loaded grand touring. Now, basically it means you've got to stretched tower bar upfront, built speed suspension all around and a limited slip at the wheel. That life fit really helps in handling. Of course, if you got an automatic model, you have to forego the suspension because automatic drivers are A little bit more relaxed. Speaking of performance upgrades, the big upgrade for 2019 is the power improvement from the two-liter engine. Now, we've got 181 horsepower, that's 26 more than before, and 151 pound feet of torque, that's just a gain of 3. Now, the way that Mazda got that power is simply raising the redline 1,000 RPM. So now instead of running out of steam at around 6000 rpm's you can push this thing all the way up to 7000. And that basically makes the car feel a lot more [UNKNOWN] and a lot more animated when you're really pushing it through a dynamic driving situation. But because that all that power's really high up in the power [UNKNOWN] daily driving feels about the same Sure there is a little torque bump down at around 1500 rpm that makes the car a little bit easeir to drive around town. But most of the time the 80% of the time when you are just driving the car around it just feels about the same as before. The only difference is that 20% of the time when you are really pushing it just feels a little bit more special. [MUSIC] Now overall, what Mazda has done is taken the Miata and just made it a little bit better overall. Then again, when you're starting with one of my favorite cars on the road, a little bit better is perfectly fine. [MUSIC] [SOUND] Okay, so where was I? Right, if you're on the fence about the Miata, just buy one, or borrow one. Trust me, you won't regret it. And this 2019 model is even better. But, it comes at a slightly higher price. Expect around a $500 price hike this year, landing this one at around $36,000 [INAUDIBLE] [MUSIC]