February 3, 2015
IT’S ALWAYS SUMMER SOMEWHERE by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist It’s just that right now it’s not around here. That shouldn’t keep you from being interested in one of Mazda’s lastest press releases. Coming later this year to a Mazda dealer near you is the new, fourth generation 2016 Mazda MX-5, the little two-seat convertible which has won over both those who remember spiffy small British roadsters from their youth, and the sophisticated modern (albeit it, small) convertible buyer. Mazda is staying with the formula that won the MX-5 numerous awards since being introduced in the U.S. in 1989 as a 1990 model. Not super fast by any means, but still fun to drive with its small size, light weight, and excellent drivetrain and chassis, over 400,000 have already left showrooms around the world. And the 2016 model should do just as well. A total restyle, using some of Mazda’s other models’ styling cues, the MX-5 is nonetheless... an MX-5, through-and-through. Rear wheel-drive is still there, and in the U.S. it will be attached to six-speed stick shift and a 2.0L four which is rated at 129 hp. An automatic will be optional, and I suppose there are some who must have it. Sigh. The 2016 MX-5, going against the grain of most model updates these days, is actually a smidge smaller than the 2015 model in the wheelbase and height dimensions, and about 220 lbs lighter. Which can only help make it even more fun to throw around those back country curves. Zoom zoom, indeed. You can read more about the new MX-5 here: http://mazdausa.com/MusaWeb/displayPage.action?pageParameter=modelsMain&vehicleCode=J12#reveal ### Jim Corbran, Automotive columnist for Artvoice Read You Auto Know every other week in Artvoice, and check the YAK blog daily here: http://blogs.artvoice.com/avdaily/category/you-auto-know/ The post IT’S ALWAYS SUMMER SOMEWHERE appeared first on Buffalo Cars.