2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Soft TopBlog May 23rd , 2017
The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is Fun, Light, and Nimble – Just like the Original
The Mazda MX5 Miata is the most successful two-seat sports car in the world. In 2000 the Guinness Book of World Records certified that it had overtaken all other sports cars ever built. And in April of 2016, the one millionth MX-5 Miata rolled of the assembly line. And what’s most incredible is that while many performance cars get heavy and bogged-down with extra equipment and options, Mazda has kept the MX-5 Miata true to its original concept.
Completely redesigned but completely true to its roots
Lighter, smaller, quicker, and more nimble than its predecessor, the 2017 Mazda MX-5 sports car has shed approximately 150 pounds from its predecessor through the use of aluminum and ultra‑high‑tensile steel. Its curb weight now stands at 2,332 lbs. when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.
In a time when some models of cars have gained 1.000 lbs. or more, the 2017 MX-5 is only 262 pounds heavier than the original, smaller, less powerful 1989 MX-5 Miata. The new MX-5 remains a lightweight, nimble, and fun to drive sports car.
The “Soul of Motion” KODO design language Mazda utilizes in all its models is not just a curve in the side panels or the shape of a headlight. However, the Mazda MX-5 perhaps better captures the spirit of this design philosophy than any other Mazda — its stance conveys aggressive design while maintaining fluid symmetry.
SKYACTIV-G Technology Powers the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Performance features of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata begin with an all-aluminum SKYACTIV-G 2.0 L DOHC four-cylinder engine with a 13.0:1 compression ratio that produces 155 horsepower (116 kW) at 6000 rpm and 150 lb-ft (200 N-m) of torque at 4000 rpm. The engine is set back behind the front axle line to help achieve the MX-5 Miata’s 50/50 weight distribution.
Another performance feature is your choice of the compact SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission or the available six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission that uniquely utilizes both a mechanical clutch and torque converter.
There are three models of the 2017 MX-5 Miata available in Canada: GX, GS, and GT. All utilize the same SkyActiv-G engine and transmissions. The GX is the well-equipped entry-level model with air conditioning and a six-speaker stereo standard. The GS adds 17” wheels, a limited-slip differential, and strut tower brace along with a seven-inch touchscreen with Navigation, while the GT adds to that unique heated leather seats and a nine-speaker Bose audio system. See Moffat’s Mazda for more details, and be sure to ask about the limited-edition GS Sport package.
Some of the Latest and Most Sophisticated Safety Technology on the Miata MX-5 GT
iActiveSense is a suite of active safety technologies that automatically monitor the road and other cars in order to assist the driver in recognizing hazards and reducing or even avoiding collisions.
Standard on the GT is the Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) that detects vehicles approaching from the side and promptly alerts the driver when you’re backing out from a parking spot, a Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSM) that uses radar to detect and warn you that other vehicles are in your left or right blind spots. The BSM then alerts you with a warning light in the corresponding side mirror. The 2017 Mazda MX-5 GT also features a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) which “reads” lane markings and alerts the driver when it anticipates the vehicle is going to drift from its lane.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata sports car is designed to be driven, and to prove it, Mazda Canada Inc. has introduced Mazda Unlimited – the only warranty program of its kind in Canada. Mazda Unlimited features unlimited mileage for our 3-YEAR New Vehicle, 3-YEAR Roadside Assistance, 5-YEAR Powertrain and 7-YEAR Anti-Perforation warranties, so you can focus on every thrilling moment spent behind the wheel instead of the odometer.
Summer is fast approaching and the time to take the top down and enjoy the scenery. Come see the experts at Moffat’s Mazda in Barrie, ONand they’ll help you select the 2017 Mazda Miata MX-5 that suits you perfectly.