Looking for the best compromise between driving fun and fuel efficiency? The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata could very well be the new winner.
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Mazda has released full details for the redesigned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata lineup; and while pricing and features have been updated incrementally, far and away some of the biggest surprises in this model’s specification panel are its EPA fuel economy ratings: up about 25 percent versus the previous Miata.
And actually, the 2016 MX-5 Miata is shaping up to be the most fuel-efficient sports car on the market, going by EPA Combined numbers. With now-official EPA fuel economy ratings of 27 mpg city, 34 highway with the six-speed manual gearbox or 27/36 mpg with the six-speed automatic, the new MX-5 Miata takes advantage of Mazda’s SkyActiv high-compression-ratio, direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s already used in the CX-5 and Mazda 3.
Among high-performance variants, the only model to rival the MX-5 Miata is the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth, which also achieves 30 mpg Combined (28 mpg city, 34 highway).
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 will start at $25,735. And with features such as improved Bluetooth connectivity, a USB input, and LED headlamps now included in the Miata (and touchscreen infotainment among the amenities added to the new MX-5 Club model), the Miata still keeps it basic, yet it’s better equipped than before.
The outgoing Miata has a reputation for being a thrilling purists’ sports car that, even at this time of heavy handed performance cars and restrictive safety regulations, keeps it light, responsive, and balanced. And now with fuel economy that rivals some boring, economy-minded hatchbacks, its sharpened roadster shape’s looking better than ever.
The all-new Miata goes on sale later this summer.