Forget the specs, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the embodiment of driving joy

In a word, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is “playful.” My 24 hour stint behind the wheel of the all-new fourth-generation roadster revealed that Mazda is less concerned with all out performance and more focused on delivering a unique and engaging driving experience. Despite the roadster’s weekend racing pedigree, Mazda approaches the new Miata as a road car first and builds its experience around delivering the sensation of speed.

You might notice, for example, that the MX-5’s ride is a bit more compliant than your average sport compact’s “track tuned” suspension. The softer setup lets the suspension to absorb mid-corner bumps with grace and allows a bit of body roll when cornering. That roll gives the driver the sensation of carving corners at any speed and helps the driver to feel how hard they’re pushing the car around a bend. This feel helps make the roadster more predictable, which builds confidence and encourages more speed.

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