2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata
There are 1 user reviews for the Club Power Hard Top MT trim shown below
- Looks awesome, handles like on rails, price
- MPG, road noise, jealous drivers
Purchased As New
I love this thing. Is it a practical family car? No. Is it a track star for the road? YES. I use it as my daily driver except when it rains, but only because it is still new.
Take it on a winding road and all your problems of the day melt away. Drop the top, which we can do here in the Bay Area about 2/3 of the year, and it is pure bliss.
It is a small car, but at 6' and portly, I fit fine, even with a hat and coat on. I can get out of it and not look like a fool. I am in my 40's so I get the "midlife crisis" car mularkey, but I don't care.
It is cheap on insurance (half that of my 7 y.o. Camry Hybrid),
With the bilstein shocks the ride is smooth yet firm.
If you are in the market and can drive one, GET THE MANUAL. I tried both, and you really need a manual for the full experience. I felt disconnected with the AT, and it seemed more sluggish. You do get 9 more HP with the MT as well.
The Club model is a track car for the road. It is geared for quickness, not high speed, though it will go just fine on the Interstate. It has a radio, Cruise control, AC, heater, and a Aux plug. That's about it, so if you need more creature comforts, opt for the grand touring model.
On long trips (say over 2 hours), you will want to stop sometimes, and with the smallish fuel tank, you will need to stop about every 250-300 miles, depending on how you drive it. It takes premium, so you will pay more ($4+ for 91 here in the bay area), and it gets a true 21-28 MPG depending on where and how you drive. Red light racing is dangerous here anyway, because of red light runners, but on a track you will likely get 15-18 at most. Same with a winding country road, like Calaveras or CA-130; on PCH you can do better, if you aren't stuck in traffic... On Interstates at ~70 I get 30 mpg and it is pretty tame. Again, thank those bilsteins for the tight alignment and tracking of the wheels.
So if you want a daily soccer mom car, look elsewhere. If you want a fun car you can throw a couple of bags and blast off for the weekend, or take the long way to or from work, you might find nirvana. I took the red one, because I wanted to be udnerstated (LOL), but the Club looks awesome in any color, especially with the black hardtop.
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