By David Martin
“By humans, for humans.” Mazda’s mantra is simple but perfect. As the world of innovation enhances automotive autonomy, humans are slowly being removed from the driving picture, but Mazda’s pursuit of innovation keeps you, the driver, at the center. While many Mazdas are built for ease of use and everyday convenience, the 2020 Miata is designed to thrill and keep control at the hands of the user. This vehicle is built to give energy, life, and passion into the driver’s experience.
The 2020 Miata ranks near the top of the sports car class, an impressive feat considering its competitively low price. It’s 181 hp, 2.0L, I-4 engine delivers 151 pounds of torque and can get from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 5.8 seconds. At 34 mpg, this vehicle continues to play off the premise of its economic value, but it doesn’t do it at the cost of performance. The Miata’s manual transmission offers quick shifts and hands over full control to the driver making every experience a joyride, but even automatic options for this vehicle are competitive in speed and versatility. The driver can feel the road as they move along but the handling is quick, and the car responds promptly to user input.
For drivers interested in taking a break by handing some control over to cruise control and the I-Activsense suite driver assistance systems, the 2020 Miata offers a host of features. The primary feature is the standard automated emergency braking with forward-collision warning. The vehicle also features blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert systems as well as a lane-departure warning in case the driver unintentionally is about to enter a dangerous situation.
The Miata’s Infotainment System follows the same principle as its interior which is to cover the most important essentials. Bluetooth connectivity and a CD player. The console itself has both easy-to-reach physical knobs and touch screen capabilities for some of the more involved applications. It also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto making it incredibly easy to play music from your phone or any mobile device. The touchscreen also has a navigation system for traveling that can be updated and installed with a Mazda SD card.
The 2020 Miata’s interior minimalism prioritizes the most important features by offering a refreshingly simplified dashboard and steering wheel. Its keyless entry, air conditioning, push start button, and review camera keeps you comfortable and make everyday use of the vehicle easy and convenient. The Miata’s compact storage keeps things safe from rolling around and boasts a professional atmosphere.