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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata first in-car observations

Published by Mazda Blogs on September 7th, 2014

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Driver's area, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata reveal car

We’ve had few days to digest the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata since the roadster was first revealed on Wednesday evening when we offered you our first impressions. Since that time, we’ve gone back and looked at the car a number of times in person here in California, and we’ve even seen it briefly run under its own power (okay, it was more of a saunter). What we didn’t get the chance to do at the reveal, however, was sit inside the car. We’ve since been able to remedy that, and while we haven’t been allowed to drive the new roadster, we do have some initial in-car impressions to share with you.

  • First, the location and feel of the major controls is quite excellent. The three-spoke steering wheel is an MX-5 specific item – it’s not shared with any other Mazda. That’s vital, because others would likely be too big in diameter or have the wrong rim thickness. The wheel’s redundant controls seem to be well laid out and the airbag boss is very small. The column tilts, but unfortunately and somewhat inexplicably, it still doesn’t telescope.
  • Pedals are well-spaced, and the six-speed manual has the same short throws and positive engagement that we’ve come to know and love.
  • The more supportive seats are positioned closer to the floor of the car, and the slightly wider passenger cell itself seems to be set a bit further back in the wheelbase than the NC.
  • Legroom feels roughly analogous to the NC, mirroring what we’ve been told. Headroom is said to be about the same as the exiting car as well, but without being able to put up the soft top, that’s hard to assess.
  • We haven’t measured it, but it looks like the new car has a longer dash-to-axle ratio, too. Combine all that with a lower hood, lower ride height and a slightly faster windshield rake, and you’ve got the recipe for a racier feel from behind the wheel.
  • Speaking of the view out, the front fenders are more pronounced, giving an evocative view out of the windshield and providing a clearer idea of where the front wheels are placed in corners.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata first in-car observations originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 07 Sep 2014 10:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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NFL player Alfred Morris receives his thoroughly restored 1991 Mazda 626

Published by Mazda Blogs on October 16th, 2013

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Alfred Morris' 1991 Mazda 626

Washington Redskins starting running back Alfred Morris might not drive a flashy sports car or SUV, but after today, he’ll be driving the nicest 1991 Mazda 626 on the planet.

Back in July, Morris temporarily traded in his 626 – cheekily named Bentley – for a 2014 Mazda6 loaner courtesy of Mazda, and today the sedan was presented back to him after the ultimate PR stunt: a reported 275-man-hour restoration that left this 22-year-old daily driver looking like it just rolled off the assembly line.

Not everything was brought back to original condition, though. The expired sticker from Morris’ final year at Florida Atlantic University was left on the windshield, but to fit the car’s nickname, a few high-end touches were added to the interior. This includes the quilted, cross-stitched leather seats (just like a real Bentley) and the touchscreen Pioneer audio system. There’s also a plaque under the hood marking this car as the “Alfred Morris Project.”

According to Jalopnik, Morris bought the car back in his college days from his pastor for just $2. We’re not sure how much money Mazda and Mazda’s D.C.-area dealerships put into this restoration, but it was definitely no cheap undertaking. Scroll through the gallery to see before, during and after shots of Morris’ very special 626.

NFL player Alfred Morris receives his thoroughly restored 1991 Mazda 626 originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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