It isn’t often I talk about downsizing when it comes to cars. Between two kids, soccer gear, and now my LuLaRoe business I need a vehicle that has lots of space for all those things to fit in at once. But every once in awhile I think about when downsizing can be a blast, especially in the 2017 Mazda MX-5. I know my daughter gets a smile on her face anytime she sees that I have the MX-5 because she knows that it means a mommy/daughter date. No boys allowed since there is no room!
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is a fun two seater roadster that makes downsizing a blast. The only problem is that I can’t drive it all the time because both kids don’t fit in it for dropping them off at school. So as soon as the kids are safely at school momma switches keys and finds any excuse possible to go for a drive. The manual shift makes it just that more enjoyable and when you have a smaller vehicle you almost crave that control in shifting the gears and whipping around tight spaces. When I pull up to the compact car spaces in garages, I know I will fit.
My biggest complaint about the Mazda MX-5 is the roof. When the top is up and closed the fabric part of the roof lends its way to many blind spots. I mean it is a small vehicle but when most of where you would look out is blacked out then you have to twist and turn to see behind you when pulling out of a spot next to the big Texas size trucks that we have around here. What I would do at times was pop the top down for just long enough to pull out then quickly put the top back up. You can do all that one handed with how easy it is to lower the roof. I did notice more safety and stability bars in the 2017 model than I had before.
There seems to be slightly less room in the trunk than previous year. I think it is just the way things are shaped inside that made it a little harder to get as many groceries and other items in the back. One of the days I had to get some of those backboards for a science project and it wouldn’t fit in the trunk. We had to wedge it in by my daughter’s legs to get it home. Thankfully we don’t live far from Walmart so she wasn’t squished for too long.
In every other way I just love the Mazda MX-5. The sleek styling and how they bring in the outside color of the car inside with some of the detailing. It is a spunky sporty car that you really will find any excuse to drive when you aren’t loaded down with kiddos. Even my husband said that we need to get one to be a weekend car. Even as loaded as the one I had was, it was still under $35K. Not too bad for a sharp looking car. There is no need to spend more on a luxury brand vehicle when you can get the same experience in a lower priced Mazda.
So who is going to give me the money to make this my weekend car? I am all for downsizing when it can be this fun!
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club MT in Soul Red Metallic: MSRP $33,335
- SKYACTIV-G 2.0L 4 cyl engine
- Sport tuned suspension with Bilstein dampers
- Shock tower brace
- Front and rear stabilizer bars
- BOSE® Audio system with nine speakers
- Mazda Connect™ infotainment system
- Color touchscreen display
- 2 USB audio inputs
- Dual exhaust outlets
- Blind spot monitoring system with rear cross traffic alert(need to add camera!)
- Brembo front brakes
- Painted brake calipers
- BBS 17″ forged alloy wheels
- Side sill extensions
- Rear bumper skirt