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What I think: The new Mazda MX-5 looks like a sleepy Pokemon character

I adore (note the present tense) the original Miata. The pop-up headlights are one of my favourite features.

1992 Mazda Miata - photo courtesy Miata.net

I really liked the second- and third-generation models, too, but I missed those hide-away headlights.

2005 Mazda Miata

Mazda MX-5, third generation

Here’s my review of the one I drove in 2012. That was a pretty enjoyable week.

Mazda’s designers missed an opportunity to lead a renaissance of pop-up headlights. Incorporating them into the new 2016 MX-5’s design would have resulted in a better-looking car.

2016 Mazda MX-5

To be fair, I like the going-away view quite a bit, even if it does ape the Jaguar F-Type in a pretty big way.

2016 Mazda MX-5

I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun to drive, but all I can think of, looking at the front of it, is how much I still miss the original Miata’s pop-up headlights. As it is, the best I can say about the front of the 2016 MX-5 is that it looks like a sleepy Pokemon character.

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Posted by on September 3, 2014 in Mazda, What I Think

 

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What I think: 2013 Mazda CX-5 GX

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Mazda’s newest crossover is the CX-5, a good-looking number that also boasts the best of Mazda’s fuel-saving SkyActiv technology. I took a brief drive in a version that not many auto writers have had a chance to test: the basic GX trim, with a manual transmission, to boot! Click here to check out my Autos.ca review.

 

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What I think: 2012 Mazda MX-5

If ever there was a car that could help you remember why you like driving, the Mazda MX-5 is it. Read my Autos.ca Test Drive here.

 

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What I think: Buying a used MazdaSpeed6

Photo by Greg Wilson, Autos.ca

The MazdaSpeed6, sold in 2006 and 2007, was a rarity in being a high-performance car based on a garden-variety family sedan, the Mazda6. With a turbocharged motor, all-wheel drive and the only transmission being a six-speed manual, this monster had all the right ingredients for four-door fun. The shame of it, is that it wasn’t built to withstand the rigours of being driven the way it was designed to be. Click here to read my Autos.ca used review of the MazdaSpeed6.

 

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