How We Would Configure the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2016 Mazda Mx 5 Miata Build Lead

The configurator for the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is live on Mazda’s website, so you know how we’re spending our day: creating the perfect ND-generation Mazda roadster, of course. Below is a list of our editors’ picks for how we’d spec our own Miatas, choosing between the Sport, Club, and Grand Touring trims, the available upgrade packages, and the six different exterior colors and two interior colors. Rest assured that all of our builds include the standard six-speed manual transmission, and not the optional six-speed automatic that costs $1,480 extra. Check out the 2016 MX-5 Miata configurator here to create your own ND Miata. Senior Editor David Zenlea

2016 Mazda Mx 5 Miata Build DZ

Trim: Sport

Color: Jet Black Mica

Options: None

Price: $25,735

As basic as it comes. Logic is twofold: First, the affordability of the Miata is essential to its appeal to this poor writer. And the Miata, as always, comes with its most important elements included—wind in your hair, smile on your face. Also, air conditioning that works, which my 1993 Miata lacks. Second, there’s a good chance I’d wind up modifying my Miata for track days once the warranty ran out. In that case, I’d want something more aggressive than the Club package’s dampers—the obsessives at Flyin’ Miata are working on some as we speak. I’m sure the Brembos are great, but this car is so light that I wonder if that upgrade is necessary. The only part of the Club that really tempts me is the limited-slip diff. This Miata has a lot of low-end torque (for a Miata), and putting it down properly will be pretty important in slow corners. Daily News Editor Jake Holmes

2016 Mazda Mx 5 Miata Build JH

Trim: Club

Color: Ceramic White/Black Cloth

Options: Brembo/BBS Package ($3,400), Cargo Net ($50), Wheel Locks ($55)

Price: $32,925

My personal 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata has a limited-slip differential and a strut-tower brace, and I’d want those features in a new one. So that means picking the Club trim level. Of the available colors, I really like how the Ceramic White Metallic looks — it’s prettier than the plain white to my eyes. Once I’m committing to the performance-focused Club model and committing to performance, I’d be remiss not to add the Brembo brakes and the accompanying black BBS wheels, which are actually lighter than the standard wheels. I’d pay for the cargo net to keep my belongings from smashing around the trunk when I’m driving enthusiastically, and for the wheel locks so those sweet BBS 17-inchers don’t go missing overnight. Daily News Editor Joey Capparella

2016 Mazda Mx 5 Miata Build JC

Trim: Grand Touring

Color: Blue Reflex Mica/Black Leather

Options: None

Price: $30,885

I would splurge for the top-trim Miata Grand Touring simply because it offers my favorite color for the new car, Blue Reflex Mica. Though it looks dark on the website, this nice blue is much more subtle and attractive in person. My only regret is that you can only get the blue with the Black Leather interior—a blue/tan leather combination would truly make for a perfect Miata in my eyes. Detroit Bureau Chief Todd Lassa

2016 Mazda Mx 5 Miata Build TL

Trim: Club

Color: Meteor Gray Mica/Black cloth

Options: Brembo/BBS Package ($3,400), All-Weather Floor Mats ($90), Cargo Net ($50), Clear Film Front & Rear Paint Protection ($125), Wheel Locks ($55)

Price: $33,140

Like Joey, I want the Blue Reflex Mica paint offered only on the Grand Touring model, but I’m not willing to compromise away the sport suspension package with the Bilstein shocks. The NC PRHT that my wife Donna and I own was offered with the Grand Touring package and sport suspension with Bilsteins, and Mazda is making a mistake by not offering the combo again. While I understand the need to limit content variation on the new Miata, the car comes with other incomprehensible order limitations. For example, the base Sport model is available with a body-colored rear lip spoiler (although the body color choices are the most limited), while the Club only comes with an optional black spoiler, which is why I left it off. So my option list is thus: Gray Mica Club with the Brembo/BBS package (I’d rather not have the side-sill extensions, so I reserve the right to delete this option from my sheet), the clear film paint protection (believe me, this car needs it), all-weather floor mats (the Bridgestone Blizzaks would already be on order – hope there’s a plain steel wheel available for them), the wheels locks and the cargo net. Better yet, I’d wait for the MY17 or MY18 ND Miata, hoping Mazda will extend the choices and the paint colors. Note to Mazda: If BMW can pull off the Yas Marina Blue paint on the M3 and M4, your original NA Miata Marina Blue would work on this car. Don’t make me wait for the mid-cycle refresh.

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