By on September 5, 2014

 

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The current generation Mazda MX-5 is pretty light on tech gizmos – the current car doesn’t even have Bluetooth, let alone navigation or a USB port. But the upcoming ND MX-5 will reverse that, with a generous suite of the latest in technology and safety features.

After getting a closer look at a Japanese-spec prototype, it appears that the new MX-5 will have an Adaptive Front-Lighting System Blind Spot Monitoring a Lane Departure Warning System and even a start-stop system. Whether these make it to America is unknown – I’d wager that start-stop will likely stay in world markets and not make it over here, but we could see the other features on higher end trim levels.

Also on board is a DVD-based navigation system, as well as multiple slots for USB, SD and MicroSD ports. The DVD slot is located behind the armrest, which also holds a storage compartment in lieu of a glovebox.

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104 Comments on “2016 Mazda MX-5 Packing Tons Of Tech...”


  • avatar
    krhodes1

    Just please let there be the option to NOT get all that stupid crap. Lane departure and blind spot warnings in a Miata? Seriously??

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      Was thinking the same thing. Maybe it makes sense in places where your fellow trafficants are driving slammed Keis and minicars. Over here, by the time you’re too goners to notice the F150 in the “blind spot” of your open Miata, you should probably retire from driving.

      • 0 avatar
        thegamper

        I would tend to agree but have become so accustomed to using rearview camera, I recently drove my brother-in-law’s old taurus a while back and forgot how to back up using mirrors and turning my head. I quickly got back on the horse, but it is convenient. I also recently read a story about a girl who backed over her sister who was sunbaithing in her driveway with headphones on and didnt hear the car start. Tragic and could have been prevented with rearview camera. Just sayin, there are some (however unlikely) circumstances where it might actually be useful and even save a life.

        It will probably have cross traffic alert as well, which would be extremely useful in any small car that will someday visit a parking lot and have to back out of a spot while boxed in between pickup trucks.

        • 0 avatar
          TrailerTrash

          back up cameras are going to be mandatory so you might as well get them built-in.
          The one thing I DO love about them is their ability to have a wide look down the parking lot lane. The backing out from parking lot spaces is where the back up cameras work the best.
          Especially when driving these smaller cars and surrounded on all sides by huge SUVs that are filling up all spaces
          AND I have grown really attached to my adaptive headlights. On dark mountain roads the ability to have your lights turn as you do is wonderful around dark corners.

      • 0 avatar
        Prado

        Actually, with the top up, the NC has a pretty bad blind spot. But if you adjusted your mirrors as wide as they go, it covered it pretty well.

    • 0 avatar
      philadlj

      I agree those are rather silly features for such a small car with such good visibility.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Turn it off and forget it exists? There’s clearly no meaningful weight penalty.

    • 0 avatar
      djsyndrome

      If it’s anything like the NC, not only will the base model leave all of this on the factory floor, but one gear of the transmission as well.

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      More importantly, let’s hope there is a way to buy some of the good crap (infotainment stuff) will avoiding the “driver aids”.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        Or better yet, vice versa.

        I want adaptive lights, high beam assist, rain sensing vipers, radar cruise and lane keep assist.

        But aside from bluetooth and a cradle for a smartphone or a Garmin nuvi, I can’t think of any ‘infotainment’ stuff I’d really want.

        And, I really, really hope they leave “climate control” out of this open car….. I want a big fan speed knob, cold/hot mix knob and a where air goes knob.

        Not some weird thermostat madness pretending to have a brain of it’s own. Which requires all manners of futzing around just to get a quick blast of hot air to a suddenly fogged over windshield.

        • 0 avatar
          TrailerTrash

          I agree. “true” sports car talk aside…adaptive lights, high beam assist, rain sensing vipers are in fact wonderful! Anybody who dismisses them has never really experienced them. Once you do…these driving without them become annoying.
          I understand not liking lane departure…that is silly…but the other luxs are just great.

      • 0 avatar
        cpthaddock

        There’s a fundamental pre-requisite for anything involving sound (bluetooth / infotainment) in a Miata /MX-5.

        Noise.

        Living with and being accepting of high noise levels has, until now, been a cost of entry into this world. No amount of funky noise cancelling will be able to make bluetooth or fancy sound systems appreciably usable in these vehicles without Mazda adopting a design objective of addressing the considerable noise levels that come with these cars.

        I tried with my (now former) NC and with hindsight, it was just a waste of time and money. Enjoy the symphony the car generates for you :)

        • 0 avatar
          S2k Chris

          I can’t imagine the noise in the Miata is worse than the noise in my S2000, and my Alpine deck and Polk speakers do just fine with music and the occasional “just left the office honey, need me to pick up dinner? no, okay, I’ll see you in 20” phone call for about $300 invested.

    • 0 avatar
      turboprius

      They should kill off in-car radios. Smartphones can connect to AM/FM radio, display navigation, access Pandora and other musical streaming services, and even answer calls by putting the phone on speaker. The phone could be placed in the slot the radio normally goes in, and this slot could charge the phone, regardless of being iOS or Android.

      Considering my M7 can do the tasks of an infotainment system, they aren’t needed.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Couple things, in your proposal I now have to have/carry a phone plus service on said phone in order to access the radio/cd in my car. I see your overall logic as being an option on the stereo, but I’ve got to call it a fail if it truly replaces the stereo. Next I’d like to point out over four generations of Motorola phones and eight years, the charger changed three times. Who is to say the “smart” phone adapters won’t also change over a similar period necessitating I suppose adapters to work with my car’s radio. From the standpoint as optional, worse case you simply revert to the built in radio/cd etc. However in your proposal, there isn’t one, so must I know upgrade my radio in order to continue using it?

        • 0 avatar

          Nothing easier and more cut and dry than the definite reasonings of youth. Pretty sure once he gets out of high school, drives a car smaller than a Ranger, pays his own bills, stops worrying what others think of him and about the size of women’s Adam’s apple his ideas will be more valid and less definite.

          That’s the only thing I know anyway, the older you get, the more grey you see.

          • 0 avatar
            petezeiss

            Ah, heck, the kid’s alright.

            Where else have you ever seen such articulation, focus and precocious knowledgeability about mainstream industries from a wee one?

            God, if only my wife’s college students could string together as many coherent sentences.

        • 0 avatar
          turboprius

          My main logic with suggesting smartphones and tablets was that you wouldn’t need to worry about using outdated technology. My old phone was a 2GB LG phone with Android 2.3, and going up to my M7 with 4.4.2, 32GB, and a 4.7 inch screen was a huge (yet great) change. In December 2015, I’ll be getting something new, which will have better technology. Have y’all seen how outdated the factory navigation systems in early 2000’s Odysseys look? The upgrading of phones will solve this outdated issue.

          The AM/FM radio was actually a surprise; my dad’s S4 might have it, but of course my Optimus S didn’t. Compromise is, you need to have something plugged into the headphone jack, and the radio doesn’t play Beats Audio (while Pandora and other audio plays in Beats). The charging tables I was suggesting were like the ones they have, I think at Starbucks, that automatically charge the phone.

          I completely agree; the idea needs some time to be thought out, and it’ll be a while before it becomes reality (if it ever becomes so).

      • 0 avatar
        djsyndrome

        Please show me an iPhone with a built in am/fm tuner.

      • 0 avatar
        SC5door

        Until you lose data service.

        I drove to a friends place who lives in rural Indiana. Data service from AT&T and Sprint (one phone is provided and used for work)? None.

        What worked? FM Radio and Sirius-XM.

        • 0 avatar
          turboprius

          I know in “roaming” areas, apps such as Pandora and Instagram don’t work. I don’t listen to the radio enough (because I have Pandora and songs I downloaded onto my phone, and the audio sounds weird when it’s not Beats) to know whether or not it works in areas lacking data. When I try it, I’ll tell you what happened; however, you were lucky. Most of the time, areas that don’t have cell service also have terrible radio signals. (Am I the only one here who has a phone with a built-in AM/FM radio? If so, good job HTC!)

        • 0 avatar
          MBella

          Here in the Seattle area, I loose data service with Sprint by going a bit out of town. I had a AT&T company phone last weekend, and it didn’t have data service in one of the suburbs. I appreciate my radio working.

      • 0 avatar
        scottcom36

        I’ll keep a car radio for the foreseeable future, thanks. You’re always free to yank yours out…

    • 0 avatar
      Fred

      Sure it’s called the competition option and it will cost $2000.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      “Just please let there be the option to NOT get all that stupid crap.”

      Considering that the uber tech packages are only available on the top trims of their other cars, I’m confident you have nothing to worry about.

    • 0 avatar
      natrat

      so stupid, still a car for midgets. Build a car that excludes a good portion of the population, brilliant

      • 0 avatar
        johnny ro

        Mazda makes a seatbelt extender for those of huge girth. It clicks at both ends in and adds a foot or two of circumference. I think I learned this while reading my NB manual covert cover. I mentioned this to my favorite dealer parts guy and we had a good laugh looking it up, back when I bought Tribute windshield nozzles for my NB.

        The truly huge will not fit though.

      • 0 avatar
        VoGo

        Natrat,
        Thanks for brightening up all our days with your wit and insight.

      • 0 avatar
        Noble713

        Japanese people fit in the car just fine. I really doubt the corporate big-wigs devote even two seconds to what the gaijin desire.

      • 0 avatar
        mkirk

        I’m 6 feet tall and I fit in both a first and second gen Miata just fine. I am told the NC is roomier so I doubt this car will reverse the trend. Now if you have a hard time getting your gut in and being able to steer just buy a damn Vette like the rest of em’.

    • 0 avatar
      duffman13

      Now hear me out:

      I have an S2000, and I can’t always drive with the top down. With the top up, the blind spots are particularly huge compared to most cars with actual roofs. Most other convertibles I’ve been in have been the same in this regard. Blind spot monitoring would make these cars significantly safer for most drivers when the top is up, and I would absolutely be willing to option it if it wasn’t more than say $500-$1000 extra.

      Now the camera and lane departure I could live without; the only time I’ve found the camera option to be really useful was backing up a vehicle with a hitch.

      • 0 avatar
        3Deuce27

        I drive my vehicles a lot while sleeping, Lane Departure would be a nice feature as would blind spot, but I don’t want to pay for either or be forced to pay for either.

    • 0 avatar
      Bob

      I agree, I want one with roll up windows and plastic wheel covers.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    From the angle above, the squinty headlights make more sense to me now.

  • avatar
    SlowMyke

    People who use bluetooth in convertibles suck. That’s really all I’ve got. Nothing like throwing a bunch of non-driver oriented nannies into a driver-oriented car.

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      For yapping on the phone at highway speeds, sure, but in traffic it’s not bad AND it’s awesome for streaming audio (the real key).

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        What’s wrong with Symphony in 9000 major, composed by Soichiro Vtec and conducted by a heavy right foot?

        I’d honestly prefer to have NO stereo in my car. That way I don’t have to deal with every yahoo passenger using the darned noisemaking machinery on a constant basis.

        • 0 avatar
          S2k Chris

          “What’s wrong with Symphony in 9000 major, composed by Soichiro Vtec and conducted by a heavy right foot?”

          Nothing when you’re hooning on the backroads. But most of the time I’m in the car, even the sports car, I’m in traffic going 35mph on surface streets. Symphony in 3500 minor is much less compelling. Rhapsody at 4500 in sixth is even more grating.

      • 0 avatar
        SlowMyke

        Ok streaming audio makes a little sense, I didn’t think of that. But the Yahoo’s that switch from music to a phone conversation and don’t adjust the volume are obnoxious. People seem not to realize that voice over speakers cuts through everything and can be heard very clearly through even non convertibles.

      • 0 avatar
        redav

        When there’s a USB, I can’t fathom a reason to ever use bluetooth for audio. Get a tiny thumb drive, plug it in, done. No pairing, no incompatibility, no loss of quality, & you can still use the car’s controls.

        Like touch screens, I’m continually amazed at how people flock to poor solutions.

        • 0 avatar
          scottcom36

          I have a thumb drive in my stereo and use it, since it doesn’t have bluetooth. But the audio player in my phone is much more versatile, sorting by genre especially. The thumb drive is a decent solution at best, for me.

        • 0 avatar
          duffman13

          I have an S2000 with an aftermarket headunit. It has bluetooth and USB – I have yet to use the USB in 2 years. Bluetooth offers me the opportunity to use every music app I might want to (pandora, songza, soundcloud, etc.) while a USB stick I’m limited to the music I bring with me.

          Plus, you can still skip tracks forward/backward and adjust volume via the car’s audio controls, I’m not sure how much other control functionality you need.

  • avatar
    cjarcher

    dvd based navigation? Isn’t solid state the standard now? my Ford uses SD card and has all of North America on one card. I would think optical storage would have slower load times, etc.

    • 0 avatar

      What he said. My 03 330i has a dvd in the trunk, and it was great hoo-ha eleven years ago. Today, my $90 Garmin stomps all over it. My Acura from 08 has a DVD under the driver’s seat. BMW sold that same nav system up until the very last X3-I got a loaner once and laughed that it hadn’t changed at all in 11 years.

      I think positive thoughts of the DVD transport every time I start the car.

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        My TomTom stomps on every factory nav system ever made, and I can use it in an infinite number of cars. And upgrade it tob the latest and greatest for peanuts. There is nothing sadder than an old out of date built in nav system.

    • 0 avatar
      FBS

      I suspect this is incorrect information. The nav system in my 2014 Mazda3 is SD-card based and I can’t fathom why Mazda would change that for the Miata. All the infotainment stuff looks identical to what’s in my car.

    • 0 avatar

      They still use DVD Navi in JDM. Don’t worry your head about that, it’ll be a normal in-car navigation by the time MX-5 reaches America. They’ll add a radio, too.

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      Well…I gotta let a secret out. DVD allows you to go down to your local software/accessory installer and have the software fixed so you can watch movies while driving down 600 miles of Nebraska/Kansas/Oklahoma highway.
      OK…not needed on THIS car, but trust me. On my MKS and cruising for 17 hours…having something to glance at other than the wife is really a time and miles killer.
      Just sayin…

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    Oh goodie, a start-stop system.

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    The headline on this article’s a misnomer – the Miata is already loaded with technology.

    The technologies of refined metals, welding, glassmaking, rubber tires, molded synthetic composites, controlled electromagnetism, paint chemistry, leather working, woven fabrics, sewing, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, wireless radio communications, ergonomics… shall I go on?

    It’s a personal pet peeve of mine, but using the word “technology” to describe only computer technology is like using the word “drinking” to describe only the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

    I once told a cop I’d been drinking all day – iced tea, water, Coke, coffee, orange juice. I got started as soon as I got out of bed, in fact.

    • 0 avatar

      +1

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      Please don’t give them any more clever ideas for revenue raising…..

    • 0 avatar
      Vipul Singh

      Finally, someone who thinks like me on the subject. God knows how many people i have told this before. The real technology companies are typically the ones behind the scenes and jnto b2b dealings. I would think of (say) Applied Materials as a tech company instead of Apple

      Out here in India, there is a tendency in the media to refer to IT services firms as tech companies or tech stocks. Makes me cringe everytime.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      Everything is tech. And since everything is tech, using “tech” to refer to that (everything) makes “tech” meaningless.

      It has become convention that “tech” therefore means computers, software, & electronics. Throwing a hissy fit that the convention doesn’t match your meaning doesn’t accomplish anything.

  • avatar

    Hey Derek! Why would the start-stop not make it to the US? Just curious.

    As to all the doo-dads, that’s what people want. By now, most of those systems are cheap enough and not intrusive enough (turn them off) so they won’t distract from the driving. So win for Mazda that appeals to more people and more people will get to drive a car that is genuinely good to drive.

    Seems good to me!

  • avatar
    wmba

    Tons of tech? Like fully machined combustion chambers, 4,2,1 exhausts?

    Oh, you mean electronic doo-dads. What a let down. There’s almost exactly nobody interested in doo-dads for cars except for the people lurking in product planning cubicles, because what’s offered is generally half-baked rubbish at extortionate prices.

  • avatar
    SimRacingDan

    Actually, the grand touring trim of the current Miata does have bluetooth.

  • avatar
    tjh8402

    Maybe Mazda is chasing a good safety rating? They’ve been basking in the glow of the 3, 6, and CX-5 all being IIHS top safety picks, and don’t you have to offer some of the active safety features to garner that top rating from IIHS? Yes it may only apply to top trim fully loaded models, but it might help Mazda alleviate the concerns of safety minded consumers who look at cars like the Miata as unsafe. Also, with the death of the 5 and what I assume to be an impending demise/redesign for the CX-9 and the 2 and Mazda has the potential to claim every car they sell is an IIHS top safety pick. IDK how much stock and marketing Mazda wants to put into branding themselves as a safety leader, but their small lineup puts them into an advantageous position in terms of being a 100% top safety pick carmaker. Throw that in with an improved skyactive mpg rating, and Mazda can start running ads touting the Miata as a “no compromises” sports car. These things may not speak much to enthusiasts, but if the Miata is to continue, Mazda needs to find new buyers for the car.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    Hooo boy, DVD based Navigation straight out of 1998. Maybe Mazda should’ve used one of those SD card slots for the map software. Seriously how is Mazda tech still this bad?

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Wait, wait, wait… I haven’t really been following this launch (although this is a car I admire, I just already have a convertible). Has the weight been announced? Is Mazda following the “add lightness” philosophy they have espoused?

    • 0 avatar

      2280 lbs

    • 0 avatar
      This Is Dawg

      From the announcement article yesterday:

      “[…]the roadster distributes its 2280 pounds of weight — 200 pounds lighter than the current MX-5 — 50:50 between the front and rear. Under the bonnet, a Skyactiv-G direct-injection gasoline engine sends its power to the back through either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

      Part of the weight reduction comes from the use of aluminum forward of the A-pillar as well as the rear bumper reinforcements. Lighter suspension components and soft-top materials contribute to Mazda’s so-called “gram strategy,”

  • avatar
    racer-esq.

    DVD navigation? If I have it parked will it be able to play laser disks on the center console screen?

  • avatar
    tjh8402

    I don’t understand people getting all caught up in the sat nav in the car. Even if my car had sat nav, I would never use it. Why bother when I have a fantastic system on both my phone and tablet?

    • 0 avatar
      RazorTM

      Well, in comparison to my iPhone and Dell Venue 8 tablet, my car’s navigation system is integrated into the car’s touch screen display AND the display in the gauge cluster, can be controlled through the controls on my steering wheel, never needs to be recharged, has more options regarding the display of the map and information, is always available when I forget to bring my phone with me, and many more advantages.

  • avatar
    nutbags

    Please keep it simple!!!! I like the new look and I am not a fan of new cars. I hope they can and will keep the price reasonable. I am in the middle of a midlife crisis and this would look great in my garage with out killing the bank account.

    • 0 avatar
      This Is Dawg

      The Mazda website shows NC Miatas ranging from 24k to 30k. I’d assume you could get a much cheaper ND than the top of the line tech’d out one. I got my base 2014 6 for 9 grand less than the top trimmed one.

  • avatar
    jdash1972

    If you’re trying to connect to the blue tooth in your convertible sports car, you’re doing it wrong.

  • avatar
    rockets

    Speaking of (engine) technology, any word on U.S. powertrain specs?

  • avatar
    turf3

    1) Hooray and thank you thank you thank you to the poster above who pointed out that “technology” is not a synonym for computer-weenie, planned-obsolescence electronic doodaderie that inevitably breaks a couple years down the line and costs more to fix than the car is worth, thus permanently degrading its value and appeal to you and any prospective buyer. Anyone here remember the lost-foam investment cast cylinder head in the old Saturns? That’s technology, too.

    2) Can we PULEEEEZE ever get cars without all the BS? Navigation system in a small sports car? Backup cameras? Adaptive cruise control (also known as “when the driver drops dead there will be a 70 mph missile on the road”)? For navigation I use my PGS… a “Paper Geography System”… also known as a MAP. Just learn how to read a freakin’ map, for cryin’ out loud. Look up where you want to go, write it down on a slip of paper, and get moving.

    I want to keep the electronics where they do me and the world some good. Like the engine controls that let us go 100k between spark plug replacements, and have rendered an entire generation unable to comprehend the idea of setting point gap every 10k. Those are WONDERFUL electronics. But leave the unnecessary doohickeys off, please. OK for the Mommy-mobiles, not for the last remaining real sports car in the world that people who work for a living can actually afford to buy and run.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I think there is a difference between true automotive technology as you describe and the unnecessary short self life electronic doodaderie a potential owner may not want or want to have to pay for in order to get something they do desire (ie must get nav to get moonroof). I completely agree with your post I just wanted to clarify this to the tech obsessed folks.

    • 0 avatar
      OneAlpha

      You’re welcome.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      Beginning in 2017 or 2018, no, you can’t buy a car without backup camera because it’ll be mandated by law. For adaptive cruise, lane departure, etc., since those things are only available on the top trims of their other cars, there’s absolutely no reason to think you’d be forced to have them on the new Miata–just don’t select that tech package.

    • 0 avatar

      I agree with most of what you say, but at least in the Boston area, having a GPS is amazingly helpful. The reasons: the signage here is really lousy, and the roads meander all over the place.

      I have had lots of maps since I moved to DC in ’76, where I got around the area by bicycle. I still have maps for the entire Boston-Washington corridor. But I began to have a lot of trouble finding my way to new places after I moved back to the Boston area in ’99. Having a GPS has been a major improvement in quality of life.

  • avatar
    1981.911.SC

    How many RPM at 70 MPH? My 1999 is darn near 4000 RPM.
    It would be nice to cruise at 2500 to 3000 RPM.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    Paper maps don’t work so great in an open top sports car at highway speeds. I know that’s how they did it in the old days, but in the old days you couldn’t see JLaw’s tatas on your iPad in the crapper, either, so the old days weren’t so great.

    • 0 avatar
      SC5door

      People also had a sense of direction, and knew when to pull off the road and plan their route when looking at the map.

      Today? People want to make changes to the sat nav while doing 80 MPH, and look at Facebook.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    While a rear-view camera seems superfluous in a car like the MX-5, it’s there because U.S. law will require their being phased in between 2016 and 2018. Because we can’t expect our drivers to, you know, actually watch where they’re going. But I’m with those who think all of the gadgetry, outside of a decent AM-FM-satellite radio, should be absent from such a car… and many others.

    • 0 avatar
      MBella

      I don’t see why so many of you are against a backup camera in this car. A soft top roadster has pretty bad visibility when the top is up. It’s not like someone is forcing you to stare at the screen.

    • 0 avatar
      RazorTM

      Having a rear view camera helps you peek around other vehicles as you back out of a spot and it helps you back up as close as possible to a high curb or a wall without hitting it and without getting out of the car to check or having your passenger act as a ground guide. The rear view camera is an indispensable tool on any vehicle.

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    I’m all for backup cameras. In fact, I will be adding one to the Kenwood in my Altima before I hand it down to the stepdaughter. My first and only experience with that tech was in the Juke, and I never realized how awesome it was until I experienced it first hand. It’s way cheaper than a replacement bumper.

    Add a backup camera and a $2 blind spot bubble from Autozone on each side mirror, and you’ve got great visibility in almost any situation.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    No, as someone who is a huge proponent of tech, no, the Miata should have nothing in it. Adaptive lighting, start-stop, FFS? With regards to navigation even though I have it in my car, I always carry a cheap backup handheld unit and to be honest 90% of the time unless it is a long trip, it is a 100 times faster to just bark into my phone using Google maps and find where I need to go. Was just discussing that with my brother today that all car navigation should basically be using Google at this point, it just works and works better and faster.

    As someone who loves backup cameras, I have to say, if you can’t backup a 3 ft long car without the aid of a camera, you should off yourself.

  • avatar
    superchan7

    These days, tech is cheap, light and easy. All you need is a Bluetooth-compatible infotainment module and a climate control module. The mass and cost penalty of adding basic infotainment to a sports car is not really huge; it was inevitable that the latest cabin UIs made their way into the MX-5.

    “Tech” and “quality” have now reversed roles in cars. It’s easy to throw infotainment in, but hard to make a well-designed interior with good materials and pleasing shapes. A car with a ton of “tech features” but a crappy interior is just a lazy product–see any Scion interior.

    As far as the MX-5 is concerned, turn the @$^% off and enjoy the drive.

    Disclaimer: The cutting-edge luxury stuff (radar cruise control, blind-spot/lane-keeping/parallel-parking assists) does add a lot of weight and should be left out of sports cars.


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