QOTD: What Should the Next Mazda MX-5 Miata Be?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

qotd what should the next mazda mx 5 miata be

Matt reported earlier today that Mazda is intent on keeping the Miata around basically forever. But it's unclear what it has in mind for the car in the future.

So, I ask of you -- what should the Miata be going forward? Should it remain an internal-combustion lightweight sports car, as long as internal-combustion engines exist? Should it go EV, hybrid, or PHEV? Maybe it could be completely reimagined? Heck, maybe it can go rotary?

Personally, I am hoping it stays as close to what it is now, but I can understand if it gets electrified in some way, especially if they can keep the weight down.

What about you, B&B?

Sound off below.

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  • GTG GTG on Feb 01, 2023

    Here is my hope. Platforms are expensive to develop. The current one was jointly developed with Fiat. Do a refresh or restyle on the current platform and change the drivetrain to an IMA hybrid system like the original 1800 pound manual transmission Honda Insight. Make the motor a Skyactive X for extra efficiency and you might be looking at a manual transmission sports car where the electrification stays hidden in the background and the car is turning in 60 miles per gallon.

  • Sayahh Sayahh on Feb 07, 2023

    Story idea or car design competition: design a compact sedan, a midsize sedan, coupe and/or wagon specifically for people 6'4" through 7'2". Not an SUV nor a crossover nor a raised chassis like the US Toyota Crown or Subaru Outback.

  • Joe blow Joe blow on Feb 09, 2023

    Miata NE:

    • 250hp 2.5L NA version of its newly introduced inline 6
    • Restyled with vintage roadster bits....a little bit of chrome couldn't hurt
    • Enough with the 50 shades of gray. Let's get some color up in here!
    • Accept the fact that body roll is not in fashion
    • Simplify, simplify, simplify......would it kill them to offer real buttons for the radio and without that mini-me tablet stuck to the dashboard?

    Do all that and I'll bring wheelbarrows full of cash.

  • Timothy Timothy on Feb 11, 2023

    Make a 2.0L D.I. Turbo "Mazdaspeed" Trim, a 1.5L For the "Sport" Trim, and Carryover the 2.0L D.I. For The Grand Touring. Find a Way To Lose Another 75-100lbs On All The Models...