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

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

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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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • 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...

  • Namesakeone Namesakeone on Jun 11, 2023

    How about a small two-seat RWD roadster, inspired by classic British roadsters, with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder and the slickest manual shifter and the easiest convertible top ever...oh, wait.