The Mazda MX-5 Miata is Built for the Bay Area - San Leandro Mazda

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata is Built for the Bay Area

Despite the fact that the Mazda brand is now better recognized for its diverse line of premium SUV’s, for many of us, the name “Mazda” is still synonymous with the Miata, now known as the MX-5 Miata. Fortunately, Mazda hasn’t forgotten its bond with the Miata and has continued to passionately improve upon this pure, 2-seater sports car.

Miata — Made for the Bay

Clearly, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is driven all around the world and those who own the car are equally devoted to the design. But we happen to think the San Francisco Bay Area is a particularly nice place to be a Mazda Miata fan.

Let us explain.

Consider first the range of breathtaking scenery not only within the Bay Area, but within easy driving distance. Northern California has the wine country, Lake Tahoe, the foothills, redwood forests, and of course, the epic Pacific coastline and Highway 1, to name just a few. Sure, you can enjoy this scenery from any vehicle, but for those of us who truly like to feel the road and experience the surroundings, it’s hard to beat the open-air rush of a true sports car. There’s a certain freedom when touring in an MX-5 Miata. It’s a more intimate driving experience that seems to connect driver to car to road. (We’ll explain why that is a bit later).

Additionally, the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California enjoy a wonderful climate if you’re a sports car enthusiast. We enjoy a long driving season that is rarely oppressively hot and muggy, and when we don’t like the weather where we are, a short drive will often put us in the type of weather and surroundings that suits our mood. Too hot in Contra Costa or the Central Valley? Drop the soft top or retract the hardtop and head to the coast for some cool ocean breeze and a lunch along the way. A bit foggy and chilly in the East Bay? Tour the wine country or head to Carmel, depending upon where the weather best meets your needs.

Even if you’re not leaving town, but want to spend a night on the town, the MX-5 Miata adds sizzle to your plans. Two seats are all you need for an evening with someone special, and zipping into valet parking at the show or your favorite restaurant is just a bit more special in a sports car.

But, of course, most of our driving time is spent in and around the city, heading to work or running errands, not leisurely touring the state or enjoying the nightlife. Again, give us a sports car. Simply put, the Mazda MX-5 Miata makes everyday driving a pleasure. Nimble and fun to drive on any road, the Miata is also easy to maneuver and park in our sometimes congested Bay Area communities. We like to say, “it takes the Mundane out of Mondays”, and puts our head in a different space for the workweek ahead.

Oh, and did we mention an EPA estimated 35 MPG on the highway?

The Sports Car Driving Experience

Mazda didn’t just create a smaller, lower, racier looking car; it has created a true sports car. The driving experience is absolutely NOT a scaled-down version of a car.

It begins with Mazda’s obsession on keeping an outstanding power-to-weight ratio. Mazda engineers and designers follow the “gram strategy”, which means they literally scrutinize every component to ensure that it must enhance the driving equation if it is going to add even a gram of weight. The result is a lightweight, well-balanced sports car that needs less engine to deliver an exhilarating ride.

All Miatas are rear-wheel drive and sport the Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter engine. That power source is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission in almost all models, although the Grand Touring edition has an optional quick-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters. Mazda’s commitment to manual transmissions — and high-performance automatic transmissions — is evidence of its commitment to the concept of a sports car; they are not simply trying to offer the driving public a vehicle that looks like a sports car.

The Miata suspension is also engineered for performance driving and enhancing the connection between driver-car-road. Mazda even takes into account that Miata drivers will often be traveling on winding country roads that aren’t repaved as frequently as freeways, so the MX-5 is designed to suck-up bumps and cracks. Mazda has also improved the handling of the Miata with the introduction of the Kinematic Posture Control (KPC), which enhances performance in high-g cornering. Specifically, KPC applies a very slight brake to the inner rear wheel during high-g turns, which pulls down that corner, suppressing body roll, and providing a more responsive steering experience.

A Miata for Everyone

Between the roadster (soft top convertible) and RF (retractable hardtop) variations, the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata is available in four basic trim levels:

  • MX-5 Miata Sport
  • MX-5 Miata Club
  • MX-5 Miata Club with Brembo BBS Recaro package
  • MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

Find Your MX-5 Miata at San Leandro Mazda

We invite you to visit San Leandro Mazda and speak with us about the differences between each of this trim levels and which might best suit your driving style and wants. We currently have both the roadster and RF versions in stock, but these are always subject to prior sale.

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