When was the last time you took a ride in a convertible? I think it has been probably 18 years for me. We had a Geo Tracker (remember those) back when we were first married and it was a rag top. I mean, I guess that falls under the convertible car niche. But, we learned that babies don’t do well with all that air so had to trade it in. This past week though? We ALL enjoyed having a 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata to let our hair blow in the wind a little… two at a time at least.
2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Do you remember when the Miata first came out? I do. One of our friends got one and it was the sweetest ride in town. That was 25 years ago. The 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the 25th Anniversary Edition.
And it is still one of the sharpest convertibles on the block. The Mazda engineers put a lot of thought into this refresh:
- The highly responsive, electronically controlled throttle and available steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters offer superior control, turning anticipation into exhilaration.
- Uses Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and an Anti-lock Braking System to help prevent wheelspin and loss of traction during hard braking, acceleration and cornering.
- Available Bluetooth® hands-free system with voice command, making and receiving calls is as easy as pushing a button on the steering wheel and saying hello.
- Bose® Surround Sound with AudioPilot® ambient noise compensation delivers crisp, immersive sound and includes speed-sensing volume control plus SiriusXM Satellite Radio compatibility.
- Engineered to thrill and crafted to spoil, including available leather-trimmed heated bucket seats and automatic climate control.
The MX-5 Miata is fun to drive, handles well, comfortable to ride in, and has quite the get-up-and-go.
The flexibility to go between an automatic driving experience to using paddle-shifters adds to the element of fabulous associated with this convertible.
6 Convertible Car Essentials
We also learned a thing or two about what convertible car essentials you need when riding with the top down:
- Sunglasses: With wind whipping through the car, there is no telling what else is flying through the air. Dust, debris, liquids… protect your eyes! Not to mention, with mo overhead top, your eyes will need shielding from the sun.
- Hat: No sunglasses? Or just need added protection? A hat with a visor works well too. Plus, for those with short hair like myself, a hat is just what you need for keeping your hair under control.
- Sunblock: Again, with no overhead protection, the sun will be beating down on you inside the convertible. Protect your skin with a layer of sunblock. With the breeze, you may not even notice you are burning so better to be proactive.
- Water: It can get warm at stoplights or sitting in traffic, so a cold bottle of water is perfect for keeping you hydrated.
- Ponytailer: If you don’t want to wear a hat, or if your hair is long, you may want to keep it secured with a ponytailer. This keeps it from whipping you in the eyes/face… as well as helps you detangle later.
- Jacket/Blanket: Once that sun goes down, you experience the evening cool down. Whereas some may enjoy the change in temps, if you tend to get cold easy (like I do), a light jacket or blanket in the trunk will let you enjoy the ride under the stars in comfort.