Day 3: Over 10 hours driving from Malibu to San Luis Obispo, CA
While there is an embargo on driving impressions for all of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miatas driven over the past few days, you can imagine what hundreds of miles in a small sports car might feel like. Especially one as small as the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata. It is the smallest vehicle in its class, and it’s one of the smallest cars (in overall size) you can buy in this country. Hell, it’s smaller and lighter than nearly every Miata that’s been built to date.
While the Mazda MX-5 Miata never sold in large numbers, it is the best selling sports car in its class and, with over a million Miatas built, it is one of the most popular one on the road. You could go so far as to say, it’s nearly in a league of its own given the lack of two-passenger, convertible sports cars that start below $30,000.
By the way: the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF (hardtop convertible) starts at $32,345 MSRP.
Mazda wanted us to choose our own route heading to San Luis Obispo. We simply had to be at the hotel by 7:00 p.m. Opting to get an early start and planning a route that would exploit the Miata’s strengths and weaknesses, we departed Malibu at 8:00 AM.
This was a day to shoot video, drive long distances at high speed and carve canyons.
We took the coastal route north until we connected to California State Route 33, heading past Ojai, towards Maricopa. This is a dry, hilly drive that (in our case) covered about 100 miles round trip. It’s a challenging road filled with a variety of twists and turns while heading into the desert. We opted for this road given its difficulty and light traffic.
Once we completed our shooting, we headed back to the coastal route and drove to Solvang and Buellton, CA. Once there, we visited Pea Soup Andersen’s for lunch. An hour later, we were back on the highway heading to the coast for more filming. When all was said and done, we finally made it to our hotel by 6:30 PM – fully convinced that we tested the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata thoroughly.
On to new adventures: Heading to Portland, Maine for the Challenger Hellcat Redeye
To say I’m excited would be an understatement.
A full review of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be posted on August 13th. Stay tuned for that and check out this fun video, which is a bit of a preview of things to come!