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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Weight & Chassis

SKYACTIV Technology is not just a catchphrase; it is a total-effort philosophy to reduce weight and improve efficiency. A byproduct of that is greater handling capabilities and chassis dynamics, providing the driver with a more connected, enjoyable experience.

All of Mazda’s sixth-generation vehicles have employed the “Gram Strategy,” which drives Mazda engineers to seek the tiniest improvements in every possible area of the car – a shave here, a redesign there, a complete rethink somewhere else. As part of that thought process, engineers implemented more high-tensile steel in the vehicle’s structure to improve safety, all while reducing weight. At 2,332 lbs. (2,381 lbs. with six-speed automatic transmission), the 2016 MX-5 is approximately 150 lbs. lighter than the third-generation MX-5 and only 182 lbs. heavier than the original 1990 model, which is incredible when you consider the technology and safety features of the new car versus the original.

Related: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Specs & Overview

But weight reduction is only half of the story. That, along with Mazda’s torque-rich SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine and standard SKACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, allows MX-5 to achieve a staggering 25-percent greater fuel-efficiency than six-speed manual-equipped previous-generation models. Put it another way: At an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city, MX-5’s estimated city mpg is nearly the same as the previous generation’s highway figure. Six-speed automatic models are EPA-rated at 27 mpg city/36 mpg highway.

The SKYACTIV-G engine powering MX-5 produces 155 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 148 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 RPM and it sits lower and farther back in the engine bay for a lower center of gravity and quicker handling response.

Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.

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