I had mixed feelings about receiving the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata, on one hand; I knew that it was a really cool car and we would love driving it, on the other hand, we are a family of 3 and not everyone would get to experience it at the same time.

However, when the Miata Club finally arrived, my initial thoughts were Whoa! This week is going to be epic! Since it is a roadster we didn’t necessarily have a family trip or destination planned but it was certainly a great way to turn what would have been an ordinary week to an extraordinary week.

I kid you not, every time I got behind the wheel of the MX-5 it felt reminiscent of what I would imagine James Bond to feel traveling through the Swiss Alps on the set of Goldfinger in the DB-5.

Yes, it was that awesome and when you take the top down it becomes even more exhilarating and exciting to drive.

The MX-5 is definitely a thrilling ride and each day I found myself looking forward to going out in the evening and particularly at night with the top down to experience the Miata’s performance and handling.

The sport-tuned suspension was a little stiff but it handled each bump like a champ and felt like how I would expect a sporty two-seater roadster to feel.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is offered in three levels: Sport, Club and Grand Touring with starting MSRP price of $24,915.00. The price of the vehicle we tested was: $28,000.00.

What’s great:
Fun to drive
Great handling and acceleration
Easy folding soft-top

What’s not so great:
Cabin can be a little loud inside on the highway
No rear-view camera
Reduced headroom when the top is down

Here are some other notable features below.

• 155-hp, SKYACTIV®-G2 2.0L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder with VVT
• 6-speed manual transmission
• EPA-estimated mileage city/hwy (mpg)3: 26/33
• 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels with Dark Gunmetal finish
• LED headlights
• LED Daytime Running Lights
• Black cloth convertible top with glass rear window
• Black cloth-trimmed sport seats with red accent stitching
• MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System
• BOSE® Audio System with 9 Speakers, including headrest speakers

In conclusion, we had a great time with the Mazda MX-5 Miata Club, the wife and I took turns taking our 4yr old out for drives and errands, we are pretty sure he felt a little bit like a secret agent too.

Would we recommend it? Absolutely especially if you are in the market for a fun to drive, sporty convertible roadster for under 30k.