A turn of the key demonstrates a noticeable reduction in vibration over the previous-generation Miata. Where the old car would buzz and shudder at idle, the MX-5 hums as serenely...
... as a happy humming bird. The 2.0-liter pulls strongly and keeps right on giving well past the 55-mph mark. Once in motion, the MX-5 rolls comfortably over smooth pavement and takes dips and bumps with few theatrics.
The MX-5's 50/50 front/rear weight balance allows the car to perform seemingly impossible maneuvers that would be more difficult if the car had more of its weight biased to either end. We later learned that at speeds in excess of 35 miles per hour, the MX-5's windshield creates an air curtain above the driver's and passenger's heads, effectively escorting nature's little water bombs to the rear of the car.