The new MX-5 has actually slimmed down a bit from the previous, has a shorter wheelbase and is nearly a half-inch lower.
Cabin space is better conceived and allotted than before, the sills are slightly higher, and the seats are lower by nearly an inch.
The hood is more than an inch lower because the engine half an inch farther back and a lower-profile oil pan that brings the engine down.
It has 129 horsepower at 7000 rpm and 111 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm, the 1.5-liter builds power steadily and never emits a coarse tone.
The 1.5-liter cars we drove in Spain were equipped with 16-inch wheels wearing 195/50R-16 Yokohama Advan Sport V105 tires and don’t squeal.
Mazda engineers purposely built a bit of initial compliance into the suspension to give the driver an awareness of load transfer during cornering.