Here’s Why the 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata Is Uniquely Suited to Colorado Driving

March 17th, 2022 by

From Denver Streets to Mountain Roads, the MX-5 Delivers

Okay, we get it. When you hear “high performance sports car,” you probably don’t immediately envision it on snowy Colorado highways or twisting mountain roads. It’s a common misconception a good “Colorado car” has to be something big, beefy, and optimized for the off-road.

That’s not the case. While drivers who plan to explore the wilder parts of the Rocky Mountains certainly benefit from a designated off-road setup, the reality is: driving around Colorado rewards reliable, compact vehicles with robust handling.

If you haven’t already guessed from the title, reliable and robust are two words that apply perfectly to the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Once again, this probably clashes with the things that typically come to mind when you think of a vehicle like the Miata, but this car is surprisingly good at conquering all of the unique challenges and adventures Colorado has to offer. 

While the new 2022 model year of the MX-5 Miata has all the trappings of a high-end sports vehicle, there are a lot of significant ways in which it breaks free from the expectations (and limitations) of its heritage—ways that also make it awesome for navigating stressful Colorado traffic.

Let’s take a look!

Here’s a Big One: Price

Many drivers refuse to even consider looking at a sports car because they feel it’s automatically going to be out of their price range.

Thankfully, not every sports car is a custom Lamborghini. In fact, the MX-5 Miata is priced more competitively than plenty of entry-level sedans, and that’s before you get into the incredible value offered at its upper trims. One particular highlight is the upgraded shocks in the mid-level Club trim. These ramp up the Miata’s sporty performance even more while minimizing the feedback drivers get from the road.

Colorado Roads Require Good Handling. The Mitata Delivers.

Anyone who’s lived in Colorado for more than a couple of years knows the true measure of a car comes from its ability to clinch tight corners in a mid-May blizzard on a road as chaotic as C-470 while surrounded by out-of-state drivers who share a very abstract understanding of concepts like “lanes.”

The Miata absolutely delivers. Its sports-car engine is expertly shackled to a manual transmission, which ensures every inch of its power is being optimally delivered. Simply put, this is a vehicle with incredible responsive turns that maintains a firm grip with the road. A game changer on twisting mountain roads and crowded Denver highways alike. 

Summers Are Even Better With the Mitata’s Convertible Options

As much as winter dominates a lot of the practical discussions about driving in Colorado, there’s something to be said for Colorado summers too. Namely, they’re awesome to drive in! Between sunny days, warm nights, and generally tame weather, the non-snow times of the year are awesome for adventures—and the MX-5 Miata is uniquely equipped to let you enjoy them.

Who else in Colorado can honestly say that they’re enjoying “convertible weather”? Being the only one is easily worth the price. Don’t worry too much about the snow either: as long as you can reliably park your Miata indoors, the collapsible roof will handle fine when the winter rolls around. 

Of course, there are plenty more reasons why the Mitata isn’t just an awesome Colorado car, but an amazing car in general! If you want to learn why, or to schedule a test drive so you can see for yourself, then visit McDonald Mazda West today!

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