The 2016 Mazda Miata Ethos Explained In One Picture

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There’s a little trick in that picture above, a bit of a fudge with the new Mazda Miata’s GPS that sort of explains the whole ethos of the car.

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Mazda lent Jalopnik a new Miata for the Pebble Beach week and we did our due diligence of driving the living bejeezus out of it. One evening after a long day of shooting car videos, our video guy Mike Roselli and I decided to take the car out for a drive. You know, get some good photos of it as the light faded.

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We had what you might call a spirited drive, and it’s possible that we were so focused on the road ahead of us that we missed our turn back to our house.

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We were maybe a mile down the road past our turnoff when we realized it, and we quickly double checked our GPS to see the new way back.

We could have just turned around, but the Miata recommended we continue on for another five and a half mile detour on some of the most twisty, narrow, fun roads in the country.

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That’s kind of the whole ethos of the car, explained in one GPS miscalculation. Or maybe the Miata is just programmed to take the long way back?

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Photo Credits: Raphael Orlove

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Contact the author at raphael@jalopnik.com.

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Raphael Orlove

the reason why I feel like this is a 2016 miata ethos rather than the ethos of a miata in general is that this is all about GPS. I know that not everyone is in favor of GPS in a car like that, but it’s super nice to go out way way way way way into the middle of nowhere and never really get lost. You don’t have to worry about if you have maps to cover the area and scouting out twisty roads is super easy.