» Business + Pleasure in the 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5

Special thanks to Mazda USA for allowing us to test drive the 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring. As always, these opinions are my own.

This was my first trip to Orlando that didn’t involve plans to visit a certain mouse. And I have to say… that made me a little bit sad. BUT, going there to represent One Orphan at Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) Summit was definitely the next best thing (btw: Thanks Carlos Whittaker for representing Nashville well!). I did take some time to visit Universal’s City Walk and Disney Springs. And oh my goodness! Did y’all realize that Downtown Disney has morphed into Disney Springs? It’s huge! Tons of restaurants, shops and free entertainment. We enjoyed an authentic Cuban dinner at Bongos and strolled around for a couple of hours. Definitely a great way to enjoy an evening without heading to a park.

2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring

This was definitely the perfect Orlando car. My co-worker Johnna joined me as I zipped around town and we both felt pretty fancy. It’s just a FUN car. Quick pick up, very responsive… and obviously, a convertible. The feature we enjoyed the most. The car also looks slick, so we turned lots of heads. Or maybe that was Johnna… she’s cute and single.



Things we loved:

Style – The photos say it all. The exterior and design is great and will definitely turn heads. And it’s kind of adorable too. Like a mini luxury item that tucks neatly beside other cars. We could park almost anywhere, no space was too small. Even with it’s small interior, the design is creative to still allow cup holders and a glove box.


Zip – As expected, this car can go. The Orlando streets can be a little busy at times but this car didn’t have any problems. In addition, Sport mode came in handy when we needed that extra get up and go.

Safety – I was honestly a bit nervous at first. The Miata is very small compared to my normal mini-van. But I was quickly as ease after realizing there were blind spot alarms. This really helped with the limited visibility when changing lanes.



The Miata was FUN. Especially for this momma who is used to being a taxi rather than a stylish gal out on the town. It was easy to handle, fast and good-looking. What more could we have asked for? I will say, I’m glad I packed light. There is only room for two carry-on size suitcases in the trunk. And literally nothing else, unless you stick it in your lap. But the Miata is all about zipping around and having a blast… not carrying capacity. For those with long commutes, this little car could bring lots of joy with the top down, especially with the 36 hwy EPA est. mpg.

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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