2013 Mazda Miata Club PRHT 6MT

2013 Miata Club: Mid-winter musings

Few on-road antics are as satisfying as passing endless struggling crossovers and SUVs in the snow in your dimunitive rear-wheel-drive Mazda Miata.

This winter has been mostly snow-free here in Connecticut. A recent 4” snowfall marked the most we’ve gotten thus far. But even in the cases of street-coating dustings, the Miata shines.

2013 Mazda Miata Club PRHT 6MT

It’s true: the dynamics that make the MX-5 great in the dry make it great in the winter. Be it cold rain, snow, slush, or even dry, cold pavement, the Miata eats it up.

As a winter daily driver the Miata does just fine. Kudos go largely to a set of proper snow tires. But the car also just works, nearly as well in the cold as it does in the warm. The cabin heats up quickly. Its size means very little time spent clearing it of snow and/or ice. Dodging potholes is, for the first time in my life, even slightly fun.

2013 Mazda Miata Club PRHT 6MT

And then there’s the convertible factor. On an unseasonably warm Saturday, temperatures crested sixty-five degrees. Sunglasses on; roof down. A reprieve from the sub-freezing temperatures. It brightened up both my wife’s and my own weekend. It was positively delightful.

2013 Mazda Miata Club PRHT 6MT / Michelin X-Ice Xi3

The next weekend it snowed. Though not a heavy snowfall by any means it was far and away the most we had seen all season. This wasn’t about to put a damper on our regular Saturday errands. Thanks to the Michelin X-Ice Xi3s and more cautious than usual driving we had zero issues whatsoever. The Miata performed flawlessly. And, of course, it provided a massive streak of smile-and-laugh inducing fun when the time was right. Traction control off, it was a perfect sliding companion. Crank the wheel, stab the throttle, let the back end hand out. Perfectly controllable winter hooning.

2013 Mazda Miata Club PRHT 6MT

Then the next day, amidst the gorgeous scenery that is the season‘s first snow, the temperature was hovering right around forty degrees. The storm’s wind had subsided and the sun was out. An opportunity to take in some of the clear skies and shining sun: We dropped the roof, rolled up the windows and cranked the heat. Another installment of Miata greatness presented itself as onlookers thought us completely insane. But we were fully warm and enjoying ourselves thoroughly.

2013 Mazda Miata Club PRHT 6MT

It comes as no surprise that a good sports car makes for a good winter car. The Miata is a great sports car and makes for a great winter car. It’s proving as enjoyable of a daily for this time of year as any other vehicle I’ve owned. Snow or shine, and sometimes both inside twenty-four hours, driving the Miata still brings a smile to my face. And for that I love it even more.

2013 Mazda Miata Club PRHT 6MT

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The maximum upload file size: 64 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop files here

6 responses to “2013 Miata Club: Mid-winter musings”

  1. crank_case Avatar

    There is no better feeling than overtaking a timidly driven Subaru in an MR2 spider with the roof down in the snow, mildly sideways… allegedly.

    1. I_Borgward Avatar

      Going up a hill, passing snowstorm-abandoned Subarus in a TR7.

      My old ’85 MR2 was a fine snow car, as long as it didn’t get too deep. All fun and games until you high-center yourself on a pile.

  2. Zentropy Avatar

    I wonder how much the Miata’s relatively modest power contributes to that winning formula? I’ve never heard convertible Mustang GT or Camaro SS owners opining about their car’s excellent winter driving characteristics– more typically, they describe such outings as white-knuckle affairs.

    The worst winter car I’ve ever owned– hands down– was my ’99 Contour SVT. Granted, I never invested in dedicated winter tires (we lived in NC), but it was terrible even in the rain, with a tendency to hydroplane. Couple its lousy wet traction with the fact that it was my first FWD vehicle after over a decade of ingrained RWD habits, and the combination wasn’t a good one. I recall one evening after work I met up with my then-girlfriend-now-wife at a theater that sat in a low area with only ascending exits. During the movie, one or two unexpected inches of snow fell, and afterwards after multiple attempts, I couldn’t get the car out of the lot.

    This was also the only car I’ve ever wrecked. When rain changed to freezing rain while climbing a steep interstate grade, the wind from a tractor trailer destabilized the car and sent me into a spin, off the road into an embankment. The ground effects were trashed, but once I got the mud dug out of the brakes, I was able to drive the next 2 hours to work. I don’t miss the Contour at all.

    We, too have had very little of the white stuff this season, but the BFG KO2s that I put on the Kia Sedona have so far been excellent in the winter driving I’ve done so far.

    1. crank_case Avatar

      Mustang owners can’t keep their cars straight coming out of a car show, so that’s not much of a yardstick.

      Yeah I know, low hanging fruit..

  3. Alan Cesar Avatar
    Alan Cesar

    One of my favorite things to do when I owned a Miata in the Great White North was to pitch it sideways whenever there was the slightest dusting of snow. I’d drift it on every turn, and even into parking spots. It was so effortless to induce and control. Loved loved loved it.


  4. joshuman Avatar

    I debated taking the MG Midget out around the neighborhood a couple of weeks ago when we had snow for a few days and then a sunny hour or so. Then I thought about the brine under the snow and decided I didn’t need any more rust to fix. I left the battery tender on and fiddled with the non-working tail light instead.

%d bloggers like this: