By   November 18, 2015

Mazda MX-5

2016 Mazda MX-5

The editors over at Yahoo have named the 2016 Mazda MX-5 their “Fresh Car of the Year”. So just what is the “Fresh Car of the Year” award? Yahoo defines the criteria for the award as a car that simply puts a smile on your face and tugs at your heartstrings.

The category is for cars that can’t be chosen by pure stats. Cars like the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 have impressive stats that tell you much of what you need to know, but the lot in this category just don’t fully fit in.

The Japanese roadster took the top prize in the category over the Audi TT, Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade. The MX-5 may only have 155 horsepower, but thanks to its lightweight construction it doesn’t feel that way.

The 0-60 mph time now comes in at under 6 seconds (this is the claimed stay in the Yahoo article) which helps give it a quick responsive feel. Add this to the balanced handling that the naturally aspirated roadster is known for and you have a very fun ride.

You can read all that Yahoo had to say about the MX-5 over at their site.