Author: Curtis Farrell |

Convertible cars like Mazda MX-5 Miata are praised for the feeling of freedom and emotional uplift they provide. You feel the wind, hear the roar, enjoy the sunny weather and glances of passersby… However, when it comes to long rides, it is not as fun as one may think. Inevitably, the question of convertible’s top enters the scene.

Soft Top vs Hardtop

Although both tops reduce driver’s fatigue in comparison with the top open (because they provide the protection from wind and sun), the soft top reduces less drag and wind noise inside the cabin than the hardtop does. On the other hand, if you have a rather loud exhaust, the hardtop will blast with the exhaust noise while the soft top will actually dampen it.

mazda mx5 soft top vs hardtop

2016 Mazda MX-5 with soft top © Mazda Motor Corporation

Recent Studies On Convertibles

According to research published in The Journal of Laryngology and Otology, driving convertible cars with the top open at speeds exceeding 55 miles per hour may put drivers at increased risk of noise-induced hearing loss. Moreover, the researchers didn’t count additional noises such as radio. That’s why long rides with the top open may harm your health and cannot be recommended.

2016 Mazda MX-5

With the MSRP starting at $24,915, this year’s Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most affordable convertibles available for purchase as a new car here in the US. No wonder it is so popular; the vehicle itself is very good-looking and sporty. Yes, it has only a 4-cylinder engine, but it couldn’t be so inexpensive if there was a V6 instead.