The Mazda MX5 Miata is the highest selling roadster of all time. Just about everyone knows what a Miata is and what it looks like. Until a few years ago, you could only buy one with a cloth-top (commonly known as ragtop). If you wanted the benefits of a hardtop you had to purchase a fixed one. Those fixed tops have to be removed entirely and stored in order to use the car as a convertible. With the addition of the new powered retractable miata hardtop new possibilities were added to an already winning package. The car went from appealing only to rag top fans to gaining a whole new array of followers. These new fans are those who prefer and appreciate a hard roof on their convertibles.
Below is a list of advantages the Mazda MX5 Miata powered retractable top has to offer:
Increased longevity – A hard top will last much longer under the harsh rays of the sun than a cloth top. After just a couple of years, a cloth top will show big signs of wear, however, a hard top can look as new and great as the rest of the car.
Improved visibility – The hardtop offers a slightly better rear view than the cloth top version. This is not so evident on the Miata as it is on other convertibles, but it still holds true.
Theft deterrent – It is much harder to break into a car with a hard roof. This is the case even if the roof is retractable like it is on the MX5. Cloth tops tend to have a reputation for being cut open and stuff stolen out of the car.
Slight noise reduction – This is more evident in other convertibles than it is in the MX5 Miata. The cabin of the MX5 is still quite noisy whether it has a cloth or hard top. However, even if it’s slight, the hard top does offer a little bit more sound isolation.
If you still had doubts about the advantages of the hard roof, keep in mind it retracts with electrical power, folds and stores behind the back seats WITHOUT taking any space in your trunk. Now, that just sounds like the best of both worlds!