2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: The everyday supercar

This roadster is lean, low and incredibly purposeful.  

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The Mazda Miata is a supercar. No, it doesn’t have an obscenely powerful 12-cylinder engine, its top speed doesn’t eclipse 200 mph and it’s not wrapped in aerospace-grade carbon-fiber bodywork. But trust me, nearly everything about this machine is super.


  • Linear engine performance
  • Scalpel-sharp dynamics
  • Sublime shifting
  • It’s plenty fast

Don’t Like

  • The infotainment system blows
  • A tight fit for taller folks
  • Borderline brutal ride

This little Japanese roadster delivers more driving enjoyment than some exotic cars that cost 10 times more. Truth be told, I’d rather have one of these than literally any new Maserati. Sure, Lamborghinis are nice, but they aren’t as pure as the humble Miata. Even Acura’s NSX, which in its current form is rocket-fast and extremely capable, falls short of the simple joy this Mazda can deliver. If dynamics are a top priority, dollar for dollar, this car can’t be beat. 

I absolutely adore how the Miata drives. It’s so natural, direct and intuitive. It feels more like an extension of your body than your own right arm. The interaction between its clutch, accelerator and shifter deliver this unparalleled connectedness. The leftmost

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No stimulus check yet? How to track it through the mail from your computer or phone

You can get an idea when the IRS plans to send your stimulus money.

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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

If the IRS Get My Payment app isn’t helping you track the status of your payment, the US Postal Service might be able to lend a hand. Informed Delivery is a free service that can help you see the status of your check by sending you a picture of your mail when it’s processed through the post office. Of course, that includes your coronavirus check, too. Signing up for the service also lets you keep tabs on the letter’s progress through notifications on your phone or computer.

Informed Delivery doesn’t apply just to stimulus checks. The post office scanning tool documents all your mail, which of course includes your money from the government. There are some limitations to the system, but the service does verify that the USPS processed your check and sent it to you. You can cancel anytime.

Keep in mind that the post office can’t tell you why you don’t have stimulus payment yet and it doesn’t replace

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