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
- 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. Sure, are nice, but they aren’t as pure as the humble Miata. Even , 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