It just makes me happy every time I drive it. Even better, almost every time I drive it people stop, look, and smile. I've heard "nice car!" so many times, but every single time it still makes me happy. What more can you ask but to have a car that makes both you and the people around you happy?
The Mazda MX-5 "Miata" has always been the standard by which other roadsters have been measured by and still is. I got my 2008 Grant Touring PRHT recently and can't believe how much you get for the money. Luxuries such as seat warmers, Bose sound, and a power hardtop all for under $30,000. It's, of course, a blast to take out for a spin on twisty roads or even for highway travel. The leather seats and insulation of the power hardtop make long road trips more enjoyable (at least for a lightweight roadster). Sure, BMW, Mercedes, Honda and the like also have roadsters. The Miata, however, is unmatched in the driver-car connection department, as well as responsiveness and handling. In other words, you get a lot of joy and excitement just going under 45 mph in this little sports car whereas you probably have to redline the competition to get the same effect. On top of that it's reliable, good on fuel and cheap to insure. One caveat about this car is that drivers over 6' tall may feel cramped. This is sad because everyone, regardless of size, should have an opportunity to enjoy a Miata.
- Beautiful styling outside and in
- Awesome hard-top that doesn't take away any of the (already limited) space
- This car sticks to the road like crazy. Driving it on switchbacks in Malibu and in the San Gabriel Mountains was a complete blast.
- The only affordable and reliable (check Consumer Reports) convertible on the market
Nothing compares to the feeling of the wind whipping your hair back as you cruise in a well-built convertible. Well, almost nothing—the feeling of getting a great deal on your vehicle purchase is definitely a close second. You can enjoy both of these awesome sensations at the same time by selecting a high-quality convertible that sells for less than $20,000.
This sports car buying guide has 18 different sports cars for shoppers who want a little more driving excitement in their lives. There’s something for everyone here, from zippy four-cylinder convertibles to monstrous, 500-horsepower-plus sports cars that really push you back in their driver’s seats!
This article covers CarMax’s best-selling small cars of 2017 based on vehicle sales data from January 1 through October 31, 2017. If you’re looking for style and affordability, a small car may fit the bill.