The Mazda Miata MX-5 has quickly become the best car I've ever owned or driven. The exterior design is a head turner with its sleek lines and clean look. I enjoy the safety and security of the hard top version, as well as the uniform color throughout compared to the soft top version. This thing takes corners like you wouldn't believe! I love driving with the top down and really just enjoy cruising in general. If you enjoy the art of driving, you will absolutely love this car. Be cautious of the driver's height. I'm 5'9" about 165lbs and fit comfortably, anyone taller may be uncomfortable. Also, be mindful of cargo space. It can easily for two large duffle bags or groceries for two. It helps to have another bigger vehicle in your garage.
Miata -- for me, the perfect car
2012 Mazda MX-5-MiataJonathon - San Diego, CA07/24/2014
For me, the perfect car. Everything in the right place. You really feel the results of improving on the same design for so many years... like the last VW Beetles or the late '20s Model T Fords. It is a joy to drive. Slowly, just puttering around with the top down. Or faster... at around 3500 RPM in third gear, it takes off like a rocket. The handling is precise and superb. Goes around curves like it's on rails, curves where those bloated SUVs would just wallow off the road. On a winding road, you can stay up with ANY car. Note-- my Shell station mechanic tells me that EVERY Carnax-sold vehicle he's serviced has been in great shape. My Miata, too!
THE Driver's Car
2013 Mazda MX-5-MiataJason Smith - South Pasadena, CA06/16/2015
Such a fun little car. I look forward to finding an empty windy road whenever I can and just throwing it into the corners. The sense of confidence it provides and how solid and planted it feels in all conditions. Slowing down for a corner seems so antiquated now.
I do have to think twice about making any purchase as the cargo space is extremely limited. Also the interior does get a bit loud on a rough road since with the convertible soft top you are basically driving in a drum.
I don't believe there is such a thing as a perfect car, but this is as close as it gets. The few downsides are minor compared to all of the benefits such as Japanese reliability and the sense of fun this car distills in you.
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