The Miata is really about as much "bang for the buck" that's available . . . basically everything a true "sports car" should be: high-revving engine, great handling, comfortable interior with nice, intuitive controls, nice low "sports car" stance, and the all-important Japanese dependability.
2008 Mazda MX-5-MiataMX-5 commuter - San Diego, CA11/16/2012
I needed something fun to drive with decent mpg as my 60 mile/day car. Very happy with the MX-5. Mine is Grand Touring Power Retractable Hard Top, beautiful car. Measured 27 mpg exactly as listed - if I drive conservatively. 25.5 mpg if I have fun. My commute is mostly freeways. I also have a truck if I need more room so I have no problem with the small space of the MX-5. It drives like a sports car so there is some road noise and you feel the bumpy roads - not a luxury car. That said, it is very fun and always feels balanced, great brakes, steering. I have 6-speed automatic due to my commuting and I like the way the transmission is sport-tuned. Give a little gas and it drops 2 gears and takes off! My girlfriend and I enjoy Sunday drives around San Diego, just not the same without a convertible.
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