I bought my Miata as a commuter car. I wanted something safe, cost-effective, yet NOT one of those boring egg-shaped gas-savers. Keep in mind that my other car is a 2004 Range Rover so the Miata has stiff competition on my review. The car is very reliable, and so cheap to buy and run. It's saving me a lot of money on gas and handles my daily 3-hour commute (round trip) with no problem. Plus, if I ever need to sell the car, there's a ready market of Miata afficianados. I definitely recommend this car if you're looking for a fun, yet practical car.
A Fun Car to Drive
2007 Mazda MX-5-MiataDan Maloney - Honeoye Falls, NY01/16/2016
This is my fourth Miata - I have driven them since 1995. I really enjoy driving Miatas, and my latest one that I purchased this year is even better than the earlier ones. Very smooth ride, but what I have always liked best is the responsiveness of the steering and acceleration and the really good excellent way it holds the road on turns and curves. My current Miata is my first retractable hardtop and I like the convenience. I was pleasantly surprised to find a bit more trunk space in this car over its predecessors. People have started conversations with me about the car in parking lots and so forth which is a very pleasant experience. Good on gas, and among all four of my Miatas I have needed almost no repairs.
There's nothing like a roadster for excellent cornering and maneuvering, but I believe the Miata to be the best roadster I've driven. Had a Toyota MR2 Spyder prior to this, which I dearly loved, but the Miata is more refined - the steering and braking are like glue on velvet.
In terms of comfort, this car is a great fit for a short/petite person like me. All the controls are easily within reach and I never feel cramped. Dashboard is great - traditional yet sporty - none of that crazy futuristic stuff.
With major road bumps, you'll hear loud bangs inside the cabin, but you will also notice that road bumps will not bounce you or sway you in this car, like in other cars. It handles dips in the road with unbelievable stability.
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