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.
In reverse, it goes "mooz mooz." I have a GT, manual transmission, cloth top. It's red. Mazda calls it "true red" but I call it either "very, very red" or just "RED." Okay, let's get the negatives out of the way...none of these are unexpected in the sweetest little roadster on the planet: (1) Poor rear-quarter visibility with the top up. Very important to adjust mirrors properly to compensate. On the other hand, with the top DOWN, visibility is pretty much unimpeded :) (2) Not much luggage space. Duh. Will be shopping around for a trunk-lid luggage rack. (3) Cabin's a bit noisy at freeway speeds. Cloth top and all. Duh. (4) With the top down at freeway speeds, there seems to be a bit of buffet in the cabin right around 70 mph. A little faster or slower and it goes away. Oh, a couple more things: (4) It's 2012, so how come no USB port on the stereo? Have to plug my iPhone/iPod in through the Aux port. (5) From a straight-on front view, the car looks like a silly Japanese cartoon character with a big goofy grin. Never mind that I'm wearing the SAME goofy grin every time I get out of the car, it's somehow just not right :) (6) Never had a car that required premium gas before. Did you know premium costs more? Now, the positives: EVERYTHING ELSE. The current NC MX-5 GT's have pretty much all the performance goodies as the 2004/2005 MazdaSpeed Miatas except the turbo, but the bigger motor almost makes up for it. It MOVES. It CORNERS. It STOPS in a hurry. It WANTS to be driven. It is engineered so well that the whole is simply much greater than the sum of the parts. You can almost feel the car break into that goofy grin when you start down a twisty two-lane country road. Can't wait for autocross season to start next spring -- the tires should be just about down to racing depth by then :) The top can be raised or lowered from the driver's seat in about 5 seconds with a little practice. I've been practicing :) I've never had a car with lots of luxury stuff before so excuse me if this is old hat to you, but I am learning to love: (1) Heated leather seats! Sounded decadent to me, but comes in really handy for driving with the top down in cool weather. (2) Remote sensor key! Still forgetting that I don't have to take the key out of my pocket to unlock the door, get in and drive off. (3) Auto-dimming rear-view mirror! (4) Steering-wheel-mounted cruise-control and stereo controls. (5) Thermostatic climate control. It just works. Again, handy for driving with the top down in cool weather :) I am getting better than the EPA 21/28 mileage -- right around 30 crusing at 75+ on the interstate. Yay. Not terribly practical as primary transportation. But did I mention that it's the sweetest little roadster on the planet? It's just plain FUN TO DRIVE and will put a grin on your face.
Fun to drive, good fuel economy, reliable. This is my second Miata, they make great commuter cars as well as fun weekend toys - they're reliable, the handling is great, and the look good. They are smaller than a typical sedan, so they don't have a lot of interior space or luggage space. Obviously, you should make sure you fit comfortably and can see out of it before buying. Similarly if you have to haul kids around, or a lot of parcels every day, then a two seat roadster might not be the right car for you. Fuel economy is pretty good, I'm getting mid-20's to low 30's depending on how much town and open road driving I'm doing. It's not the highest mpg rating but it's pretty good for a sports car.