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.
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.
Great little sports car
2014 Mazda MX-5-MiataDoug Williams - Chicago, IL12/05/2015
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.
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