- Beautiful styling outside and in - Awesome hard-top that doesn't take away any of the (already limited) space - This car sticks to the road like crazy. Driving it on switchbacks in Malibu and in the San Gabriel Mountains was a complete blast. - The only affordable and reliable (check Consumer Reports) convertible on the market
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.
My other car is a Lincoln MKS. Unless I'm going on a long trip I always drive the Miata. I have a 2011 GT PRHT and I haven't had this much fun driving in years. The Miata is responsive to the accelerator, steering, and brakes and with the wind in my hair it always makes me feel like I am in my 20's again. I'd buy another Miata in a heart beat.