2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review

Lightweight, agile and sleek, Miatas are tangible proof that going fast in a slow car can be more fun than going fast in a fast car. Introduced in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 Miata was an instant hit. The car was so popular dealers were selling them for as much as $5,000 over MSRP. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn someone out there is still upside down in an ‘89 MIata.

The interior features everything a driver needs and little more. Nothing is superfluous in this environment. With that said, the passenger compartment could be a bit more spacious, although it is comfortable nonetheless. The roof, a marvel of engineering, is so easy to raise and lower from the driver’s seat it’s almost laughable.

Power comes from this handsome 181-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. In a time when so many car builders hide their engines under plastic sheathing, Mazda celebrates the Miata's. Looking at it is almost as enjoyable as operating it. The free-winding powerplant can be had with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic to channel its output to the rear wheels.

Lively, responsive and determined are wonderful descriptors for the way the Miata feels going down the road. The engine makes all the right sounds even as it exhibits disciplined obedience to your commands. The shifter feels mechanically precise as it snicks between ratios, the brakes give you the exact amount of retardation your foot prescribes and the steering reacts as if it is paired to your cerebral cortex.

On the other hand, practicality does rank rather low in the hierarchy of the line items on the Miata’s mission statement. However, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more delightful car if you truly enjoy driving.

Of course I like it!

Pricing starts at $26,580

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