sa-WEET! I love these little guys. Sure, a lot of people, men mostly, look at Miatas as being “girls cars”. They either don’t know the first thing about sports cars, have never ridden in the passenger seat of one when a competent driver is at the wheel, or are in the midst of some heavy Freudian psychology (e.g. compensation and denial).
If MG/Austin-Healey/TR had been making cars like this in the 70s, they’d still be in business … but alas, they did not, and for too many years, the affordable drop top was not seen on these shores (or anywhere else for that matter). In ’89 Mazda changed all that with the introduction of the Miata. It’s in its third generation by now (if you ignore a couple of half-gen updatings here & there), and no longer officially called the Miata. Now Mazda calls it the MX-5 here in the U.S., and in the home country it’s referred to as “The Roadster”.
What you see here is the latest iteration. Essentially it’s a face lift, updating the front end (some people think it looks like Honda’s S2000, but I don’t really see it) and the interior; little tweaks to the suspension and what not … little improvements here and there, making a great car a little bit better.
The MX-5 lists for $25,100 – $28,000 for the soft top models, and $28,900 – $31,800 for the way trick/way cool Power Retractable Hard Top. The Roadster is available with a revamped 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine connected to either a 5-speed, or a 6-speed manual gearbox or in the case of the hardtop model, a 6-speed automatic transmission.
I can say this without hesitation: Go. Buy. Now.