San Sntonio.- I remember when Mazda first came out with the Miata, back in 1990; it seemed the world could not get enough of this brave new stylish roadster!
I remember a friend ordering one just as an investment to only flip it two days after he got it and made a 40% markup!
Keep in mind in 1990 there was nothing to fulfill that need for a two-seat roadster that could fly you down the highway with your hair in the wind. MG had sold its last MGB in 1980, Triumph left the scene in 1981, and Fiat with the 124 Spider in 1985.
So there was a huge void in the automotive world for the fun loving sports car enthusiast to have a roadster they could call his or her own. Well Mazda jumped right in and has not looked back. It has been a huge success throughout the world, becoming nothing shy of a phenomenon.
With its small size, simple lines, impressive drivetrain, notable handling and pure get-up-and-go, the Miata continues to win awards year after year. Miata’s combination of performance and style continue to make it a top choice, so much so that US News named the Mazda Miata the 2012 Best Sports Car for the Money.
The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata is available in three flavors: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. All models come with a soft-top as standard equipment. A power retractable hardtop is available on Touring and Grand Touring trims.
This little bullet generates 167 horsepower and 140 foot pounds of torque from a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine. It manages to go from 0-60-mph in a respectable 6.5 seconds and a standing quarter mile in 15 seconds flat at 90.2 mph.
Needless to say, the rear wheel drive gave me the push I needed to get this little beast going down the highway in nothing flat. I always enjoy driving the vehicles that I review, but some vehicles like this Miata, I was finding reasons to get in it and just drive! This is pure joy behind the wheel, driving at its best for the sheer fun of it.
Inside, the layout is simple and functional, but with easy-to-reach controls and chrome and silver accents. There is a range of trim packages offered, like a choice between five and six speed manual transmissions or a six speed automatic, as well as varying levels of interior upgrades, like a Bose stereo system and leather seating. I would get the leather seating, but honestly don’t waste your money on the Bose stereo system, cause the amount of road and wind noise you are going to experience while driving the Miata, does not make it worth the money.
If you’re looking for a sports car with lots of plush amenities, then buddy this isn’t it! The Miata MX-5 will take you back to the days of the basic, functional, fun sports cars that are there to do one thing…bring back the fun of driving into your life.
My Miata MX-5 had a sticker price of just under $28,000. But depending on the package you chose, you can get it as low at $23,000 and change.
You are going to be hard pressed to find this much fun in a sportster for less money anywhere!