But in our opinion the Miata is still the superior car. Options are grouped in numerous packages. Like most of the auto news industry, we also sometimes accept travel, lodging and event access for vehicle drive and news coverage opportunities. Somewhere back in the middle part of the last century, small, lightweight, roadsters flourished with a variety of models available from mostly British manufacturers. By 1980, the classic British had become all but extinct.
My car has performance upgrades that were the selling point for me. It stopped recognizing end-of-travel resulting in a constant warning beep. Available on Touring and Grand Touring trims, the Suspension Package features a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks and a limited-slip differential. Regardless of which version you lean toward, the ultra-nimble 2008 Mazda Miata is a fantastic choice for an affordable roadster. When I first visited England in the early '90s, I immediately understood why British carmakers made those light nimble sports cars. It does have competition -- General Motors' twins, the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, specifically. On the other hand, the soft version is so unbelievably easy to put up and down, the hard top seems pretty superfluous.
Powertrains and Performance All Miatas come with a 2. Refined, balanced and eager, it's the ideal car to have when one needs to unplug from the plugged-in world. For my money, even in Michigan, I'd go fabric. Could be new rear bumper replaced after rear ended accident. When temps warmed up later in the week, the top was banished at every available opportunity.
If you're wondering why the accompanying photos don't look much like Michigan, it's because Damon and Brad shot a similar car in their native habitat of Northern California. Read on after the jump to find out how the latest incarnation fares. The entry model still has the same top mechanism that appeared on the 1989 original and there's absolutely no reason to ever change it. Unlike those old Brits, however, the dependable Miata won't leave you stranded on the side of the road cursing your bloody head off as you stare, bewildered, under the hood. The power retractable hard top is the perfect way to own a convertible, as others I've had with soft tops have leaked during rains. Dead solid reliability, though the tiny battery can have a sort lifespan. As soon as the arrived, I immediately hopped in, dropped the top and headed out for lunch.
The evaporator, expansion valve and dehydrator were replaced by dealer. Dropping the manual top can be done in seconds from the driver seat. On the rural B roads, straights are rare and roads are built around the trees instead of the other way around. Available on Touring and Grand Touring trims, the Suspension Package features a sport-tuned suspension with Bilstein shocks and a limited-slip differential. The Special Edition is essentially an Icy Blue Grand Touring with the Premium package described below. The simple controls and no-frills design serve the Miata and its driver well.
The Sport adds air-conditioning and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A great sports car, fun, fun, fun. After starting the engine, you still have to manually release the latch at the windshield header and then hold the switch for about 20 seconds as the tonneau lifts, the top retracts and then the tonneau drops back down. Options are grouped in numerous packages. My car has performance upgrades that were the selling point for me. The Solstice and Sky possess sexier styling and more speed via available turbocharged engines, and combined, they outsell the Miata almost two to one.
Live in the mountains and its a blast. While that happens the windows drop a couple of inches then go back up when the operation is complete. Sounds like something loose under car. When I test drove one, the first thing I did was lower the top. Driving Impressions The Miata's peppy four pulls willingly and revs freely. It was fully redesigned two years ago for more comfort and performance without losing any of its elemental appeal.
Still, it can be comfortable enough for two on a weekend getaway, and the well-shaped 5. Normally, I consider these to be a nightmare. The car puts a smile on my face! First off all, no car with a back seat should ever have a retractable hard top, because they just make the proportions look horrible. It goes away after a few minutes. Having made my opinion on retractable hard tops clear, I must say that the one in the Miata is actually pretty good.
Interior Design and Special Features Even though it's larger than previous generations, the current Miata's cockpit remains a snug fit. This is most obvious in the wheel well shape. It was fully redesigned two years ago for more comfort and performance without losing any of its elemental appeal. It's a delightful instrument to play, especially with a manual gearbox where snapping off rev-matching downshifts is a breeze. Parts of the emissions systems have failed due to the inactivity.
. My 2015 Nissan sets in the garage. No fancy electronics in my '08, but if you want to own the road in open topped bliss for low money, there's nothing like it. It's a delightful instrument to play, especially with a manual gearbox where snapping off rev-matching downshifts is a breeze. Unlike those old Brits, however, the dependable Miata won't leave you stranded on the side of the road cursing your bloody head off as you stare, bewildered, under the hood. The most fun to drive auto, so far and I've had plenty.