The 2017 Mazda Miata is pretty much perfect, but it does feel like it’s missing something. Someone just gave their Miata that missing ingredient, the one feature the car needed to achieve supreme automotive excellence.
“Where should I put this?” my boyfriend asked, holding up his wallet. I looked around the 2017 Mazda Miata RF’s cramped interior. There was no glove compartment. No door pockets. The center console cubby was too small. The compartment between the seats was already filled with paperwork and other items from the press…
Mazda Motorsports has just added a slick looking handmade hardtop option for the 2017 MX-5 Global Cup race car, but you can’t just pick up at a dealership for your regular-ass mere mortal Miata.
As someone who had never experienced the brilliance of the Mazda Miata, I asked readers last week what I should do with my gorgeous red press car, and the answers all said more or less the same thing: find great roads and drive until you drop.
You can’t understand the shame I’ve felt for the past few years. I never told you this, but despite being an auto journalist—and one who works at Jalopnik—I had never driven a Mazda Miata. Ever. My colleagues would rave about how it’s the benchmark for all things fun and cheap, but I’d sit on the sidelines with my…
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is and always has been a pure manifestation of driving pleasure in convertible form. Yet, there have always been those clamoring for a fixed-roof coupe. Some claim the new Miata RF is a happy middle ground, but perhaps you’ll consider just pretending it is not?
I know way too many people who stay home from the track when it’s wet. Why? That’s when it can be the most fun. Watch this Mazda Miata play around and get sideways, and you’ll understand.
Everyone already knows the Mazda Miata is a glorious instrument for carving back roads, soaking up the sun and restoring that desire to just drive that’s been sucked out of you by bumper-to-bumper traffic. But the question must be asked: how does it do off-road?
You’re not living that Mazda Miata life until you’ve driven a couple of hours through Cleveland traffic in a snowstorm... with the top down.
Sure, we’re all carrying around more computing power in our pockets than all of America had throughout the 1980s—but what does it really matter? Are we any happier? The answer was no, until very recently, when a Swedish guy made a smartphone app to remotely control his Miata’s pop-up headlights.
Mazda’s bringing two new concepts to SEMA, both variations and evolutions of cars we’ve seen before. First is a version of the retractable hardtop MX-5 RF, painted in a special matte gray. Even more exciting, though, is an even lighter version of last year’s MX-5 Speedster. This one weighs in under 2000 lbs.
Pushing the limits of what’s possible is exactly the point of modifying your car. However, at some point, the law of diminishing returns comes into play, which kicked in for this determined Miata owner the second he realized that his home-made hella-stance kit was a little too much for his rented U-Haul trailer to…
In a video-taped incident reportedly occurring during Louisiana floods that killed at least three people by Saturday night, yells of “I’m drowning!” came from a nearly submerged Mazda Miata. Upon finding the car, a boater carried out an intense save of its driver—and her dog—once it sank.
“Well, I understand your occasional need to haul spare parts to the track, but really, the Miata’s trunk is surprisingly big, and you can always buy a trailer,” says the obnoxious, often leathery Miata owner, as a pre-cancerous mole ever-so-slowly engulfs a small chunk of his forearm.
The road less traveled does not require 4WD. Don’t worry about what that stupid sign says.
Back in January I picked up a replacement to El Cheapacabra, the $600 musty Miata project car that was totaled when an E46 cut me off at an unprotected left. Using craigslist-fu and the insurance payout I was able to upgrade to this lower mile, non-smelly, smooth running ‘93 while monetarily breaking even on the whole…
Car-internet went into full outrage mode when a Facebook post went viral that claimed two models damaged a racer’s Mazda Miata by dancing inside it in heels. Now there’s a video circulating around now from pro Miata racers Drake Kemper and Sam Barnett where they take the two supposedly Miata-hating women on a fast…
If you think the Mazda Miata is literally the perfect car, there’s good news: its perfection might reach new heights next week at the New York Auto Show, as Mazda is expected to debut a hard-top version.