Why You Shouldn’t Buy An NA Miata

Over the last half-decade or so, Mazda’s Miata has been enjoying something of a reboot of its reputation. Long derided as a car unfit for those packing chest hair, the new line is that it’s a hot, affordable little roadster that offers all of the joys of sports-car motoring without the headaches induced by owning… » 9/17/14 10:30am 9/17/14 10:30am

We Need a Strategic Miata Reserve

Despite Mazda Motor Corporation's gallant efforts, we will one day reach Peak Miata; the moment when we reach the maximum availability of the brilliant small Japanese roadster. From that moment to eternity, the number of Miatas will become smaller, and smaller, and smaller, descending a bell curve until only Mafia… » 7/28/14 2:55pm 7/28/14 2:55pm

The Miata was nearly a front-wheel-drive disaster

Seriously. When Mazda was developing what would become the best-selling sports car in history, the proposals included the rear-wheel drive roadster we all know and love (above and below right), a mid-engine MR2 knock off (below middle), and a front-wheel drive disaster (below left). Mazda made the right call, and the… » 2/11/14 4:46pm 2/11/14 4:46pm

Interviews from the Subculture: Ryan Automatic

Stanced and lowered cars are pretty common on the roads these days. But even just a few years ago, seeing an e30 dragging its ass would have been a rare sight. The proliferation of car parts and modifications to get cars lower than should be possible is only making it easier for enthusiasts to get low. Some people… » 9/13/13 10:29am 9/13/13 10:29am