Jack Baruth to Miata haters: your argument is invalid because ND

It's the tiny elephant in the room: the legitimacy of the Maza Miata's man card. Is it forged, or authentic? Are roadsters still manly? Does anybody really care after driving one? Moot points, says Jack. The new Miata is fit for a man, and you're wrong if you disagree. » 10/08/14 10:53am 10/08/14 10:53am

I drove 2800 miles in a half-dead Miata to see the 2016 ND

The desert north of Las Vegas was sweltering, broiling, intolerable. In front of me, brake lights and stopped cars for miles—construction. Above, the night sky taunted me. It was after dark but the air was a parching 104F, and I was trapped in a cockroach-sized lozenge of a sportscar whose A/C had given up the ghost,… » 10/03/14 10:35am 10/03/14 10:35am

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