Oh, you thought it was lovely to watch one 2017 Mazda Miata RF put its wacky robotic roof down? Ha! You must not know what true happiness is. Try nine at once. (Or eight? Or some other number? They all start to blend together.)
As a city to drive in, Tokyo isn’t the worst, but it is bad. London and L.A. were more chaotic and traffic in Tokyo isn’t nearly as bad as the latter, but it’s still not the ideal place to drive a sports car. So where does one go if one wants some nice roads to drive on? Well there’s one obvious place.
There’s been a Mazda Miata in my mom’s garage for as long as I can remember. She’s a car enthusiast—not the kind who knows every obscure car ever, but the kind who wants to drive and wants to drive a manual transmission. So, when a 2017 Mazda Miata RF wound up at my house, it was a table-turning of sorts.
Who doesn’t love a Miata? The zippy little car with the happy headlights and grinning grill is a staple of the enthusiast car culture, and has been for over 25 years now. There is one Miata, however, that doesn’t get as much love. Maybe it should. The NC Miata was produced between 2006 and 2015 and it’s not as pure…
We like to say that the Mazda Miata is always the answer, and there’s one big reason for that: it is kind of incredible how, in the Miata’s nearly 30 year history, the company never managed to screw it up.
Thanks to miracles of modern science, the invisibility cloak from Harry Potter has become a reality, and some genius YouTuber has decided—for whatever reason—to use it to tear down a 1.6-liter B6ZE Miata engine. Either that, or this amazing video is just stop-motion—it’s not entirely clear.
Thankfully, there are still good driving roads that exist in this trash world of ours. They are one of the last places where we can go and enjoy our cars without signing up for a track day. But because they are public roads, safety is key. Especially on the Tail of the Dragon.
Here at Jalopnik, we are, for the most part, big fans of the Mazda Miata. (You may have heard about this once or twice before.) The current ND generation roadster is arguably the closest evolution of the original NA Miata yet, and you may be surprised to find new and lightly used examples cheaper than you expected.
The owner of this car made it out of the fire. He also returned to his flaming car to get a beer. I hope that gives you an idea about how truly special this burnout is.
Hi there. You may find yourself on this website because you enjoy motoring and sometimes that motoring may require an open top vehicle. A Mazda Miata is a good and fine car, but it is not a BMW Z3 and thus is the inferior choice.
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…
If the answer is always Miata, has anyone ever asked which Miata?
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.
Brian is 28 and works as an engineer in New York City. He lives the Jalopnik dream with his Mazda Miata, but he wants to get rid of it for something else. Now that may be a strange concept to understand given our readership, but let’s try to be open minded. What car should he buy?
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.
Yeah, so this is terrifying. Watch how fast a fuel leak in Ben Waddell’s Miata turns the car into a cage of fire.