2012 Mazda Miata Hardtop Convertible Road Test and Review
Is Smiling Hazardous to Your Health?
An Ode to Joy
There is nothing quite as powerful and healing in this complicated and challenging world than the simple human act of smiling. But to bring about someone’s smile naturally is something that takes a delicate touch and the truest of intentions. In the automotive world, it is safe to say that few vehicles on sale can touch the Mazda Miata for the number of smiles it has brought to the faces of driving enthusiasts.
We know this because we smiled so much during our week driving the 2012 Mazda Miata Special Edition PRHT that we feared perhaps it was time to get some Botox when it was all over. But even though Autobytel may be headquartered in Orange County it does not mean that we need to all look like expressionless cast members from “The Real Housewives” TV show. Besides, we now refer to the smile lines on our face as our “Miata lines.”
So why exactly did we have such a walloping good time behind the wheel of our very, very red Mazda roadster? Well, not only is the Special Edition PRHT the sportiest Miata you can buy direct from the factory but it is also still a highly effective yet endearingly simple sports car. Granted, our tester had the folding metal hardtop but even with that added piece of mechanical complexity the Miata still is one of the most pure motoring experiences that you can buy from any mainstream automaker.
So sit back, slot the divinely engineered manual transmission into gear and gently slip out the clutch because you are taking a drive in the 2012 Mazda Miata Special Edition PRHT with us. And we guarantee that once this ride is over you are going to be wishing you were this sexy little roadster’s keeper. Because if you were, chances are that you would spend most every waking moment thinking up reasons to go drive your two-seat drop top just because every moment spent behind the wheel of it will bring full-on, grown up joy. Okay, part of the joy is childish but that’s half the fun of the Miata.