Just like death and taxes - and the Fast and Furious movie franchise - some things are eternal. Witness the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the latest edition of a compact roadster that has sold over 900,000 copies since it was first introduced in 1989. What makes that inflated figure even more impressive is that the Miata has been able to appeal to so many buyers despite offering only modest power and a public image that masks most of its performance potential behind a cloak of cuteness.
So what is it, then, that has helped the MX-5 outlast so many of the other competitors that have come and gone during its two-decade reign at the top of the roadster pantheon? There’s no mystery about that – it’s the automobile’s phenomenal driving experience. The 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata holds on to its crown as one of the best driver’s cars at any price point, and although we wait and wait for Mazda to set an on-sale date for the next generation of the Miata, we are lucky to have the current model to tide us over.