Not everyone will appreciate the 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Many car enthusiasts gravitate toward vehicles with maximum horsepower. And many convertible buyers just want some extra sun and breeze — not a finely honed performance machine. The Miata could disappoint either type of prospective customer.
But if you like a car that does all it can to make you smile, and you can get by with just two seats, you must try an MX-5 Miata. This rear-wheel drive roadster offers a purity of driving pleasure that’s difficult to match at any price — and harder still for its base price of $25,295. It’s not built for a drag strip, and its practical limitations are apparent. But Mazda makes it a blast to squeeze yourself into the low seats, fire up the engine, and hit the road. Let’s take a drive.