What is it: Believe it or not, in its latest iteration, Mazda’s beloved little Miata two-seater is almost 3 years old already, yet still remains, as we’ve called it before, “the prototype for all modern roadsters.” Our tester here is the Club version, originally shown at the 2015 New York show. The Club model is sandwiched between entry-level Sport trim and Touring on top.
Key Competitors: Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86, Fiat 124 Spider
Base Price: $29,155 As-Tested Price: $35,240
Highlights: Mazda has sold more than a million Miatas since the first one was introduced at the 1989 Chicago auto show. Talk about staying power. Instead of getting bigger and heavier over the years as many cars do, these days the Miata is actually lighter, smaller, quicker and yes, even more nimble, than its predecessor. Changes for 2018 are minimal — why mess with success? They include a new dark cherry soft top option, red crystal and machine gray exterior paint and heated Recaro buckets.
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