Ah, Miata. Mazda’s petite contribution to the auto world has been making us say “aww” for 21 years now. But underneath its puppy dog exterior lies a true sports car. Miata’s been receiving high praise amidst subtle jokes (it’s not a girly car) since its introduction to the mean streets in 1989. Jeremy Clarkson loves it, as well as almost 400,000 (389,000 to be exact) US buyers. We account for about 45% of Miatas sold worldwide.
How does the Miata, Mx5, Roadster, whatever you want to call it, stride the center stripes between novelty and icon?