1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1994 Mazda Miata: Small and Boxed In

July 20, 2010


Yep, the first-generation Miata is pretty small. And it feels really small when you're boxed in on the freeway by a brace of trucks. It can seem like you're one truck driver's sneeze away from being in your own personal trash compactor.

While I'm on the topic, I might as well mention the sense of limited crash protection I get while driving the Miata. I was on the freeway recently when traffic suddenly slowed down. I was able to slow the Miata down properly. Then, you know the drill -- you watch the rearview mirror as it turns into your own personal suspense movie. Is that car behind me going to stop?

Fortunately, the Toyota RAV4 behind also slowed down. Traffic ahead of me relaxed a little, so I put a bit of space between the RAV4 and me. But then I heard screeching tires and watched in the mirror as a blue Ford Mustang didn't stop in time and slammed hard into the back of the RAV4. I hope both drivers were OK. But I'm really glad that RAV4 was there. If the Mustang had rear-ended our Miata, it would have been dire.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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