Blast From the Past - 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test
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1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Blast From the Past

June 08, 2010

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After driving so many new cars, it was interesting to get in a 16-year-old car. One can't help but marvel at the way we used to do things back in the day. Remember when cars had cigarette lighters and ashtrays? Anyway, I just snapped some shots of the quaint aspects of our 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata for your perusal.

The above is a favorite feature of our Project Miata editor, Jay Kavanagh. He said that compared to modern cars that have drive-by-wire, the throttle cable made you feel more connected to the car.

To stroll down memory lane make the jump. I threw in some shots of the 2010 Mazda MX-5 for comparison's sake.

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Exterior door lock: Apparently the way to lock the car, if you lock it from the inside first, is to lift that handle with your finger before you slam the door shut. Personally I hate this. Hurts my finger as I hadn't gotten the hang of letting go before impact. For 2010, you can lock or unlock the door with the push of a button on the handle.

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Interior door lock: Nothing really different here. Just thought its design looked so quaint.

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Headlights: Can't forget the pop-up headlights.

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Audio controls: Back then six presets were all you got.

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Cigarette lighter: Wow. Remember these? Now we've replaced cigarettes with another addiction: portable electronic devices.

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Cruise control: In 1994, there were two places for the cruise control, here to turn it on/off and on the wiper stalk to accelerate/decelerate. And there was no "Cancel" feature. In 2010, cruise control been moved to the more convenient placement on the steering wheel.

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