An Appetizer - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda Miata: An Appetizer

April 09, 2012

1997 Mazda Miata: An Appetizer

I've been wanting to take the Miata on a track day, Kurt beat me to it but it was good to see him enjoy it and get his comprehensive feedback for when/if I take it to the track. In the meantime, I enjoyed a recent romp up Pacific Coast Highway and through the canyons with our green monster.

Although it'd been quite a while since I'd driven it (previously, I needed something bigger each time it was available) it didn't take long to get comfortable. Getting into the rhythm of the road is what a Miata is all about -- you'd be hard pressed to find a more willing and light-on-its-feet dance partner. And you needn't run at felonious speeds to have fun either. That's not to say I didn't enjoy dipping into the boost now and then coming off the corners. But the simple joys of quick and communicative steering, a planted chassis and a toggle switch of a gear shifter get me every time I drive a Miata, be it our modded oldie-but-goody or a brand new PRHT.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 136,460 miles

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