Seat Time - 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: Seat Time

March 26, 2012

1997 Mazda Miata: Seat Time

Now I've driven the Miata plenty of times, but due to time/life constraints, I had never really pushed the Miata for more than a few seconds at a time through various on and off-ramps in and around Los Angeles. So, this past Saturday I set out for some good roads to get some quality seat time. You know, for science. Also, there might be a track day for this car and I in the near future and I don't want to hit the track cold and unfamiliar with our Miata.

Four hours, and six gallons of 91 octane later, and I could scarcely believe how quickly this car makes work of tight and twisty roads. If I could only use one word to describe the way it dealt with the various roads and the corners, it would be good. Or benign. Maybe expertly. Deftly? I know, masterful. Sharp would work, too.

Know what I'm sayin'?

The only criticism, and it really isn't much of one at all, is the inability to really generate some wheelspin. And while that might be more show than go, it is fun to do when you have the room to play around. Oh yeah, and the thing rattles like a can of bolts over rough roads - more on that, from someone else, tomorrow.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 135,680 miles

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