Works Well In The Mountains - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda Miata: Works Well In The Mountains

January 25, 2012

 1997 Mazda Miata: Works Well In The Mountains

Our Miata is meant for snaking around tight corners or hitting up a racetrack. But it's also pretty good at highway travel(*) in the mountains. The supercharger gives it a nice boost in torque to climb grades with ease in fifth gear. And as the Miata's nimble and pretty easy to see out of, it's fun to nip through traffic and pass slower moving vehicles.

Though it's not a winter car you'd take to go skiing, summer recreation could certainly be on the docket.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

*This is not to say our Miata is comfortable on the highway. It's not. It's loud, buzzy, stiff-riding and probably not too far away from what I imagine it's like riding on an ox cart. But it's a first-generation Miata. What do you expect?

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