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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Close To You

October 31, 2013

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Since driving the 2014 Corvette Stingray across country, I'm fiending rear-drive manual gearbox love these days, and that combination is unfortunately rare in our fleet. But settling into the Miata the other night, I forgot just how freakishly compact its dimensions are. Without leaning forward in the seat, you can almost cradle the driver-side mirror in your arm like a football.

It'll be interesting to see if the next-gen Miata, rumored to be stretching its wheelbase, retains these same dimensions. I don't remember even the Fiat 500 being this enveloping.

Then again, I'm largely trying to forget about the Fiat 500.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 16,000 miles


  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    I can adjust the passenger side mirror by hand while sitting in the driver's seat of my '72 MGB-GT. I have to lean over some, but I can do it.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Being so very LOW to the ground is even more of an adjustment. I see your "eyeball" vent drooping. get yourself a small piece of "invisible" tape, stick it on the edge and voila, you are pointing your non-air-conditioned output back in your sweaty face.

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    I am amazed at how tight it is for me (5' 11" or so) - I've needed to remove the sun visors and do the foamectomy and even so it still feels like its designed for someone 3 inches shorter than me. Fun car though! 2000 LS.

  • jasond52 jasond52 Posts:

    I use the mirror on my NC as a hand rest when cruising down the's in the perfect spot.

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