1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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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

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