1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Now That's a City Car

February 03, 2012

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Now That's a City Car

It's been a lonnnng time since I've gotten behind the wheel of our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata but after seeing its empty dance card I had to take it out for some fresh air. And I'm glad I did. Jeepers, what a fun car! Even in traffic. So quick and zoomy. And here I was going on and on about what great city cars our Fiat 500 and Chevy Sonic are. 

It's the Miata that can kick rush-hour traffic's ass thanks to its small size and the fact it has a bit more get-up-and-go than the other two cars*.

And it's only the Miata I wouldn't fear parking on Hollywood streets or anywhere for that matter. No shiny new paint to scuff and no eye-catching, never-been-seen-before appeal to draw attention to it. Hooray for beaters!

In fact, I even daydreamed about some day owning this car. It's the perfect single person's city car, especially for the likes of me who goes all over L.A., from the highly congested streets of Downtown to fun, curvy roads like Sunset Boulevard.... Only thing is I don't have anywhere to put my dog Mya. 

* The Miata's 0-60 is 7.7 seconds while the Sonic's is 8.2 and the Fiat's is 10.4.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 134,877 miles

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