1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda Miata: Synapses

April 4, 2013

1997 Mazda Miata

I can't remember when I last drove a modern five-speed manual. Might have been our former long-term Mazda 2. Five-speeds don't come through the garage too often these days.

Despite its tall fifth gear, I still found myself reaching for the Miata's elusive sixth gear, which gets you reverse. The brain amazes, however. One minute its guides you toward ill-advised and unsavory decisions, and the next it stops you from scattering your gearbox around the highway.

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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