1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Younger Brother

October 26, 2012

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Nope, it's not our car. Look closely (upturned decklid edge and different taillights) and you'll see that this is a second-gen (1999-2005) Miata that's sporting some mods similar to ours. It's got the hardtop, the serious roll cage and a set of aftermarket wheels, though the latter are black on this car versus our Miata's polished alloys.

Informal poll time: All things being equal -- whether bone stock or modded -- would you prefer a first or second-generation Miata? Here's a history of the Miata to help you decide. 

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor

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