The Other Downside to Being Low - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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1997 Miata and 1991 NSX: The Other Downside to Being Low

January 13, 2012

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Last Friday, Erin wrote about the NSX and how she mistook an E60 5 Series for an X3 because you sit so low in the NSX. It's pretty much the same with with our Miata. There's definitely that feeling of not wanting to get hit for fear of injury.

Not helping matters is that it's often hard to have a sightline of traffic ahead when you're so low. You typically can't see through the back window of the car in front of you because everything is either crossover SUV or new-style, high beltline sedan these days. Now you'll have to react solely to the brake lights of the car in front of you because you can't see anything else.

The worst part is that it's not the Miata's or NSX's fault that they're short. Everything else is just too tall.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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