2002 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
You don't drive this car - you pilot it. Handling is so intuitive, you rarely think about it; almost drives itself. It is so nimble, you can drive circles around anyone, anytime. You don't climb in, you strap it on & it becomes part of you. One caveat: it's not for someone over 6 feet tall. Can reach anyplace inside from the driver's seat (+ right outside mirror). Great acceleration & braking. It was made for curves & hills. OUTSTANDING! These guys thought of everything, and more. Don't expect silly/distracting gadgets - this is for those serious about driving. After 30,000 miles, not one problem. Mileage overall: 26mpg. Fuel: recommend 93 octane - 89 ok.
Driving position & instrument panel - you are seated nearly as low as an Indianapolis race car. Short-throw 5-speed manual transmission. Can drop/raise top at a traffic light. Very tight turning radius.
Ban most SUV's & large vans. In city traffic, you'll spend a lot of time staring at license plates (or grilles larger than the rear window).