I previously drove a 99 Miata and really enjoyed the new model over the old 97 model.. The 2002 is an improvement also because it comes with fog lamps, a better designed interior(ie. two cup holders, storage nets),a wind blocker, an electric antenna, brighter head lights, electric windows and mirrors and much more comfortable bucket seats, all standard. The downside is that the leather interior is only available in tan. The gas mileage is down about two miles per gallon, and the performance is about the same despite claims of increased horsepower. The top can be put up or down is about fifteen seconds even though its manual.