The title sums it up. Extremely agile car and light on its feet, like a go- cart. It's about as roomy as one too. But those who appreciate this car for what it can do won't be concerned about that. Acceleration isn't very strong either but again, if you want straightline acceleration, go buy a musclecar. This car belongs on roads with tight curves. It's easy to drive and own so far. The only improvements would be bigger trunk and more grunt. Otherwise, this is a fine piece of machinery.
I have a Mazda Miata MX-5 C in Splash Green Mica. Within a few weeks of purchasing this vehicle, I've had hard starts (i.e. sometimes it takes over one minute to start the car and then it starts sluggishly.) I also have gas smells and a major braking issue where rarely the vehicle's engine starts to race the more you brake. The only way to stop the vehicle fully is to turn it off or put it in neutral while braking. Dealership cannot reproduce or fix so now I'm in lemon law court. I'm so disappointed because I did a tremendous amount of research which strongly suggested this car was reliable. It's an absolutely beautiful vehicle but I seem to be the only one stuck with a lemon.
Seats are comfortable, body and interior are gorgeous, and as long as you can accept the bouncy ride, on the highway it's a dream to drive. You also have a lot of control over the maneuverability of the vehicle as it hugs the road.
Brighter headlights and radio controls on steering wheel would be nice.
My patience has been rewarded - I grew
up in Michigan, and now live in So.
Cal. A lifelong motorcyclist, it was
here that I could finally get what I
consider to be the finest 4-wheeled
equivalent of a bike - a Miata! Grins
from ear-to-ear, sensational handling,
bulletproof reliability, and at a price
that still can't be touched in this
segment (sorry, I have never warmed up
to the looks of the MR2). I now have a
pleasant dilemma in the garage: Bike
or car? This is indeed a classic
roadster in the purest of (all)
senses. Do yourself a favor - dismiss
what anyone else thinks, and take one
for a spin. You will not regret it.