The Lid - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long Term Road Test

  • Full Review
  • Pricing & Specs
  • Road Tests
  • Comparison
  • Long-Term

1997 Mazda Miata: The Lid

January 10, 2011

1997 Mazda Miata: The Lid

At last, the Miata has been couped.

Gone is the tan, floppy vinyl roof and in its place is now the second-hand, black hard top salvaged from round one of Project Miata. What's better? What's worser? Click below to find out.

So what's better? Well, for one thing, visibility is now really good. Check out the view from the driver's seat below.

1997 Mazda Miata: The Lid

Where before there was nothing but buffeting vinyl, there is now glass; nearly eliminating any blind spot. Another obvious difference is how much quieter the cabin is now that it's got a proper roof covering it up. It's still a noisy ride on the highway, remember, there isn't much in the way of sound deadening in this car, but it's much less boomy than it was before. Another benefit is the increased headroom, thanks to the lack of the convertible top's metal trellis which brings up yet another benefit. There are now no longer exposed steel rods fractions of an inch from your head just waiting to dent your noggin. Yay, benefits!

So what's worser? Well, not that the color combination of bass boat green and tan really looked all that great in the first place (someone figured that's what old British convertibles actually looked like) but now with the black top, this Miata is just plain weird looking. It's a total mutt.

1997 Mazda Miata: The Lid

I don't know, it might grow on me. Maybe.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 127,314 miles

  • Full Review
  • Pricing & Specs
  • Road Tests
  • Comparison
  • Long-Term

Leave a Comment
ADVERTISEMENT

Past Long-Term Road Tests