1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Close To You
October 31, 2013
Since driving the 2014 Corvette Stingray across country, I'm fiending rear-drive manual gearbox love these days, and that combination is unfortunately rare in our fleet. But settling into the Miata the other night, I forgot just how freakishly compact its dimensions are. Without leaning forward in the seat, you can almost cradle the driver-side mirror in your arm like a football.
It'll be interesting to see if the next-gen Miata, rumored to be stretching its wheelbase, retains these same dimensions. I don't remember even the Fiat 500 being this enveloping.
Then again, I'm largely trying to forget about the Fiat 500.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 16,000 miles