This is my 3rd Miata MX-5. I've had a '96, a '99, and now I own a 2003 second generation Miata. Around town it does everything a car is supposed to do. Where it really shines is out on a twisty country road. It is not a 0-60 car but a momentum car. Once you're up to speed there's more than enough power to pull you out of a corner. It's cheap to buy. cheap to own, and 100% reliable. Though most Miatas are driven hard as a sports car should be, the Miata is I believe Mazdas most reliable model. Check out the Miata.net forum. And ask other owners why they like their Miata.
2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata SE 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
That is what my husband calls this car due to its' handling. It is hugely fun to drive. It hugs the road like nothing else I have driven. Fun and zippy; zoom zoom describes it perfectly. I am 5'2" so the form factor is perfect for me. It feels like it is hugging me as I drive.
2003 Mazda MX-5 Miata LS 2dr Roadster (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I'm five foot and have the greatest visibility I've ever had with any car in the Miata. Has strong headlights, amazing steering, quick and easy to put the top down (at a traffic light. The Miata is small, elegant and always smiling. Greatest car ever and would recommend it to anyone who is under 6'2".
It has strong headlights, and easy to put down top, accelerates quickly, nice short shift for manual.
To make the Miata handle even better get stiffening bars.
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.