I just love this car!!
We got a '10 (identical to the '11) with Premium Pkg, Suspension Pkg, and Appearance Pkg at a tremendous discount.
It is gorgeous (in Brilliant Black). The premium package eliminates any prior concern about the tawdriness of the interior -- it is almost plush, and the sound system is superb.
Seats and steering wheel position is excellent.
Clutch and shifter are the best of all the dozens of cars I've owned, including Porsches.
Handling is unbelievable, and the optional Bilsteins do NOT make the car too harsh in normal driving.
Finally, the power hard top is magical -- doesn't even intrude on trunk space.
I just love this car!!
This car is in a league of its own.
The steering wheel responds to the slightest of inputs.
Its agility is amazing.
Its cornering ability is amazing.
Its lane change ability is amazing.
Its value is amazing.
It is the most nimble car I have driven, and it is the most fun-to-drive car I have ever driven - and I am a car collector.
Most of the reviews cover the important tech issues. I love my car but from day one I assumed that the rough and relatively noisy ride was related to the "sport type tuning" of the car's suspension - and I would just have to live with it. How wrong I was. This was the only thing about the car I did not truly enjoy - it was very noisy - road noise that was magnified by any road imperfections. Living in NY, I knew I had to replace the stock 17" Summer Tires (potenza) with an all weather tire. This weekend (October 2010) I put on a set of Conti Extreme Contact DSW and wow, what a difference. The car was transformed - it is now composed and a pleasure at any speed and road surface.
This is my third Miata and it is by far the best. I had an Audi A4 cabrio for 7 years prior to this car so I'm still making the adjustment back to a smaller car. I am looking forward to less maintenance cost with the Miata. My requirement when looking this time was a retractable hardtop. I looked at the EOS but my experience with expensive German maintenance and less than reliable reviews on the EOS brought me back to the Miata. The handling and weight distribution are beyond compare in a car of this price. The fit and finish is comparable to the Audi. The interior layout is much better than my previous Miata's.
Had the car for 3 months now and after getting over with the shortcomings of a small convertible, I can say that I love to drive this car so much that I am no longer interested in driving any other car except the Porsche Cayman/Boxster.
One of the best performance bang for your bucks deals out there!