|Reviewed By||Paul Duchene|
|Price as Tested||$29,535|
Simple retractable hard top ends convertible leaks; 166 horsepower more than adequate; attractive leather interior with leather seats; easy to toss around.
Hard top shrinks already tight interior, bulks up profile unattractively. Climate controls too small to read. Keyless ignition annoying, easy to misplace credit card-like key. Handbrake on wrong side of tunnel. No spare wheel—tire-pressure monitoring system and can of “fix-a-flat” instead.
The Miata name has gone, replaced by the corporate-sounding MX5, and it’s taken the two-seater’s minimalist charm along with it. Bigger wheels, raised hood/headlights and hard top lift profile in a not-particularly-attractive way. And at $30,000, about the same price as a three-year-old Boxster, pretty stiff competition.
|Fun to Drive|
|Fun to Look at|
Mar 01, 2008