Feature Flick: Does the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Still Impress?

While the Mazda Miata has a reputation as attracting a certain type of non-enthusiast buyer, the compact roadster has put smiles on drivers' faces for more than two decades. On this episode of Ignition, host Carlos Lago puts the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club through its paces at the track and on canyon roads to see if the car can still impress.

At the drag strip the Miata Club accelerates to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, nails the quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds at 92.8 mph, and stops from 60 mph in 113 feet. But Lago is more interested in how the roadster tackles the handling course. With a 0.94 g skidpad average a figure-eight time of 26.0 seconds at 0.69 g average, Lago is impressed with how the Miata’s communicative chassis makes it so controllable during cornering.

Next, Lago heads to canyon roads for real-world impressions. After 24 years on the market, the third-generation Mazda Miata hasn’t strayed from the original formula: a simple and reliable British-style roadster. While the Miata may not be a precision machine, its characteristics add to its charm. Check out the video below to see Lago’s conclusion on the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club.

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