The first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata debuted at the Chicago auto show in 1989. One year later, we named it Automobile of the Year. It immediately appealed to us. It had a very personal and connected feel that made it seem like an indulgence, but it didn’t cost Porsche money. One of deputy editor Joe DeMatio’s favorite memories is of driving a bright blue Mazda Miata from Ann Arbor to New York in the summer of 1990, top down all the way, blasting horrible ‘90s music for all to hear. The Mazda Miata awed us, our love affair began, and it continues to grow.
Do a quick search on Craigslist, and you’ll see that you can get a clean Mazda Miata for less than $5000. And since all we do when we’re not writing is scour Craigslist for cars, even when we’re not in the market to buy one, we picked up on this pretty quickly. Now a good number of editors actually own a Mazda Miata of some vintage. On any given weekend, associate editor David Zenlea will be in our garage, upgrading something on his Mazda Miata, or senior web editor Phil Floraday will leave his press car at home to take his Miata somewhere with twisty roads. 24 years later, our love’s still there. Nicholas Sparks should write a book about this.