I've driven every generation and iteration of Mazda Miata for the past twenty years, and I remain an enthusiastic fan. It's definitely a car I would like to have in my own garage. I hadn't driven one in a while and even though my drive this time was in rain, I still came away with a renewed appreciation for the Miata's purity of purpose, its simplicity, its smallness, and with the way it continues to prove the worth of its original premise: oneness of horse and rider. If you've never driven a Miata, you owe it to yourself to do so. There is no other car on the road today like it, especially now that the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky, admirable though lacking competitors that they were, are extinct.
Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor