This is no regular Miata, though. This is the Special Edition, which has the Crystal White Pearl paint job—a color that was beautiful both in the sun and shade. It is also a hue unique to the Special Edition MX-5, as is the black power retracting hard top (PRHT), black side mirrors, and dark 17” alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance 205/45R17 tires. Xenon headlights, an aluminum hood, and silver dual exhaust outlets round out the exterior. We had had gray skies and fog every day I had the car, so the top was up much of the time. However, top up or down the car is a lot of fun. I now know why one drives around with the top down in 50 degree weather with the heat on! Weather your cruise permits you to have the top down, or inclement weather forces you to have it up, I think the styling of the vehicle looks fashionable and classy in either respect.
This Mazda Miata was so much fun to drive I hated to give it up at the end of the week. It is spirited, corners like it’s on rails, never seems underpowered (even when passing going uphill), and makes driving fun. It begs to be tossed around, and rewards you with a pleasurable driving experience, whether on curvy roads, city streets, or on the interstate. The six-speed transmission coupled to the 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT engine purrs along, and comes to life—especially when you hear it with the top down.
The Mazda Miata MX-5 was one of the most fun and entertaining vehicles I had driven in a long time. Its responsiveness, classy looks, and most importantly—price—wins me over. Base model Miatas can be had for $23,720, while my test model's MSRP came in at $31,225. That is pretty impressive seeing as other convertible sports cars fetch a lot more of your dollars if you buy one. Also consider Mazda only brought over 450 of the special edition models, which are also available in red. We did a quick look on AutoTrader.com and found a few still up for grabs across the U.S.
The Miata—top up, fun. Top down, totally fun and worth the price. A shame we don't have that car still sitting in our driveway!