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The 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a Reliable Weekend Roadster

The Mazda MX-5 Miata persists as one of the best options for those longing for an affordable sports car. Since the Miata is known to be an overall reliable and fun convertible, it makes for an ideal used-car option too. If you are in the market for a relatively new weekend roadster, the 2017 model …
2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S vs. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
Tips, Tricks & Trends

Manual Transmission Sports Cars You Can Buy Brand New

There is something about driving a manual transmission sports car that somehow makes the experience that much better. While many people have slowly moved away from driving a stick shift, and some manufacturers have turned their classically manual sports cars into automatic-only models, like the new mid-engine Corvette C8, there are still some modern-day sports …
1960 Austin-Healey Sprite MkI

The Austin-Healey Sprite Was the Mazda Miata of the 60s

The Mazda Miata didn’t directly inspire modern sports cars like the Toyota 86 and Honda S2000. But without the Miata, they likely wouldn’t have been green-lit. And part of its popularity is accessibility. Used models are cheap, and with so many fans out there, someone has advice for whatever build you’re thinking of. But the …

Even More Forgotten But Affordable 1990s Two-Seaters

Yesterday we discussed the fact that many people look for a fun, two-seater weekend car. Often times they have a limited budget and will look for something they fondly remember. So, we listed two-seat vehicles that were available during the 1990s that are often forgotten but are affordable at under $20,000. Today, we continue the …
2020 Nissan 370Z parked by the side of a canyon road.
Tips, Tricks & Trends

The Most Fun Cars To Drive Under $35k

What cars offer the most smiles per mile? And what vehicles on that list can be had for under $35K? No, the answer isn’t always a Miata. A Miata might be one of them, but it isn’t the only answer. What are the most fun cars to drive under $35k? There are several familiar picks …
2006 Honda Civic lineup

What Kind of Car Can I Get for $5,000?

Although used car prices are expected to drop, especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not like every single one will be universally affordable. True, a used Porsche Cayman or Audi S4 is a great deal, especially compared to a new model. However, they’ll never be truly cheap. Trying to find a car under $5000 …
1966 Datsun 520 Miata truck
Trucks & SUVs

Miata-Based Datsun Brings New Meaning to the Term ‘Sport Truck’

Although the Mazda Miata isn’t the only affordable sports car on the market, it is one of the most popular. That popularity means there’s a ton of aftermarket support for almost any kind of Miata build you could think of. From lifting it for off-roading, to transplanting AWD underneath, to shoving a Hellcat V8 under …
NA Mazda Miata with Subaru WRX drivetrain

Someone Made an AWD Rally Miata With a Subaru Drivetrain

Usually, if you’re going rallying, all-wheel drive is practically a necessity. Although rear-wheel drive rally cars have won races, after Audi’s Ur-Quattro debuted, AWD became the norm. The technology allowed the Mitsubishi Pajero, Toyota Celica, Nissan Pulsar, and Mitsubishi Lancer to compete on the world stage. The Porsche Cayenne and Rolls-Royce Cullinan are also rally …
2019 Mazda Miata small car

Mazda Miata versus Pontiac Solstice

By 2006 the Mazda MX-5 Miata had become the benchmark for affordable roadsters in the United States. It had been on the market for over twenty years, with competitors disappearing in its wake. Then, the Pontiac Solstice appeared on the scene. Shoppers suddenly were forced to consider Miata versus Solstice before making a choice.  Miata Debut The …
Red 1995 Del Sol Si Vtec

The Miata and Del Sol Rivalry

Ask an auto enthusiast what a good modern, small, lightweight, open-air, and affordable car would be, and they will probably tell you the Mazda MX-5 Miata. But that was not always the case. The Miata was introduced in 1989. Between then and now, there have been many other competitors. However, the Honda Del Sol was the only real competition. …
1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata 10AE side

Can You Daily Drive Even an Old Mazda Miata?

A daily-driver doesn’t have to be a 3-row SUV or crossover. True, it’d be difficult for most to commute in a Morgan or Pur Sang Bugatti, although some do. But, if your life allows it, there are quite a few sporty cars that can serve as fun commuters, like the Lotus Elise and Honda S2000. …