100th anniversary Mazda Miata MX-5 with a 1960 Mazda R360
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What’s So Great About Mazda Cars?

Since the old school “zoom-zoom” commercials, Mazda cars have made quite a name for themselves. These days, the Mazda slogan says “driving matters,” and the company holds claim to a lineup of cars said to be fun to drive. Year after year, the MazdaBut what’s so great about Mazda cars? This isn’t a brand with …

The Mazda MX-5 Miata at the 111th Annual Chicago Auto Show
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Does the 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Have Apple CarPlay?

Many people these days have trouble not always using their phones. That even includes while driving, which is certainly a time when it’s safest not to have a phone in hand. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it possible to use many phone functions without handling the phone itself. In good news for new Mazda …

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The 5 Best 2020 Sports Cars Under $30K

Most people assume they can’t own a sports car because of the massive sticker price. It’s true many luxury sports cars are expensive, but some reasonably priced coupes can fit nicely into most budgets. If you’re car shopping, don’t ignore these five sporty 2020 sports cars you can purchase for less than $30,000.  Mazda MX-5 Miata It’s …

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The Most Fuel-Efficient Sports Cars

If you’re shopping for a sports car, then you either know exactly which one you want or, if you don’t, then you’re probably juggling some important facts and figures. Do you want front, rear, or all-wheel drive? Do you want one with more than two seats? And, is fuel efficiency important? It probably isn’t, but …

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is an affordable rear-wheel-drive sports car for the masses.
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The Story of How the Mazda MX-5 Miata Got Its Start

The current-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most capable affordable sports cars available for sale. However, the small sporty roadster’s story began back in the 1980s. At the time, Mazda’s lineup consisted mostly of family vehicles with nothing positioned below the rotary-engine-powered RX7. Mazda took a gamble by investing in a mass-market sports …

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Is the 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF Good For Road Trips?

If you had to think about the perfect car for road trips, you would probably think of something comfortable and fuel-efficient, like a Lexus ES hybrid, for example. Sport car enthusiasts might think of something like a Corvette, considering you can achieve around 30 mpg and travel pretty well with it. But the last car …

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How Fast Is the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Miata?

The Mazda MX-5 has always been known for its performance in the corners more than its straight-line speed. After all, just one look at this tiny two-seater and you’ll be hard-pressed to mistake it for a muscle car, but it’s still fun to toss around nonetheless. And while it feels more at home lapping cones …

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5 Annoying Features on the 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF

The 2020 Mazda MX-5 RF is easily one of the most engaging and fun cars in the market today and its definitely one of the best cars that we have driven to date. It currently stands alone in its segment as being the most venerable two-seat convertible, unless you count the Fiat 124, but that’s …

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Used Sports Cars Under $10,000 That Aren’t a Miata

Ask an enthusiast what a good weekend or hobby car would be for under $10,000, and often you will get the answer in the form of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. These small cars are endlessly customizable and are inexpensive. But, the Miata is not the only answer. In fact, there are a lot of used …

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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Is the Mazda MX-5 Miata a ‘Girl’s Car?’

Do you want a small, two-seat roadster that’s fun at any speed? Buy a Miata. Do you want a car that’s rear-wheel-drive and costs less than a sectional sofa at Ethan Allen? Buy a Miata. Do you want a car that’s easy to wrench on and you can tune to your heart’s desire? Buy a …

A red Mazda MX-5 Miata on display at an auto show
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Does the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Have A Manual Transmission?

Manual transmission cars are a dying breed these days. Even cars that are known for the driver-friendly platform and manual transmissions like the C8 Corvette have ultimately adopted automatic transmissions. Big-name brands like Lamborghini and Ferrari are joining suit, and it seems like the days of buying new sports cars with a manual transmission are …

A red 2004 Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata going around a corner
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Why Was the Mazdaspeed Miata a One-Hit Wonder?

The MX-5 Miata is very fun to drive, but Mazda’s affordable sports car isn’t precisely overwhelmed with power. As a result, engine swaps and aftermarket turbo kits are popular amongst the Mazda Miata fanbase. However, the automaker briefly did offer a version with a bit more juice: the Mazdaspeed Miata. But it’s a model Mazda …

Red 1991 Honda Beat viewed from the side with the roof down
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The Honda Beat Is a Mid-Engine, Pocket-Sized JDM Miata

Mazda isn’t the only Japanese automaker with an influential sports car. Honda has created its fair share as well. The S2000 competed directly with the Miata, and the NSX proved that supercars could genuinely be daily-drivable. But, as with the first Civic Type R and Nissan Skyline GT-R, some sporty JDM cars are only now …

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S vs. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
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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 …

2006 Honda Civic lineup
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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 …

2019 Mazda Miata small car
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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 …

1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata 10AE side
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Can You Daily Drive Even an Old AF 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. …