When you look at classic cars, many of the most desirable vintage cars offer an open-aired driving experience. Cars like the Porsche 550 Spyder and Shelby Cobra are roadsters that any enthusiast would love to have in their garage. Those two examples are so popular and rare that they have become some of the more common replicas.
In the 60’s roadsters like the MGB, Lotus Elan and Triumph TR6 showed the model that a roadster should follow (other than reliability). They weren’t the most powerful cars, but they let you have the wind in your hair in a fun to drive package.
In the early 90’s Mazda wanted to bring back the roadster in the spirit of these great British examples, but in a more reliable package.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is an important car. The little roadster opened the door to cars like the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4.
The Miata showed that the public would once again buy a small roadster, like they did with European small convertibles of the 60’s. The Japanese sports car was a departure from the 60’s open-aired cars that were mainly built by British manufacturers.
The new 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata gets a number of small changes that adds up to a sharper sports car than the outgoing model. The roadster gets a new powertrain that produces 17 percent more power than the version it replaces. All this while being more fuel efficient.
Now the Miata has never been about straight line speed, but more about near perfect balance. The small vehicle is best in the corners, but a little extra power never hurts.
At one time many thought that vehicles produced from Japanese car companies were pieces of junk. That perception has largely changed and now these same automakers produce some very dependable cars.
Beyond daily drivers they all make some very good performance cars. These range from the Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster to the supercar beating Nissan GT-R. Without further hesitation we announce our nominees for our Import Car of the Year.
The editors over at Yahoo have named the 2016 Mazda MX-5 their “Fresh Car of the Year”. So just what is the “Fresh Car of the Year” award? Yahoo defines the criteria for the award as a car that simply puts a smile on your face and tugs at your heartstrings.
The category is for cars that can’t be chosen by pure stats. Cars like the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 have impressive stats that tell you much of what you need to know, but the lot in this category just don’t fully fit in.