When Mazda first released the Miata more than two decades ago, no manufacturer was selling anything like it. The four-cylinder roadster was affordable, reliable, and handled like a go-kart. It was a little British sports car, without the legions of electrical gremlins and oil leaks which came standard with the the Union Jack badging.
Surprisingly, over a quarter century later, the MX-5—as the Miata is now officially known—is still unique.
And while the original model was born of the nostalgia for rickety old MGs, Triumphs and Austin-Healeys, Mazda's plucky little contender is now old enough to produce some sepia-toned memories of its own. A generation of drivers grew up with the MX-5 Miata, and Mazda plays off those sentiments beautifully in the just-released spot for its newest family member, "A Driver's Life."