In the not-too-distant-past, affordable roadsters roamed the landscape like buffalo on the Great Plains during the Western Expansion. There were Fiat 124 Spiders, Alfa Romeo Spiders, Triumph TR-6s, Lotus Elans and MG Bs. Later, there were cars like the MX-5 Miata
, the MR2 Spyder and the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.
Today, like the buffalo, these affordable-but-fun roadsters have all but vanished from the landscape. Where others have disappeared completely, the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata soldiers on, proudly wearing the distinction of the “world’s best selling two-seat sports car
For 2012, the Mazda MX-5
returns all but unchanged from 2011, with the sole update being standard traction control and stability control across all models. While the current generation, launched in later 2005 as a 2006 model, is getting up in years, there’s still a lot to like about the MX-5. For starters, it’s hands-down the most entertaining car to drive in its price range,...