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.   

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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." 

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We can't wait to get behind the wheel of the 2016 MX-5—or its confirmed Italian cousin—for a proper road test. Until we can issue a full report, enjoy this video. 


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