By KBB.com Editors
Fresh from its 2006 remake, the two-seat MX-5 Miata roadster continues to capture the hearts of driving enthusiasts and open-air aficionados everywhere. The lightweight roadster may not be big on horsepower, but its 50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution, dynamic suspension and lightening-quick steering make it a blast to drive, while its excellent fuel economy makes it the perfect commuter car. Despite its small proportions, the MX-5 is easy to live with. The top, for example, can be operated from inside the car with just one arm and, when retracted, collapses into a small well behind the seats, as does the new available power-operated hardtop. As a result, the MX-5's small trunk is unaffected by the top's position, a claim cars such as the Pontiac Solstice can't make.You'll Like This Car If...
If brutal winters make owning a soft-top car a nightmare, the MX-5's new retractable hardtop is a dream come true. The MX-5's excellent fuel economy makes it a viable commuter car for those looking to leave their gas-thirsty SUVs at home. Driving enthusiasts and SCCA members love its wonderful handling and overall nimble performance.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're long of leg or over six feet in height, the MX-5 can still present you with a cramped driving position. The MX-5 has a small trunk and does not offer much in the way of interior storage space. If this is going to be your only mode of transport, you're not going to win many friends when it's your turn to drive the co-workers to lunch.What's Significant About This Car?
The biggest news for 2007 is the introduction of an available retractable hardtop. Powering down in 12 seconds, the hardtop and glass rear window occupy the same space as the folding soft-top.Driving It Driving Impressions
A turn of the key demonstrates a noticeable reduction in vibration over the previous-generation Miata. Where the old car would buzz and shudder at idle, the MX-5 hums as serenely as a happy humming bird. The 2.0-liter pulls strongly and keeps right on giving well past the 55-mph mark. Once in motion, the MX-5 rolls comfortably over smooth pavement and takes dips and bumps with few theatrics.
The MX-5's 50/50 front/rear weight balance allows the car to perform seemingly impossible maneuvers that would be more difficult if the car had more of its weight biased to either end. We later learned that at speeds in excess of 35 miles per hour, the MX-5's windshield creates an air curtain above the driver's and passenger's heads, effectively escorting nature's little water bombs to the rear of the car.
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Retractable Hardtop design
The MX-5's hardtop roof adds a mere 77 pounds to the car's weight and can be raised and lowered in just 12 seconds.