When the sun is shining and the asphalt twisting, few cars are more fun than a Miata. It’s affordable and reliable, too, meaning it’s the real-world kind of fun as opposed to the dreamland variety.

But what’s this little big-fun machine like the rest of the time, like on rainy weekdays when you have to stop at the store on your way home from the office? And for that matter, how does it do at the track?

These are the questions we set out to answer firsthand when we committed to adding a 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata to the KBB.com editorial fleet for a full 12 months. Come join our journey of discovery in the videos below.

Part 1: A Proper Introduction (Sideways)

Part 2: The Halfway Point: Track and Commuting Notes

Part 3: Saying Goodbye: Was it Hard?

Bonus Wrap-Up: Our Very Last Day in the 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

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