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Eric's Autos: 2021 Mazda Miata

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It's easy to forget there are still cars that are about driving rather than transportation. Cars that make the trip more appealing than the destination.

Such a car is the Mazda Miata. It makes you want to go for a drive even when you don't need to, and it makes you want to not get where you're going before you absolutely have to be there.

What It Is

The Miata is an unusual Mazda. It is the only two-door, soft-top, rear-wheel drive and manual transmission-equipped car Mazda still sells. It is also the most affordable roadster you can buy.

Prices start at $26,830 for the base Sport trim, which comes standard with a manual-folding soft-top as well as a six-speed manual transmission.

A six-speed automatic is available optionally.

 

Club versions, which sticker for $30,290 to start, add a shock tower brace, limited slip differential and Bilstein shock absorbers to enhance the car's already nimble handling. Also included are heated seats and an upgraded nine-speaker Bose audio system. This is three more speakers than come standard in the Sport trim.

Top-of-the-line Grand Touring trims -- which sticker for $31,770 to start -- get an upgraded, more insulated soft-top, automatic climate control, leather seating surfaces, heated outside mirrors and automatic headlights, among other amenities upgrades.

What's New

The key to the Miata's success is not messing with what makes it successful. The current Miata is basically the same Miata with no significant changes made since the 2016 model year, which is when just a few minor changes were made. But nothing that altered the Miata-ness of the car, which has been largely the same car since its 1989 introduction.

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