If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “Can you convince my wife/girlfriend/partner.. that I should keep my motorcycle/ build that project car/ keep my vintage car?” I’d be a wealthy woman. My friend Fadra Nally recommended that I start a series about it, so here we go! I’m here to help men/women/others craft a logical argument to their mate (or themselves) around why certain cars are worth buying. I’m starting with the one car that I consider never to be a bad idea—The Mazda Miata MX-5.
I recently spent time with both the 2022 RF (Hard Top) Club and Soft Top Grand Touring MX-5s. See my video here for more info on the RF, or scroll to the bottom. Before you panic about which trim you should get, don’t. They’re all great. The one thing I would insist on (unless your life is spent in traffic) is that you consider the manual transmission. It is simply the greatest! I’ve driven (and owned) many from Porsche, Subaru, Mini, BMW, and Mercedes, and I can easily say that this is, dollar-for-dollar, the best stick on the market. While that may not convince your partner to buy one, here are a few other damn good reasons (feel free to steal them all). You’re welcome!
The Mazda MX-5 Isn’t Practical
Wrong. The Miata is cheap to buy, cheap to maintain, and wildly fuel efficient. That sounds pretty practical to me.
An MX-5 Is A Waste Of Money!
Yet the Miata is a rolling glee factory, so consider the time and expenses many of us use to escape our lives and find joy. Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, gambling, or even something as innocent as daydreaming—I would argue that nothing can get an individual from sad to happy quicker than running through all six gears of the Mazda MX-5. Try it, you’ll see. Then add up all of the expensive and destructive ways you search for happiness, and I believe you’ll find the MX-5 is money well spent.
A Convertible? No Way!
Yes, way. The MX-5 RF raises and lowers in less than 13 seconds. So it’ll go from a droptop to a hardtop quicker than you can say “hail storm.” The ragtop is equally easy—with three clicks and a toss, you can go from a regular car to a tanning machine. Plus, thanks to global warming, there will be more days to enjoy it.
Shouldn’t We Buy An EV?
Sure. Buying an EV is all the rage. But you’ll spend a lot of time worrying about where, how, and how long you’ll charge it. With the MX-5, your tank can be filled at any gas station, your mileage will be at least 30 mpg. Plus, if you think about the overall carbon footprint of the Miata—it is light, cheap to build, and will forever be collectible, so you’ll never have to worry about it ending up in a landfill. Who’s saving the Earth now?
A Two-Seater? Nope.
It’s great sense. Kids are great. So are grandkids. Don’t you want to see them smiling in this droptop masterpiece? Plus, what’s better suited for quality time than the ultimate roadster? You may not be top contenders for carpooling, and Costco runs will be incredibly awkward, but your driveway will instantly become infinitely hotter the minute this Mazda MX-5 rolls in.
Yeah, But No One Drives A Manual Anymore
Exactly. Thus, this vehicle is far less likely to be stolen than anything else on the road. Plus, you can teach the kids, the grandkids, and our friends how to drive a stick. Finally, it’ll keep everyone from texting while driving.