of the 2018 Mazda MX‑5 Miata. Base trim shown.
Here at Cars.com, we do our utmost to give every car a fair shake. But that doesn't mean that we don't have favorites or that we don't get excited about certain vehicles or events. This was one of those times that I found myself positively giddy — a chance to drive the latest version of a car that I adore (and one my family owns) on a road that I try to drive at least once a year as an act of Zen.
The car in question was the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata, which receives its first set of large changes (apart from the introduction of the RF hardtop model) since the fourth, ND generation launched in 2015. There are new standard and available safety features, a new trim level and, most exciting, a bump in power for the four-cylinder engine.
The road? A segment of U.S. Highway 101 in California that stretched from Pismo Beach up to San Francisco, where I concluded my journey in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. We took our time on the trip to explore not only the highway and its dramatic cliffs, but also a few of the mountain and canyon roads that shoot up from the ocean. This setting (and some agreeable California weather) gave the Miata plenty of room to shine — and that's exactly what it did. (Per our ethics policy, Cars.com pays for its own lodging and transportation at such automaker-sponsored events.)
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The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata currently has 0 recalls
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