Mazda MX-5 Miata / RF
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is David in a field of Goliaths. Whereas most modern sports cars prefer to strike mighty blows with horsepower and acceleration, the Miata delivers its strikes with little more than a slingshot. And yet here it is on our 10Best Cars list. Again.
This is not to say the Miata is incapable of fleetness—its 5.8-second zero-to-60-mph time is nothing to scoff at—but any haste owes as much to the sub-2500-pound curb weight as the 155-hp 2.0-liter inline-four.
That lightness is a defining character trait, helping to deliver a transcendent behind-the-wheel experience. The chassis is balanced and communicative, the steering tactile and direct, and the standard manual transmission graceful and precise. Piloting a Miata is a reminder that driving can be—make that should be—a fulfilling experience, not a chore. Its modest limits easily explored, the Miata is the ultimate tool for teaching driving fundamentals, too. Heck, even the optional automatic gearbox is programmed for fun.
While you’re free to point out the Miata’s flaws—it’s difficult to see out of when the top is up (in the case of the hardtop RF, up or down), it can be loud inside, and there’s precious little room for stuff—these are worthwhile trade-offs in a car that practically begs you to take the long way home. As David slayed Goliath, the pint-size Mazda Miata punches far above its weight. It’s nothing less than one of the best cars on the planet, size and modest price be damned. —Greg Fink
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible or targa
ESTIMATED BASE PRICE:
DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 155 hp, 148 lb-ft
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.8–6.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.6–15.1 sec
Top speed: 129–133 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 158–171 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.88–0.90 g
EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
Combined/city/highway: 29/26/33–35 mpg
Source : caranddriver.com
Main article : 2018 10 Best Cars