Ask a car enthusiast what the best driver's car on the road is, and the Mazda MX-5 Miata is very likely to come up rather quickly. Unjustly saddled with a reputation as a "chick's car," the Miata has been, over its three generations, one of the finest driving instruments ever built - it's light, agile and rear-wheel drive with direct, snappy steering, an engine that revels in being revved and a precise, smooth-shifting transmission. The fact that it's ridiculously affordable and reliable is simply a bonus.

It should come as no surprise then, that a car with these traits has endured for 25 years, a milestone reached only by some of the most famous nameplates in the auto industry - Corvette, Mustang, F-150, SL, M3 and so on. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Jay Leno spent some time with the little roadster that could, while also chatting with two of the Mazda employees that were central to the MX-5's arrival on the world's automotive scene, Bob Hall and Tom Matano.

Take a look below for the latest video from Jay Leno's Garage on the excellent Mazda MX-5 Miata.


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      dovegraybird
      • 10 Months Ago
      I always wondered why this was considered to be a "chick car" when every time I have seen one since the intro, there's been a man behind the wheel 9 times out of 10.
        Lachmund
        • 10 Months Ago
        @dovegraybird
        here in germany it is a chick car. mostly women drive it...which means insurance is ridiculously low! less than a VW polo...! pure WIN for me!
        NissanGTR
        • 10 Months Ago
        @dovegraybird
        NO vee ate = chick car.
          Skicat
          • 10 Months Ago
          @NissanGTR
          Big V8 + little dick
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 10 Months Ago
      Headlights go up! Headlights go down!
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Hiroshima design looks like the MX-6, another very well built car.
      Jaybird248
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'll celebrate the Miata's birthday by taking my red '91 (1.8 re-engined) "Maza-rati" for a ride down the beach. Thanks, Mazda, for making the affordable sports car again. And as for Gen 4, please keep it light and tight., and don't screw it up.
      bK
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wow cool, those classified prototype designs are cool to look at.
        bK
        • 10 Months Ago
        @bK
        Imagine what the world would be if the Hiroshima proposal of front motor FWD won.
      Koenigsegg
      • 10 Months Ago
      i left one of these in the dust the other day in my smart ED. the dude accelerated at the previous light then i got around the cars and got next to him to show him his car wasn't fast. and i did.
        Aaron N
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        smart ED? Sounds like a problem. Might have to get that looked at Dan.
        Lachmund
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        who would try to race a smart...i mean...ever?!
        MistyGreen
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Guys, come on, let him have his moment. He doesn't get to think his car is fast very often. Or really, ever.
        TurboZ
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        As a NA miata owner, i know for sure that driver wasn't trying to race you. Go back to your greenroom tesla boy, performance comes with an exhuast note.
        Aaron W
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Wow. I bet you have a ********* too.
      pwr2lbs
      • 10 Months Ago
      Speaking of LBGT advertising....
      ELG
      • 10 Months Ago
      Im surprised you didnt figure out a way to make this post about homosexuals too, autoblog
      Michael N
      • 10 Months Ago
      jay leno you are a waste of money you never made anyone i know laugh what the producers seen in you i have no idea unless they were gay same with Letterman another not funny person boring .
        Schwy
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Michael N
        I can't get past your run-on sentence structure, poor capitalization and derogatory words to understand what you are trying to say.
        Lachmund
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Michael N
        i feel sorry for your friends bro
        EXP Jawa
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Michael N
        Here's a simple, yet time-honored solution if you don't like the content of the article: don't click the link.
      Steve
      • 10 Months Ago
      Saw a Miata with an infiniti v8 (VH45DE) out in california at an auto show. Only Miata I could ever see myself driving
      Matt
      • 10 Months Ago
      Really Jay? I have a ton of respect for you as a car guy, but you put the chrome fake roll bar hoops on it? And a Jackson supercharger sticker on it? I think you just about killed the clean classic shape. To each his own...but I disagree. Then again, I drive a bone stock LOOKING NA miata
      550PlusX5
      • 10 Months Ago
      I like throwing around my miata around at the autocross.. Cheap, affordable, not afraid to break it, and don't mind running over cones with it (by accident of course)...
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