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2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

In what could have been my final time reviewing a current-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, I'll have to say it was like saying a bittersweet farewell to an old friend. You see, the third-generation Miata (NC) is my favorite iteration of the fun little roadster, and with the next Miata being co-developed with Alfa Romeo, I fear the car might lose some of the "jinba ittai" that has made it incredible track car for the last 23 years. If this was to be my last extended drive in the MX-5 Miata, I couldn't have asked for a better send-off with it being a black-on-red tester with a soft top, manual... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
2.0L I4
Power:
167 HP / 140 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Manual
MSRP:
$27,500 (as tested)
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    Paris: 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata still brings a smile to our faces
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    Video: Chris Harris capitulates on his hatred for the Mazda MX-5 Miata... sort of
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    Report: Alfa Romeo's version of Mazda MX-5 Miata to be costlier, offer own engines
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    Motorsports: This is what a $200,000 Mazda Miata looks like
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    Report: Facelifted 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata leaked?
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    Video: Watch Mazda's MX-5 GT Concept climb the hill at Goodwood
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    Official: UK gets Mazda MX-5 Miata Kuro special edition
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    Official: Mazda to debut MX-5 Miata GT Concept, looking for feedback
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    Official: Mazda debuts supercharged MX-5 Miata Yusho concept in Leipzig
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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #284
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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #284 LIVE
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    Report: Fiat to assemble Mazda models in Fiat and Chrysler plants?
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    Official: Mazda and Fiat to co-develop a roadster based on next-gen MX-5 Miata
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    The next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata will have a sibling, but it won't be a Mazda, it will be an Alfa Romeo. The Japanese automaker has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alfa parent Fiat to co-develop a roadster based on the MX-5 platform that is expected to see production in Mazda's Hiroshima factory, with the Alfa version coming in 2015. Pegged ...

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    Video: MotoMan at Targa Newfoundland, Part Two
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    Video: Japanese TV show pits MX-5 against BRZ and FR-S at Twin Ring Motegi
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