Ever wondered what the best-selling sports car ever is? Wonder no further—it’s the Mazda Miata. Call it the Miata. Call it the MX-5. Or be geeky and call previous generations the NA or the NB. Because to paraphrase Shakespeare, regardless of what you call the Miata, it drives plenty sweet.
Legend has it that the little giant was built because Mazda engineers asked an American car writer—back in the early ’80s—what kind of car the world needed. His response? “Give us a little British roadster that doesn’t leak oil.” But those words were heartfelt, and today, every car that leaves a Mazda line shares a little bit of its DNA. That’s just one of the reasons the Mazda6 is so great.
In recent years, Mazda has sought to position itself as a premium brand. Unlike its Japanese rivals, the company doesn’t have a luxury line, though it briefly flirted with the idea—see the 929—back in the ’90s. The decision to focus on its core offerings has been an unmitigated win for customers, however, as today’s Mazdas come with many of the soft-touch appointments, high tech features, and beautiful cabins generally seen on vehicles with a much higher price point.
In fact, the CX-9 was one of the best three-row SUVs we drove this year. So let’s take a look at the Mazda6 in the video below. If you’re looking for a practical sedan that’s good in the bends, head to your local AutoNation Mazda dealer and arrange a test drive!