7 sports cars you can drive every day

Mazda MX-5 Miata

Price: $26,775

Mileage: 21 mpg city/28 highway/23 combined

Launched in the late '80s, the MX-5 Miata enjoyed instant success. We fell hard for this roadster because it's a modern, safer, more reliable two-seater than the British roadsters, such as Triumph TRs, Austin Healeys and MGBs, that it successfully imitates. Mazda managed to give Miata the fun-to-drive qualities of those iconic British sports cars without all of their quality and reliability issues. Over the years, it hasn't strayed from that formula, and we think that's a good thing. We love that it's rear-wheel drive and can be thrown into corners. Its 167-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder engine and driver-shiftable six-speed automatic transmission make the Miata an absolute blast to tool around in. And although it's one of our smaller picks, the Miata is still roomy enough for six-footers to be comfortable — even with the top up.