A Brief History of the Mazda MX-5 Miata: Exploring Four Generations of Driving Joy
With over 1,000,000 Mazda Miatas and MX-5s sold over the years, there’s a very good chance you’ve seen at least one of the four generations of roadsters. These cars have a cult-ish following and for a very good reason.
Over the four generations of Miata, there’s one thing you can count on: it’s going to be a lot of fun to drive. That all started with the first generation car, called the NA, which was sold from 1989 to 1997. It weighed practically nothing, just around 2,100 lbs. and under the hood was a small four cylinder engine. You can always tell a first generation model apart thanks to its pop-up headlights. Early models came with 1.6-liter four cylinder engines making around 115 horsepower, while later models came with a bigger 1.8-liter engine that made around 130 horsepower.