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Mazda Miata named one of 10Best Cars for 2012

Car and Driver lauds the popular MX-5 for the 7th year in a row.

By Kylie MalstromPublished: December 20, 2011 07:00 AM

The 2012 MX-5 Miata, produced by Irvine-based Mazda, has been named one of Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars for the 7th year in a row. It's also the 13th time overall that the model has appeared on the list since the roadster debuted in 1989. The convertible is loved by both daily drivers and weekend road racers, and has been widely approved by automotive critics.

"Affordable, attainable, agile and attractive – the MX-5 Miata is as balanced a sports car as they come," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. "A world record holder as both the most popular two-seat roadster ever produced and as the most raced nameplate, the MX-5 sets the bar high on sports car performance and driving pleasure."

Car and Driver stated, “Here was an affordable roadster without drawback, a compact slingshot more fun than many cars costing twice as much.” The MX-5 appeared on the 10 Best list in 1990, its first model year.

The third-generation MX-5 is powered by an MZR 2.0-liter engine that produces up to 167 horsepower and red-lines at 7,200 rpm.

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